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How to Add an Extra IP to CentOS 7?

In this article, we are going to explain and demonstrate how to add one or more extra IPs on a NIC in CentOS 7.

Posted: 01 Jan, 19 Updated: 05 Mar, 23 by Sophia H 2 Min

How to Add an Extra IP to CentOS 7?

Sometimes you need to add more than one IP to a NIC (i.e. Network Interface Controller), this situation occurs when you need to support two or more separate networks with one CentOS server. In this article, we are going to add an extra IP to one NIC in CentOS 7.

At first, we need to know the NIC name and to find it out, login as root(how to connect to Linux server) user and insert the following command:

ip a

Here's an example of the output:How to Add an Extra IP to CentOS 7?

As you see in the output, the NIC name used for this demonstration is eno16777984 and the IP is To change the NIC IP or to add more IPs, we should open the “/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/eno16777984” file with an editor done through the command below:

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eno16777984

Please Note: that eno16777984 is the demonstration server’s NIC name and will be different for your vps server.

The opened configuration file should look like this:

How to Add an Extra IP to CentOS 7? 

Now press ‘i’ to edit the file and enter the new IP address that you want to add as IPADDR1 like shown in the picture below. If this new IP is in a different subnet, enter the gateway and subnet mask as GATEWAY1 and PREFIX1.

Note that Prefix means the number of ‘1’ in the subnet mask.


After editing the file, press ‘esc’ and then type the ‘:wq’ to save and exit the file.

Now the only thing left to do is to restart the network by typing the following command:

/etc/init.d/network restart

Congratulations, you have succesfully added a new IP to your NIC through CentOS 7.


Sophia H

Sophia H

My name is Sophia H. My degree is MS in Information Technology Engineering. I have been working for 5 years on Java developing (j2ee), Computer Networking (Optical Networks), Virtualization and Hosting.