Renew DHCP Address in Linux

By Lowell Heddings on July 16th, 2010

This page will explain how to renew your DHCP address when using Linux.


Type the following command from the terminal prompt. If you are using a distro other than Ubuntu, make sure that your user account has sudo permissions, otherwise you might have to use su to switch to root before entering the command.

sudo dhclient -r


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Listening on LPF/eth0/00:0c:29:3d:6e:71
Sending on   LPF/eth0/00:0c:29:3d:6e:71
Sending on   Socket/fallback

You can restart networking if you are having problems by using the following command:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

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  • Published 07/16/10
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