A script to add hostname and IP address to /etc/hosts file automatically.

In this post, we will check out small script which takes hostname and IP address from the user and add it to /etc/hosts file of our Linux system automatically.

So here goes the script:


#! /bin/bash
read -p "Enter host: " hostname
read -p "Enter IP address of the host: " ip
sed -i.bkp "$ a $hostname $ip" /etc/hosts

Seems interesting, lets see how to create the script file and how it operates:

First lets create the script:

[root@nglinux ~]# cat << EOF > edit_host.sh
> #! /bin/bash
> read -p "Enter host: " hostname
> read -p "Enter IP address of the host: " ip
> sed -i.bkp "$ a \$hostname \$ip" /etc/hosts
> EOF

Now lets make the script executable and run it to test the scenario.

[root@nglinux ~]# chmod +x edit_host.sh
[root@nglinux ~]# ./edit_host.sh 
Enter host: testhost1
Enter IP address of the host: 192.168.1.2

Now verify the contents of /etc/hosts file if it is edited successfully.

[root@nglinux ~]# tail /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1   localhost localhost.localdomain localhost4 localhost4.localdomain4 nglinux
::1         localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6 localhost6.localdomain6
testhost1 192.168.1.2
[root@nglinux ~]# 

Just try it on your system and use the powerful sed command to perform such tasks and for automating them.

In case, you are not able to understand anything in the script, please do comment here, i will reply asap.

5 Replies to “A script to add hostname and IP address to /etc/hosts file automatically.”

    • Saket Jain

      Make Sure to use double quotes for the line :
      sed -i.bkp “$ a $hostname $ip” /etc/hosts

      Single quotes text is not processed by bash shell.

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