I've always used the ifcfg-eth0:1 alias files to create additional addresses. However, in recent rhel documentation, it states that:

As the ip command of the iproute package now supports assigning multiple address to the same interface it is no longer necessary to use this method of binding multiple addresses to the same interface.

Furthermore, numerous answers and comments on this site mention that ifconfig is deprecated and that "ip" should be used instead. I'm fine using it for live changes, but how do I persist the changes across reboots without using the alias files?

  • I typically don't need aliased IP addresses to be persistent. It's always been a short-term need. There's nothing wrong with separate ifcfg-ethX:Y files, as that framework will continue to be supported for some time. What's your use-case, though?
    – ewwhite
    Dec 28, 2012 at 20:57
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    The iproute2 commands can create and assign addresses to the psuedo-interfaces, using aliases does not necessarily imply that ifconfig is being used. The deprecation of ifconfig, does not imply that the psuedo-interface feature in the kernel is also going away.
    – Zoredache
    Dec 28, 2012 at 23:20

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Put them in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0, with a 2 or 3 etc. after them, such as:


Unfortunately this seems to be undocumented (or I can't find it right now; it looks like Red Hat rearranged their web site yet again).

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    Never seen that approach before.
    – ewwhite
    Dec 28, 2012 at 20:55
  • Yea, that's what NetworkManager did when I tested it just now. I was surprised too. Upvotes for being a shorter, clearer answer. :) Dec 28, 2012 at 21:07
  • Excellent, thank you. Definitely undocumented, I've been looking for days!
    – prl77
    Dec 28, 2012 at 22:22
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    If you make changes to these files outside of NetworkManager, they won't be persistent. (Unless you stop NetworkManager and chkconfig it off.) NetworkManager likes to clobber your configuration with what it thinks is correct. Dec 31, 2012 at 13:09
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    The fun part is ifcfg-eth0:1 works on RHEL 6 but not on RHEL 7 and it's nowhere to be found in the Networking Guide document. Jan 20, 2015 at 15:55

On the same page where you pulled that paragraph, it tells you to use NetworkManager to assign multiple IP address to one interface.

For new installations, users should select the Manual method on the IPv4 or IPv6 tab in NetworkManager to assign multiple IP address to the same interface. For more information on using this tool, refer to Chapter 7, NetworkManager.

This appears to edit your interface configuration to add:

IPADDR2=IP address

For what it's worth, it also says that it is no longer necessary to use alias files, but that doesn't mean it doesn't work. (Especially if you need DHCP.) I personally would rather manage my network outside the GUI so you should be able to stop the NetworkManager service and continue business-as-usual with your alias files.

The last option, would be to put your ip commands in /etc/rc.local to be executed at system start. Beware, though, that if the network service is restarted, these settings will not be persistent. This should only be considered as a last resort.

Deployment Guide, 8.2.7. Alias and Clone Files

  • Thanks, I guess it never occurred to me to read sections about NM since I never use it. Good find.
    – prl77
    Dec 28, 2012 at 22:24

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