7 Useful Linux Networking Commands

Though you can usually manage your network settings via the GUI in most Linux distros these days, it’s always good to be familiar with the command-line tools. So we’re going to review some select commands from a couple of tools that are typically included in the popular Linux distros. Remember, if you want full details on the tool and its options, refer to its man page: type man followed by the tool name. Now bring up a terminal and let’s get started!
ifconfig for basic interface and IP configuration

The ifconfig tool (derived from interface configurator) provides a few very basic, but important, functions. It lets you turn network adapters on and off and assign IP address and netmask details. Here are some of the common commands:

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