How to Change Your MAC Address on Linux


The Media Access Control (MAC) address is a unique identifier assigned to every network interface card (NIC) or wireless adapter. Changing your MAC address on Linux can be useful for several reasons, such as protecting your privacy or bypassing network restrictions. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to change your MAC address on Linux.

Using ifconfig

ifconfig stands for “interface configuration” and is a command-line tool used on Unix-based operating systems to configure and manage network interfaces, including Ethernet, wireless, and loopback interfaces. The ifconfig command can be used to view network interface information, such as IP address, MAC address, network masks, and other settings.

The ifconfig command is typically used in the command-line interface (CLI) and can be executed with root privileges or using the sudo command. The output of the ifconfig command displays information for each network interface, including its name, IP address, netmask, broadcast address, MAC address, and other properties.

Step 1: Open Terminal

Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard or by searching for it in the applications menu.

Step 2: Check Current MAC Address

To check your current MAC address, run:


This will display your network interfaces and their configurations, including your current MAC address.

Step 3: Turn Off Network Interface

Before changing your MAC address, you need to turn off the network interface that you want to modify. To do this, run:

sudo ifconfig eth0 down

Replace eth0 with the name of your network interface.

Step 4: Change MAC Address

To change the MAC address of your network interface, run:

sudo ifconfig eth0 hw ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX

Replace XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX with the new MAC address you want to use.

Step 5: Turn On Network Interface

Once you have changed your MAC address, you need to turn the network interface back on. To do this, run:

sudo ifconfig eth0 up

Replace eth0 with the name of your network interface.

Step 6: Verify New MAC Address

To verify that the new MAC address has been applied, run:


This should display your network interface configurations, including the new MAC address you have set.

Note: Changing your MAC address can potentially cause issues with network connectivity or violate network policies. Use this feature responsibly and with caution.


In conclusion, changing your MAC address on Linux is a straightforward process that requires just a few terminal commands. Remember to use this feature responsibly and only for legitimate reasons.

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