Raspberry Pi: Changing the Hostname

This is a tutorial on how to change the hostname of your Raspberry Pi.

If you usually do an IP Address scan whenever you  connect your Raspberry Pi to a new WiFi network to find it then you should change the hostname of your Raspberry Pi. This is for you not to get confused when there are two Raspberry Pi’s connected to the network. At least you an select the right Raspberry Pi.

Just so you know the default hostname of the Raspberry Pi is raspberrypi.

Changing the Hostname of your Raspberry Pi

There are two ways to change this.

Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi
My Raspberry Pi on desktop setup.

Via Desktop (Pixel): Changing the Hostname

Go to Raspberry Pi Configuradion  (Menu >> Preference >> Raspberry Pi Configuration)

Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi

Once you click on the Raspberry Pi Configuration, a window will appear with different settings. Check the Hostname on the System Tab.
Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi

raspberrypi is the default hostname. To check just simply change the hostname and click OK.

For this example I changed my hostname to RadishLogic.

Then it will alert that you need to restart your Raspberry Pi for the changes to take effect. Click Yes.

Once your Raspberry Pi has finished rebooting go to Raspberry Pi Configuration again and see that your hostname is now changed.

Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi

And you have changed your Raspberry Pi’s hostname via GUI (Graphical User Interface)


Via command line (ssh or Raspbian Lite)

If you are either running Raspbian Lite or are connected to your Raspberry Pi via SSH you can follow the steps below.

You can easily see the current hostname by checking on the command line.

Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi

If you do not believe me run the command hostname on the terminal.

hostname

Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi

To change the hostname of your Raspberry Pi via Terminal run the command

sudo nano /etc/hosts

The lists of your hosts will look like this.

Changing the hostname of your Raspberry Pi

On the entry with the IP Address of 127.0.1.1, change raspberrypi to your desired hostname. For this example I will be changing it to RadishLogic.

Changing the hostname of your Raspberry Pi

Exit (Ctrl + X). Then press Y to save. Press Enter to complete the changes.

Then run this command.

sudo nano /etc/hostname

Nano text editor will be opened.

Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi.

The file only contains your current hostname (default is raspberrypi).

To change this edit the contents to your desired hostname.

Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi.

Exit (Ctrl + X). Then press Y to save. Press Enter to complete the changes.

Run the following command to proess the change in your hostname.

sudo /etc/init.d/hostname.sh

Changing the hostname of the Raspberry Pi.

Restart your Raspberry Pi.

sudo reboot

When your Raspberry Pi finishes reboot you can check if the hostname has been changed by running the hostname command.

Changing the hostname of your Raspberry Pi

Now that you have changed your hostname it is time to change your user and password.

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