I changed the hostname of my Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance. However, when I reboot or stop and then start the instance, the hostname changes back. How do I get the hostname to persist?

To be sure that a hostname persists when an Amazon EC2 instance is rebooted or stopped, you must add the hostname to the appropriate configuration files on your Amazon EC2 instance.

Note: The following steps apply to Amazon Linux. For instructions that apply to Amazon Linux 2, see How do I assign a static hostname to a private Amazon EC2 instance running RHEL 7 or Centos 7?

1.    Open /etc/sysconfig/network in vim:

sudo vim /etc/sysconfig/network

2.    Change the value of the HOSTNAME parameter (replace persistent_hostname with your preferred hostname):


3.    Set NETWORKING to yes:


4.    Save and exit the vim editor.

Note: After making this change, press SHIFT + : to open a new command entry box in the vim editor. Type wq, and then press Enter to save your changes and exit vim.

5.    Open /etc/hosts in vim:

sudo vim /etc/hosts

6.    Change the entry beginning with to the following, replacing persistent_hostname, localdomain, and localhost with your preferred hostname, local domain, and local host: persistent_hostname.localdomain localhost localhost.localdomain

7.    Save and exit the vim editor.

8.    To verify that you successfully changed the hostname, reboot your instance, and then run the hostname command:

sudo reboot

The command should return the new hostname.

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Published: 2015-09-14

Updated: 2019-01-22