In Systemd Linux server like Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x, CentOS 7.x, Oracle Linux server the interface device name will be different from Linux version 6. We may get random names similar to ens123 or en133. In some case, if the name needs to be renamed as eth0 or eth1 its possible. However going backwards is not advisable and not a good practice. Anyhow, we need to adhere to our infrastructure requirements so let see how to rename interface from new name to old name.

There are two ways to accomplish it.

Method 1: Create a udev rule and rebuild the grub.
Method 2: Install bisodevname and reboot the server.

Before changing with the interface names let us verify the current interface name.

# ip a


rhel 7 interface name before changed
rhel 7 interface name before changed


Method 1: Create a udev rule and rebuild the grub.

Step 1: Mask the default interface names in Systemd.

By default udev rule will assign a fixed name, we need to make the udev to not assign with any name. By creating a soft link from /dev/null to udev rule file we can mask it.

# ln -s /dev/null /etc/udev/rules.d/80-net-name-slot.rules

mask udev for random named interface
mask UDEV for random named interface

Step 2: Create Custom name for the interface using udev

Now create your own custom udev rules for your interface, As per our requirement, it needs to be eth0. But you can define any name like prod0, dev0 or test0.

The custom file which we are creating should be in order before the default udev rules file (80-net-name-slot.rules), example our file should be 70-net-name-slot.rules to load before the default one.

Make a copy of existing file from /usr/lib/udev/rules.d/ and alter the required parameters.

# cp -pv /usr/lib/udev/rules.d/80-net-name-slot.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/70-net-name-slot.rules


create udev rule for interface name
create udev rule for the interface name

We are only adding with interface name as NAME!=”eth0″. Refer below the figure for the same.

# vi /etc/udev/rules.d/70-net-name-slot.rules


change parameters n udev rule file
change parameters n udev rule file

We have completed with creating a custom udev rule, By following let’s rebuild the grub, configure the interface and reboot the server.

Step 3: Add kernel parameters and rebuild grub.

Then edit the grub and add with kernel parameters

# ls -lthr /etc/default/grub
# vi /etc/default/grub


We need to make changes to line starting with “GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”, Refer below picture for the same.

net.ifnames=0 and biosdevname=0

net.ifname biosdevname 0
net.ifname biosdevname 0
# grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg


rebuild grub
rebuild grub


Step 4: Create a new interface file for eth0.

Now we need to create an interface file for eth0, made a copy of existing interface “ifcfg-ens33” to “ifcfg-eth0” and make sure to remove the UUID from the configuration, else create with a new UUID using “uuidgen“.

# cp -pv /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens33 /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0


interface configuration from old to a new interface name

Once above all steps are carried out then reboot the server and verify the interface name.

# reboot
# ip a


interface name after change
interface name after the change

Method 2: Install bisodevname and modify boot parameter.

To perform above requirement by installing a package will work only on a server BIOS which running with SMBIOS 2.6 and higher versions.

Step 1: Install the biosdevname package

# yum install biosdevname


Once the above package installed biosdevname=0 will be available as a boot option which will rename the interfaces to eth0.

That’s it we have completed with creating a custom udev rule to rename the unpredictable interface names in systemd Linux servers.


Many production running application may have dependencies on legacy method. We need to make infra requirement fulfil by making few changes to the server which will help business to up and running without any interrupt. In this guide, we have seen how to make an interface name to old name format. More tricks and tips are coming on the way make sure to subscribe with us to get updated information.


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