Unix HowTo: Start / Stop / Restart Network Service Command

How do I start, stop, or restart networking service under HP-UX, OpenBSD, AIX and other Unix like operating systems?

You can use the following commands as per your UNIX operating systems.

HP-UX Unix start / stop / restart networking service

# /sbin/init.d/net stop
# /sbin/init.d/net start
# /sbin/init.d/hostname start

IBM AIX Unix start / stop / restart networking service

Simply type the following command to make changes to tcp/ip
# smitty mktcpip
Start network service:
# startsrc
Stop network service:
# startsrc

OpenBSD start / stop / restart networking service

See this faq for more information on how to restart networking service:
# sh /etc/netstart pnc0

FreeBSD start / stop / restart networking service

See this post for more information on how to restart networking service:
# /etc/rc.d/netif restart

Sun/Oracle Solaris Unix start / stop / restart networking service

# svcadm restart physical

Linux: CentOS / RHEL / Red Hat / Fedora start / stop / restart networking service

See this faq for more information:
# service network stop
# service network start
# service network restart

Linux: Debian / Ubuntu server start / stop / restart networking service

See this faq for more information:
# service networking stop
# service networking start
# service networking restart

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6 comments… add one
  • Aprigio Simoes Aug 14, 2012 @ 17:07

    not, error in text.

    for HP-UX is /sbin/init.d/net and not /etc/init.d/net

  • Frank Aug 15, 2012 @ 21:48

    For Debian, this method throws an error.

  • Ajith Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:40

    For AIX, to stop the service “stopsrc”. for refresh the services “refresh

  • Fasial Ali May 16, 2013 @ 12:52

    Realy very help full these command of me Ubuntu machine
    Regards

  • waseel Nov 23, 2016 @ 6:08

    What about SCO UNIX how I can stop and start the services such as ssh and telnet.
    and how to enable telnet services

    thanks

  • Diego Mar 2, 2017 @ 19:42

    Awesome tips, thank you!

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