How to permanently change DNS nameservers in Ubuntu 18.04.3? Wiki article is not working.

Posted November 23, 2019 12.8k views
DNSUbuntu 18.04


I am trying to permanently change the DNS nameserver being using on my droplet.

I following this article:

But the permanent fix option is not working.

The file “/etc/network/interfaces.d/50-cloud-init.cfg” does not exist.
And when I add nameservers to the file “/etc/network/interfaces” and restart the droplet, no change occurs. The file is saved, but the DNS server being used are still the default ones.

My “/etc/network/interfaces” file looks like the following:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

source /etc/network/interfaces.d/*


Am I missing something? I am new to Linux.

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2 answers


With the older Ubuntu distributions, you could do that with the /etc/resolv.conf however, with Ubuntu 18.04 you should make the change in the netplan configs at /etc/netplan/*.yaml files.

The file would look something like this:

    version: 2
                macaddress: cc:8c:11:e1:1b:81
                search: []
            set-name: eth0

To change your nameservers, just update the addresses under the nameservers section. And then run:

sudo netplan apply

Hope that this helps!

Just to point out for servers:

For persistence through reboots, you must create a file to stop cloudinit from resetting 50-cloud-init.yaml… (tested on ubuntu 20 server on DO today)

Copied from the default /etc/netplan/50-cloud-init.yaml :
This file is generated from information provided by the datasource. Changes
to it will not persist across an instance reboot. To disable cloud-init’s
network configuration capabilities, write a file
/etc/cloud/cloud.cfg.d/99-disable-network-config.cfg with the following:
network: {config: disabled}

*** Info: The actual addresses will be nameservers rather than redirects to resolvconf, so no etc in the yaml file.

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