Set Up a Static Host-Only Network for Virtualbox


Setting up a Host-Only Network with Ubuntu Server requires some knowledge of networking. But why accumulate knowledge when you can simply copy snippets from the internet?

Set Up Host-Only Networking

Host-Only Networking is a setting in VirtualBox that allows your host machine to act like a DHCP server for a private network on your machine. Using this setting, you may loom like a god above the private network you create on your garden of nodes. Or, you can just test out some new service… Your choice.

Enable Host-Only Networking

Right-click settings on your virtual machine of choice, then click the Network tab. Choose Adapter 2 and then click Enable Network Adapter. Make sure the Name dropdown says vboxnet1. If it does not, click VirtualBox from your menu bar, then Preferences, and then the Network tab because we’re going to add a new network. Click the Add host-only network button. This will create a new Host-Only network with a gateway of We’ll set our Ubuntu Server up accordingly.

Configure Your Ubuntu Box

Start the box, then issue the following commands:

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

Then, make your interfaces file look like this:

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static

Then, reboot your machine.

sudo reboot

Verify Your Settings

We want to make sure that the settings you put in place work. To do so, issue this command


And view the resulting settings:

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 08:00:27:c8:d3:98  
      inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
        ...Truncated for brevity...

eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 08:00:27:0e:e2:c0  
       inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
        ...Truncated for brevity...

If you don’t see that, be sure that the Host Only Network you created in the steps above is in the gateway range.

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