Set a static IP address with nmtui on Raspberry Pi OS 12 'Bookworm'

Old advice for setting a Raspberry Pi IP address to a static IP on the Pi itself said to edit the /etc/dhcpcd.conf file, and add it there.

But on Raspberry Pi OS 12 and later, dhcpcd is no longer used, everything goes through Network Manager, which is configured via nmcli or nmtui. If you're booting into the Pi OS desktop environment, editing the IP settings there is pretty easy.

But setting a static IP via the command line is a little different.

First, get the interface information—you can get a list of all interfaces with nmcli device status:

$ nmcli device status
DEVICE         TYPE      STATE                   CONNECTION         
eth0           ethernet  connected               Wired connection 1 
lo             loopback  connected (externally)  lo                 
wlan0          wifi      disconnected            --                 

In my case, I want to set an IP on eth0, the built-in Ethernet.

I can get all the current information about that port with nmcli device show eth0, and I can edit the connection using the terminal UI (nmtui):

$ sudo nmtui edit "Wired connection 1"

This brings up a connection editor, where you can highlight "IPv4 CONFIGURATION" and change it from <Automatic> to <Manual>, and then use <Show> to show all the settings.

Go through each setting adding in at least an IPv4 address, Gateway, and DNS Server, for example:

nmtui edit wired eth0 Ethernet connection for static IP address

Then go down to the bottom and select 'OK'.

This saves the static IP configuration, but doesn't apply it immediately. To apply the changes, you need to restart NetworkManager:

$ sudo systemctl restart NetworkManager

Then if you run nmcli device show eth0, you should see the new IP address (the old one might still be attached to the interface at the same time until you reboot):

pi@deskpi1:~ $ nmcli device show eth0
GENERAL.DEVICE:                         eth0

You can also configure a static IP entirely via nmcli without using the UI; see this article on nmcli` from

For bonus points, you can easily automate changes to network interfaces with Ansible, for example:

    - name: Configure static IP address (using Network Manager).
        conn_name: "Wired connection 1"
        ifname: eth0
        type: ethernet
        ip4: ""
        gw4: ""
        state: present
      notify: restart networkmanager


You can also replace the 'restart networkmanager' part with reactivating the specific connection. But of course only if you're logged in locally or via a different connection :)

I tried that too, actually—but it didn't seem to pick up the new IP for some reason, until I restarted all of networkmanager. Might've just been too impatient.

NetworkManager is the new systemd-like borg only worse. Ugh. Such a step backward from old-school especially with wpa_supplicant being removed.