Linux: How To Find the Default Gateway

Posted January 3, 2008 by Rob Rogers in Linux networking

Whether you’re troubleshooting network problems or trying to set up a VPN, knowing what address your computer has configured as the default gateway is always useful. Running a simple command from the terminal can give you this.

1. Open a terminal window.

2. Input the following command and hit Enter:

route -n

3. The address contained in the last line (with the UG flag) is the address for your default gateway.


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  • ajit rai

    thank you

    pls add some more useful data.

  • Calucop

    but if reboot the system. it loss default gateway 

  • Steve

    Doesn’t work on my Linux servers:
    $ route -n
    bash: route: command not found