How to add a static route permanently on Linux

A static route is defined by statically configuring a next-hop router IP address for a specific destination network. You can add a static route by using "route add" command. However, a static route so added is not persistent across reboots. If you would like to add a static route permanently on Linux, do the following.

In this example, I assume that you wish to define a static route for network via on eth0.

To add a static route permanently on CentOS, Fedora or RHEL:

$ sudo echo " via" >> /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-eth0

To add a static route permanently on Ubuntu or Debian:

$ sudo echo "up route add -net gw dev eth0" >> /etc/network/interfaces

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