How to obtain hostname from IP address in Linux?

Today, I fell in need of identifying the host name (also termed as ‘DNS name‘) based on the IP address for one of my Linux Box. My first try was using 'ping -a' command. But that failed to satisfy my requirement.

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If you ever come across the situation where 'ping -a' does not provide you with the host name of the box, then you can try any of the below mentioned methods to satisfy the requirement.

Method 1: Using the 'host' command

One of the simplest way to retrieve host name from IP address is employing the 'host' command provided by GNU/Linux.
Syntax for the host command: $>host <ip-address> <nameserver>

testhost:~ # host domain name pointer
testhost:~ #

Method 2: Using the 'nslookup' command

nslookup is a command used to query the Internet Domain Name servers.


Non-authoritative answer:    name =

Authoritative answers can be found from:    nameserver =    nameserver =    nameserver =    nameserver =    internet address =    internet address =    internet address =    internet address =

Method 3: Using the 'dig' command
As per the Linux man pagedig (domain information groper) is a flexible tool for interrogating DNS name servers. It performs DNS lookups and displays the answers that are returned from the name server(s) that were queried.


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