I would like to get a random mac-address automatically every time I turn on my laptop. Any help is appreciated.

P.S. If at all possible a random hostname every startup would be great.


You could add the following as root's cron job to run @reboot. For cron how to see the community wiki

Note: You may have to alter the python script as i have not test it

# the mac generating function is based from
# Changes MAC address and Hostname using random values
# NOTE: This script must be called as root
# In case of adding it as cron job, it must be in root's cron jobs!
import random
import subprocess

mac = generate_mac()
hostname = generate_hostname()
proc = subprocess.Popen("/bin/hostname", shell=True, stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
old_hostname = subprocess.stdout.read()
interface = "eth0"
bring_if_down = "ifconfig {iface} down".format(iface=interface)
bring_if_up = "ifconfig {iface} up".format(iface=interface)
change_mc = "ifconfig {iface} hw ether".format(iface=interface)
change_hostname = "hostname {hostn}".format(hostn=hostname)

def generate_mac():
    mac = [
        random.randint(0x00, 0x7f),
        random.randint(0x00, 0x7f),
        random.randint(0x00, 0x7f),
        random.randint(0x00, 0x7f),
        random.randint(0x00, 0xff),
        random.randint(0x00, 0xff) ]
    return ':'.join(map(lambda x: "%02x" % x, mac))

def generate_hostname():

    _result = ""
    for x in range(8):
        _result += (random.choice("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"))

    return _result

def do_change():
    # bring interface down
    # change MAC address
    # change the host name
    old_host = open("/etc/hostname", "r").read()
    with open("/etc/hostname", "r") as infile:
        data = []
        for line in infile.readlines():
            data.append(line.replace(old_hostname, hostname))

    with open("/etc/hostname", "w") as outfile:
        for line in data:

    # brin interface up
    subprocess.Popen(bring_if_up )

def main():

if __name__ == '__main__':
  • Any random combination of hex values does not constitute a valid MAC. – Him Aug 7 '19 at 8:45

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