How to find my IP address

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

IP addressKnowing your IP address can be helpful for troubleshooting many network problems and well and Internet connection issues. However, there are two different types of IP address: local and external. The information contained in this document shows you how to determining your local IP address. If you want to know your external or public IP address (the one the Internet sees), use our custom system information tool.

Determining the IP in Microsoft Windows

  1. Open the command line.
  2. From the prompt, type ipconfig and press Enter.
  3. You should see information similar to what is shown below. Look for the number sequence next to IPv4 Address.
Windows  IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . . :

Note: If you have more than one network adapter (e.g., a wireless adapter and a network interface card), you'll see each of them listed when using this command.

Graphical representation of network settings

Microsoft Windows XP users may get a GUI representation of their network by right-clicking the network icon in their windows notification area and selecting "Status." In the "Local Area Connection Status" window click the "Support" tab.

Microsoft Windows 98 users may also get a GUI representation of their network settings by clicking Start, Run, and typing ipconfig in the run line. Unfortunately, not all versions of Windows have this feature.

See the IP in Linux and Unix, BSD 4.2+, and Apple OS X

For Linux or Unix users, to view their IP address or network information, users must have administrator or root privileges.

  1. Open the Linux or Unix shell if you are utilizing a GUI interface for your Linux or Unix machine.
  2. From the prompt, type "ifconfig eth0" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Once done, you should have a listing of network information similar to what is seen below.

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:A0:24:72:EB:0A inet addr:
MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:5569799 errors:32 dropped:32 overruns:0 frame:6 TX
packets:3548292 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:3 collisions:14 interrupt:18
base address:0xda00

As seen from the above example, you can see the network settings for all their network devices when running the "ifconfig" command. First, in the above example we have the network settings for the "lo" or "local loopback," next is the actual network settings of your network adapter.

View the IP address on a Mac

Apple menuViewing an IP address on an Apple Mac computer can be done by following the steps below.

  1. From the Desktop, click on the Apple menu icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  2. In the drop-down menu that appears, select System Preferences...
  3. On the left side find and click Network.
  4. On the left side of the screen, click on the Internet connection device you're utilizing (usually denoted by a green dot next to it).
  5. Your IP address is under IPv4 Addresses.

Note: You can see the IP address of other network controllers by selecting them from the Network section described above.