4 ways to find your IP address on a Mac

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4 ways to find your IP address on a Mac
4 ways to find your IP address on a Mac
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If your Mac is connected to a network, it has an IP address, which makes it unique in that network. This address is in the form of 4 groups of digits, separated by periods. Each group consists of a maximum of 3 digits. So if you are connected to the Internet via a network, you have a local address between the router and your computer and an external IP address for connecting to the Internet.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Find your local IP address (with OS X 10.5 or later)

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Step 1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen

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Step 2. Scroll down and choose System Preferences

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Step 3. Click Network on the third line

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Step 4. Choose your connection

Normally, you are connected to the network either through AirPort (wireless) or Ethernet (cable). Your connection will show “Connected” next to it. Your IP address should be right under your connection status, in the fine print.

The active connection is always selected by default

Method 2 of 4: Find your local IP address (with OS X 10.4)

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Step 1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen

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Step 2. Scroll down and choose System Preferences.

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Step 3. Click Network on the third line

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Step 4. Choose your connection

You must choose the connection for which you want to know the address in the drop-down menu entitled "Show". If you have a wired connection, choose Integrated Ethernet. If you have a wireless connection, choose AirPort.

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Step 5. Click the TCP / IP tab

Your IP address will appear in the settings window.

Method 3 of 4: Find your local IP address via the Terminal

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Step 1. Open the Terminal utility

It is located in the "Utilities" folder in the "Applications" folder.

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Step 2. Use the ifconfig command

Open a terminal window and type ifconfig and press Entrance. This command brings up a series of impressive data. To clear this up, type the following command which will bring up the IP address: ifconfig | grep "inet" | grep -v 127.0.0.1.

This command removes the entry 127.0.0.1 (a sort of loop inherent in each machine) which is of no use to you in your search for the IP address

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Step 3. Copy the address

It is located next to the entry titled "inet".

Method 4 of 4: Find your external IP address

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Step 1. Open your router's configuration page

Almost all routers have a web interface, a sort of configuration page where you can change a particular setting. This interface opens by pasting (or typing) the router's IP address. It is indicated in the manufacturer's manual which accompanies the router. Typically, router addresses look like this:

  • 192.168.1.1
  • 192.168.0.1
  • 192.168.2.1
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Step 2. Open the Router Status section

The location of the external IP address varies from router to router. Usually it is in the “Router Status” part, on others it is in the “WAN Line Status” part.

  • There, under "Internet Port", you should find your IP address. The latter is in the form of 4 series of 3 digits at most.
  • This is the IP address of your router. All the computers connected to your router will have this external address, but each will have a different local address.
  • This address was assigned to you by your ISP (Internet Service Provider). Most of these addresses are said to be "dynamic", understand that they change regularly during your connection. This address will not be visible if there is a proxy.
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Step 3. Type ip address in Google

The first result will give you your external (public) IP address.

Advice

  • When you no longer need the terminal, you can type exit, but that will not close the window. To do this, go to the menu bar, click on Terminal -> Close.
  • If you will be using the Terminal utility often, place it in the dock.
  • To find an IP address in Windows, read this article.

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