Knowing your computer's IP address is like knowing its digital location. It can help you connect to certain applications or find out what it connects to. It doesn't matter whether you are interested in your computer's IP address or just intrigue. In this manual you will learn in a few steps how to find your IP address.
So that we can find your IP address, we need to know which one you want to find. There are actually two IP addresses for your system: your public address and your local address. The former is what the world sees when you connect to websites and other computers around the world. The latter is used by devices such as your printer or router to locate you on your network. Both are easy to find, but the techniques for doing so are slightly different.
If you want to determine the IP address of your router, proceed as follows.
Public IP address
There are a number of tools that you can use to determine your public IP address. However, the easiest are online resources. This technique works on both MacOS and Windows PCs.
Step 1: Open the browser of your choice and visit Google.com.
Step 2: Are you looking for my IP address?
Step 3: Google lists your public IP address as a top search result.
Alternatively, visit WhatsMyIP.com and find out your public IP address.
Local IP address
Finding your local IP address is a bit more complicated than your public one, but it's still quick and easy. How to find your IP address on Windows computers.
Step 1: Open Windows Command Prompt by searching for CMD in the Windows 10 search box and clicking the corresponding result. Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + R to open the Run field. Type CMD and press Enter.
Step 2: With the Command Center window selected, type ipconfig and press Enter.
Step 3: A lot of information is displayed on the screen. It all depends on your local network, but the entry you are looking for is next to the IPv4 address. This number, which probably looks like 192.168.0.2 or similar, is your local IP address.
Here are more tips for using Windows Command Prompt.
Windows 7 and 8.1
Finding your local IP address in older versions of Windows uses the exact same method. You still need to access the command prompt and type ipconfig. The only difference may be how you access the command prompt, although the Run method should work for everyone.
Finding your IP address on Apple's MacOS is somewhat easier than on Windows PCs. So if you're reading this on an Apple system, do the following steps.
Step 1: Click the Apple logo in the top left and choose System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: Click the silver globe network icon to open the network settings menu.
Step 3: Look at your internet options in the left window and select the currently connected one, whether Wi-Fi or cable. In the Status section here you can see information about your IP address.
Step 4: If you can't see your IP address in the status or want more information, click the "Advanced" button and then the "TCP / IP" tab at the top. This will give you information about your IP address and other connection details.
Step 5: As with Windows, you also have the option of displaying your address using a command. Open the MacOS terminal, which you can find under Utilities, and issue the command ifconfig | grep inet, which returns a section of information. Your IP address should appear at the end of this data.
Now that you know how to find your IP address in MacOS, here is a guide to forgetting a network.
If you are working on Linux, you can find your local IP address quickly and easily. First open the terminal by simultaneously pressing the Ctrl + Alt + T keys. This usually works with most Linux configurations. If not, look for the best way to access the command line on your particular Linux computer. When the terminal window appears, type hostname -I and choose Enter. This should return your IP address directly.
Notice to IPv6
You will see that our examples here use IPv4, which is still the most widely used protocol for IP addresses (and has been since the first association of the Internet). However, sections for IPv6 are also displayed that are often – but not always – empty. IPv6 is a newer IP address standard that is intended to replace IPv4, since IPv4 no longer has space for new addresses. IPv6 is a slightly different configuration with a lot more space for new addresses and a little more security.
While IPV6 is prevalent, acceptance remains slow and many Internet companies are still resistant to the change. Eventually, IPv6 will replace IPv4 while doing essentially the same things. It can also be found the same way – just look for IPv6 information instead of IPv4!