How To Find IP Address On MacOSX?

The IP address is used to communicate over the network using the LAN or Internet. Even we generally do not need to know our IP address on MacOSX in some cases we may require it. The IP address is used to communicate with a modem, router, or remote website. There are different ways to find out the IP address in MacOSX. In this tutorial, we examine GUI, and command-line interface methods to find out the IP address.

Find IP Address via GUI

The Network configuration is provided via the System Preferences GUI. First, click on the Apple icon on the left upper corner of the desktop. On the menu click the System Preferences like below.

On the System Preferences screen click to the Network like below.

System Preferences

In the Network, the screen selects the Network Interface you want to get an IP address. In the following example, we select the Wi-Fi or wireless network interface. The selected interface IP address is listed in the main pain below.

Network Interface IP Address

Find IP Address via Command Line Interface

The IP address of the MacOSX can be displayed via the command-line interface. The command-line interface provides a practical way to list IP addresses with just a single command. The ip add command can be used to list the IP address of the MacOSX.

$ ip add

An alternative command to list IP addresses with extra information like default gateway, network address, etc. is the ifconfig command.

$ ifconfig

Find Public IP Address via Google

Previous methods describe finding the private IP address of the MacOSX. A private IP address is only used inside the LAN and can not be used for Internet communication. The Google can be used to get the public IP address of the MacOSX. Just open Google and use the “what is my ip address” search term which lists your public IP address.

Find Public IP Address

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