how to find ip address on mac

how to find ip address on mac

How do we look up our IP address on a MAC computer and find out where it belongs?

Here are some detailed steps.

Finding your IP address on a Mac

  • On our Mac system desktop, we click on System Preferences

  • Once in System Preferences, we select Network

  • In the Network screen we select Ethernet and your IP address will be displayed on the right hand side as shown below.

how to find ip address on mac

Finding a Mac's IP address through the terminal

Often technicians will use the terminal to find the address of a Mac, here is how to find the IP address of a Mac via the terminal.

  • Launch the Terminal located in /Applications/Utilities/

  • Type the following command: ifconfig |grep inet

  • You will see something that looks like this:

    inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128
    inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
    inet netmask 0xff000000
    inet6 fe80::fa1e:dfff:feea:d544%en1 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x5
    inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
  • Your IP address is usually next to the last entry of ‘inet’ and in this case is, an IP address is always in the format of x.x.x.x but it will never be because that is your machines loopback address. Because you can always ignore, this guarantees that your IP address will be the other IP between ‘inet’ and ‘netmask’

Find our public IP address on the Mac

Your public IP address (external address) is usually broadcast worldwide, whereas what we have just seen is our internal IP address (LAN IP address).

We can find our public IP address by using the IP lookup tool, as shown below.

What is My ip address

Our public IP address is shown above.


This article looked up the internal IP address of our Mac in two ways, either through the GUI or through a terminal program to obtain the internal IP address.

Finally we have looked up our external IP address using the IP Query tool.