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4 Ways to Find IP Address on Mac

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Do you know what your IP address is? If not, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many people don’t know how to find their IP address, but it’s actually a very simple process. In this blog post, we will discuss four different ways to check your IP address on Mac.

We will also provide instructions on how to do so. So whether you are a beginner or an expert Mac user, you should be able to find this information fairly easily. Let’s get started!

what is ip address?

An IP address is a unique numerical identifier assigned to every device connected to the internet. It allows devices to communicate with each other and exchange data. Your IP address can be used to track your location, identity, and online activity.

There are two types of IP addresses: public and private.

A public IP address is assigned by your ISP (internet service provider) and is used to identify your device on the internet. A private IP address is used on a local network and is not accessible to other devices on the internet.

Find ip address with ifconfig command on Mac

The best way to find your IP address on Mac is to use ifconfig command in the terminal.Open the Terminal window and type in the following command: “ifconfig” .This command will show you a variety of information about your network. You can find your IP address under the “inet” section.

If you want to know the ip address of a specific interface, you can use ifconfig command followed by the interface name. For example:

ifconfig en0
en0: flags=8863<UP,BROADCAST,SMART,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
options=6463<RXCSUM,TXCSUM,TSO4,TSO6,
ether 88:66:5a:3f:02:a8
inet6 fe80::10d9:3c86:7046:bd5%en0 prefixlen 64 secured scopeid 0x6
inet 192.168.3.192 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 192.168.3.255
nd6 options=201<PERFORMNUD,DAD>
media: autoselect
status: active

Find ip address with ipconfig getifaddr command on Mac

we can also use the command ipconfig getifaddr to check your IP address on Mac . Open the Terminal application, and type in the following command: “ipconfig getifaddr interface”. This command will show you the IP addresses of this interface. For example: ipconfig getifaddr en0. The output is 192.168.3.192.

The interface name can be found in this command ipconfig getiflist.

ipconfig getiflist
en0 bridge0

Find ip address with network tool under System Preferences on Mac

Another popular way to check your IP address on Mac is to use the System Preferences application.

To access this application, click on the Apple menu at the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.” When the System Preferences window opens, click on the “Network” icon. From the sidebar, select an active network interface. You should see your IP address listed under the “Status” section.

Find ip address with Network Utility tool on Mac

To check your IP address in the old version of macOS, we can use the “Network Utility” tool.

This tool can be found in the “Utilities” folder, which is located in the “Applications” folder.To find this folder, simply click on the Finder icon in the Dock and then select “Applications.” Once you have opened the “Utilities” folder, double-click on the “Network Utility” icon.

When the Network Utility window opens, you will see your IP address listed under the “Info” tab. Unfortunately, this tool is deprecated in the new version of macOS.

check the public IP address on Mac

To find your public IP address, you can simply do a quick Google search for “what is my ip.” This will return your current public IP address.

How to hide my IP address on Mac?

To hide your IP address on Mac, you can use a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN encrypts your internet traffic and routes it through a server in another location. This makes it difficult for anyone to track your online activity or identify your device.

What are some common networking issues on Mac?

Some common networking issues on Mac include connection drops, slow speeds, and DNS errors. These can typically be resolved by restarting your router or modem, flushing your DNS cache, or resetting your network settings.

What is an IP address conflict?

An IP address conflict occurs when two devices on the same network are assigned the same IP address. This can cause connectivity problems and result in error messages. To resolve an IP address conflict, you will need to change the IP address of one of the devices.

Does my Mac have a firewall?

Yes, all versions of macOS come with a built-in firewall that can be used to protect your device from online threats. To access the firewall settings, simply go to the “Security & Privacy” section of System Preferences and click on the “Firewall” tab.

From here, you can enable or disable the firewall and add or remove apps from the list of allowed apps.

That’s all there is to it! As you can see, checking your IP address on Mac is a very simple process.

David Cao
David Cao

Hey there! I am David, a Cloud & DevOps Enthusiast and 18 years of experience as a Linux engineer. I work with AWS, Git & GitHub, Linux, Python, Ansible, and Bash. I am a technical blogger and a Software Engineer, enjoy sharing my learning and contributing to open-source.