How to Check Ip Address on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Check IP Address on Mac

If you are a Mac user and need to check your IP address for troubleshooting network issues or any other reason, you can do so easily using the built-in tools on your Mac. This tutorial will guide you through the process step by step.

Checking IP Address Using System Preferences

To check your IP address using the System Preferences on your Mac, follow these simple steps:

  1. Step 1:

    Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.

  2. Step 2:

    In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the Network icon.

  3. Step 3:

    In the Network window, select your active network connection from the list on the left-hand side. It could be Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or any other connection type you are currently using.

  4. Step 4:

    • In this step, make sure you are in the TCP/IP tab. If not, click on it at the top of the window.
    • Your IP address will be displayed next to “IPv4 Address” or “IP Address”. It will typically be a series of numbers separated by periods (e.g.,
    • You can also find additional network information such as subnet mask and router address in this window if needed.
  5. Step 5:

    Once you have noted down your IP address, you can close the Network window and System Preferences.

Checking IP Address Using Terminal

If you prefer using the Terminal to check your IP address on Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1:

    Open the Terminal application. You can find it in the Utilities folder within your Applications folder, or by searching for “Terminal” in Spotlight.

  2. Step 2:

    In the Terminal window, type the following command:

    ifconfig | grep "inet "

    This command will display information about your network interfaces and their associated IP addresses.

  3. Step 3:

    • Look for a section labeled “inet” followed by a series of numbers separated by periods (e., inet 192.
    • This is your IP address.
    • If you are connected to multiple networks, there may be multiple entries with different IP addresses.
    • You can also find additional information such as subnet mask and router address in this output if needed.
  4. Note: If you are using macOS Catalina or later, use the command “ipconfig getifaddr en0” instead of “ifconfig | grep "inet "“.

Now you know two different ways to check your IP address on Mac. Whether you prefer using the System Preferences or the Terminal, both methods provide the information you need.

Use this knowledge to troubleshoot network issues or simply satisfy your curiosity about your network settings.

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