How To Find Your IP Address

Your IP is:

An IP address is a set of numbers that identify servers, computers, and internet-enabled devices on a network. It allows communication between devices both locally on an intranet and externally on the internet. IP addresses can be assigned statically by a network administrator or ISP. They can also be assigned dynamically when a device connects to a DHCP enabled router.

You Have More Than One IP Address

Your external IP address is the IP address the internet sees. This IP address is the address assigned by your ISP or VPN. If you are using a router, all devices using your router will share the same external IP. They will not share the same local IP.

A local IP allows connectivity between devices on the same network. Local IP addresses can be static or dynamic depending on the device. A static address requires configuring each device separately and keeping track of the assignments. Dynamic IPs are handed out by DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) without having to configure each device separately. They are ideal for devices that are not dedicated, such as a mobile or a laptop.

Linux/Apple OSX

Open terminal or Putty widow.

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Your IP Address using IP.

Windows 10/8/7

Press the Start (Windows Key) and type Command then hit enter to pull up the command prompt. Type:


Look at the image below. The IPv4 address is the local IP address of this computer. Your external IP address is Without a web tool, this address can only be found on your router, or by plugging a device directly into your modem.

Ipconfig to find your device’s IP.