How to Find Your IP Address on a Mac

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An IP address, short for “Internet Protocol” address, is how individual computers on the Internet are identified. Every Google search or other internet activity is sent using your


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It’s kind of like the return address for your activities and is often based on your real-world physical location. It appears as a string of numbers, for example, “172.15.254.1”.

And while it may seem like a single address, you can actually have two types of IP addresses—one internal (or local) and one external (or public)—if your computer is connected to a network as well as the Internet. Either way, Macs are designed to make this information easy to access.

Here are two methods to find the internal and external IP addresses of your Mac computer:

How to Find Your Internal IP Address on Mac

For those with OS X 10.5 or newer, here’s how to find your internal IP address:

1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.

Screenshot of the Apple menu with System Preferences highlighted.

Open your System Preferences.

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2. Click on Network.

Screenshot of Mac System Preferences with the Network option highlighted.

Open your network settings.

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3. Select your primary connection (if it’s not already your default connection, which it probably will be.) Your IP address will appear to the right under the “status” section in small print.

Screenshot of the Network menu with the internal IP address highlighted.

Your IP address will be displayed in this menu.

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How to find your external IP address

For those whose Macs are part of a network, finding the external IP address is quick and easy: just Google “IP address” or “what is my IP” — Google will then show you your public IP address, at at the top of the results page.

Screenshot of the Google search result for your IP address.

You can ask Google to tell you your IP address.

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Alternatively, you can also find your external IP address through your router. Here’s how:

1. Once you have accessed your networks, click Advanced then go to TCP/IP.

2. Copy the string of numbers listed next to “router” and paste them into a new tab in your web browser.

Screenshot of the Advanced Network page with the router's IP address highlighted.

Copy the numbers listed next to “Router”.

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3. If necessary, log in to your Internet service provider to access your router’s configuration page, then check the “router status” and “Wide Area Network” sections of your account to find your external IP address.

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