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My Mac mini is connected in a network ( LAN ). As every one knows, each system in a network - has a unique ip address.

My Mac mini's IP address is: My Mac is connected to the network with other computers.

In Windows I could easily find the IP address by clicking on:

  • local area connection ( taskbar right side icon - right beside clock )
  • right click on local area network symbol
  • click on status
  • click on properties
  • click on tcp/ip
  • click on properties
  • it will show you, ip address, subnet mask, default gateway, dns server ip etc.

But, My question is how do I find my local IP on my Mac?

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You may find "ipconfig" on windows is easier than that chain of bullet points ^ –  RJFalconer Jan 6 '10 at 21:29

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Fastest way: Using Spotlight (CMD + Space) type

Network Utility

which will open the OSX Network Utility Window

It will show the IP address(es) for all your adapters on the first pane.

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Probably the fastest way, but i was trying to specify a mouse centric solution, since that was how the question implied - the windows question was mouse-tastic ;-) –  DaveParillo Jan 6 '10 at 21:42
Yes. your solution is more fastest. –  Sagar R. Kothari Jan 7 '10 at 1:24

Use the "Network Utility" app found in the Applications -> Utilities subdirectory (or launch it using Spotlight).

Choose the network interface (wired/wireless) on the "Info" view and it will show you the IP address and other details of your network connection.


Open the System Preferences app and click on Network. Click on the appropriate connection on the left hand side and it will show you the IP address right under the connection's status.

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this is the most easiest way. –  Sagar R. Kothari Jan 6 '10 at 21:36

In addition to @DaveParillo's answer, you can use the Terminal command ifconfig, which'll give output like this:

    inet6 fe80::21d:4fff:fe47:f4f8%en0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x4 
    inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
    ether 00:1d:4f:47:f4:f8 
    media: autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex>) status: active
    supported media: autoselect 10baseT/UTP <half-duplex> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex,flow-control> 100baseTX <half-duplex> 100baseTX <full-duplex> 100baseTX <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 100baseTX <full-duplex,flow-control> 1000baseT <full-duplex> 1000baseT <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 1000baseT <full-duplex,flow-control>

'en0' is my Ethernet connection, and my IP address appears after 'inet'.

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Good answer. This is what I would do, but was trying to avoid a CLI style answer. –  DaveParillo Jan 6 '10 at 21:40
You can also ifconfig | grep inet which will only print the lines with IP addresses from this whole chunck of text. –  Ory Band Jun 20 '11 at 12:09

If I understand your question, can do this:

To find the IP address of a Mac OS or Mac OS X computer:

OS X 10.5

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences... . In System Preferences, from the View menu, select Network.

  2. In the Network preference window, click a network port (e.g., Ethernet, AirPort, modem). If you are connected, you'll see its IP address under "Status:".

OS X 10.4 or 10.3

  1. From the Apple menu, select Location, and then Network Preferences... .

  2. In the Network Preference window, next to "Show:", select Network Status. You'll see your network status and your IP address displayed.

From http://kb.iu.edu/data/aapa.html#mac

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Typing "IP Address" in spotlight gives you "Network" as an option under "System preferences". Clicking that takes you straight to the appropriate window inside the correct pane in System Preferences. Amazing. Try doing that with the "Find" option in Windows.

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