I know there is a single line of a command and its arguments that can help display all computer IP addresses (those that are being used) on a LAN, and my computer is also a client, as one of those displayed, but I forgot. What is it?

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You could do the arp -a command to show all ARP entries in the table about computers on your network.


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    It shows every system your computer is aware of/talked to - however, it may not be complete - I ran a quick experiment with arp -a and it didn't show one or two of my systems till I pinged it. – Journeyman Geek Jan 18 '14 at 5:46
  • Ya, like the link I posted said, it won't show everything unless it has them stored in the tables so so machines won't be shown but it does do a pretty good list. – GigabitP Jan 18 '14 at 17:35
  • Welcone to Stack Exchange, Gigabit Pony! When a link makes up most of your answer, you should always quote the important parts in case it dies later. See also the howto on writing good answers. – Blacklight Shining Jan 23 '14 at 4:09

Not everything with an IP address is a computer - I found none of these suggestions returned all active IP addresses - in fact most returned very few. My home network has a combination of wired and wireless devices and two routers, mobile phones, TV, PVR, Apple AirPort and probably a few things I have forgotten. I used the following to scan all addresses on the 192.168.1.xxx subnet:

for /L %i in (0,1,255) do ping -n 1 -w 250 192.168.1.%i>>ipaddress.txt

The resulting file ipaddress.txt contains the ping results for all addresses and I looked for those with "Received = 1" - currently 16 addresses returned a result - I only have 4 computers in the house - and they were not all on.

  • A suggested edit (rolled back) for /L %i in (0,1,255) do ping -n 1 192.168.1.%i -4 | findstr -m "bytes=32" >> ipaddress.txt has merit, but is not fundamental to the answer, not consistent with the rest of the answer which used Received = 1 rather than bytes=32, and is not necessarily the way I'd have done it. I am adding this comment should anyone find the suggestion useful. – Clifford Jul 21 '17 at 19:57
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    for /L %i in (1,1,254) might be more appropriate, since xxxxxx.0 is the address of the whole network and xxxxxx.255 is the broadcast address. – Scott Jan 12 '18 at 5:30

There is the net view /all command which will list all of the computer names that are connected to the same LAN.

From that you can retrieve the individual IP addresses using the nslookup <computer name> command or write a batch script to do it for you.

Here is an example batch I threw together to illustrate.

@echo off
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion
set "xNext="
set "xComputer="
for /f %%A in ('net view /all') do (
    set "xComputer=%%~A"
    if "!xComputer:~0,2!"=="\\" for /f "tokens=2,* delims=. " %%X in ('nslookup %%A') do (
        if "!xNext!"=="1" (
            echo.!xComputer! = %%X.%%Y
            set "xNext=0"
        if "!xComputer:~2!"=="%%~X" set "xNext=1"

Aside from arp -a, net view /all, or writing a batch script there is no native/built-in command line to do this (at least not that I know of).

If you're willing to use a non-native command, I would suggest using Nmap. You can run nmap -sn (replacing the subnet with the appropriate one for your LAN) to achieve what you're looking for, more reliably so than net view /all or arp -a in my opinion.


ipconfig /all (use forward slash, not backwards)

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    ipconfig lists the interfaces of the PC itself and not the IP addresses used on the LAN. – Christian Aug 11 '15 at 15:47
echo ls %USERDNSDOMAIN%|nslookup
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    Welcome to SU. Can you please elaborate on what the command do? – Martin Prikryl May 18 '13 at 8:29

This is my quick solution. It tells you what type of device is connected at each ip address:

netstat -r 

display all computer IP addresses (those that are being used)

I think you might mean netstat -a this gives you an active list. If you want to know the program using the ip address then use netstat -b (open as administrator).

  • Technically speaking, netstat -a dumps a list of current network connections. The left IP address column contains the local interface. – Ben N Feb 14 '16 at 21:09

As indicated by someone else, you can use arp -a however make sure that you ping a broadcast address first so that ARP reports all the devices. For example, ping

you get a list of all devices connected to the network by their IP and MAC addresses. you can look up the MAC addresses on a website like https://aruljohn.com/mac.pl to find out who the vendor of the NIC is. This should help you narrow down what most of the devices are. i.e. computers, printers, TV, cell phone, etc..

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