6 Ways to find the MAC address of any network card, in Windows

There are cases when you need to know the MAC address of your Windows computer or device. To help you in those s ituations, we are sharing 6 methods that you can use to locate this information. Some of them are quick while others require quite a bit of clicking. Read this guide and then use the method that works best for you:

NOTE: This guide is for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. When a method works only in one of these three operating systems, it is highlighted appropriately. We have ordered the methods based on how fast they give you the information you need. Obviously, the fastest is the first method, while the slowest methods are the last.

1. Use the GETMAC command in Command Prompt

This is the fastest method we know for finding the MAC address of all your network adapters in Windows, including virtual ones that are installed by virtualization software like VirtualBox or VMware.

First, open the Command Prompt. If you don’t know how, read this guide: 7 Ways To Launch The Command Prompt In Windows.

In the Command Prompt , type in the command getmac and press Enter. You will see the MAC addresses of your active network adapters in the Physical Address column highlighted below.

NOTE: The getmac command shows you the MAC addresses for all the network adapters that are enabled. To find the MAC address of a disabled network adapter using getmac , you must first enable that network adapter.

2. Use the Get-NetAdapter command in PowerShell

Another quick way to find the MAC address is to open the PowerShell and use the Get-NetAdapter command. If you need help starting PowerShell , don’t hesitate to read this article: What is PowerShell & What can you do with it?.

Then, type Get-NetAdapter and press Enter. This command shows the basic properties for each network adapter and you can see the MAC address in the MacAddress column.

The beauty of this command is that, unlike the previous one, it shows the MAC addresses for all network adapters, including disabled ones. For each network adapter you can view its current status, alongside its MAC address and other properties, which is very useful.

3. Use the IPCONFIG command in the Command Prompt

The ipconfig command is designed to provide detailed information about the network connections and network adapters that are installed on your Windows computer or device To run it, first launch the Command Prompt.

Then, type the command “ipconfig /all” and press Enter. The command will display all of the current TCP/IP network connections and detailed technical information about each of them. To find your network adapter's MAC address, identify the network adapter's name and check the Physical Address field shown in the screenshot below.

4. Use the Network and Sharing Center in Windows

If you prefer clicking on things, another way to find the MAC address is by opening the Network Connection Details window for the network adapter that interests you, from the Network and Sharing Center.

Obviously, the first step towards doing this is to open the Network and Sharing Center. If you are not sure how to do this, go ahead and read this tutorial: What is the Network and Sharing Center in Windows?.

In the Network and Sharing Center window, go to the “View your active networks” section on the top-right. There you will see the name of each active connection and, on the the right, several properties of that connection. Look for the line named Connections. This line will have the value Ethernet if you are using a wired network connection or Wi-Fi followed by the name of the network you are connected to, if you are using a wireless network connection. Click on the link near Connections , as shown in the screenshot below.

The Status window for your network adapter is now displayed. Click or tap the Details button.

The Network Connection Details window is displayed. Here you can see extensive details about your network connection, including the IP address, DHCP server address, DNS server address and more. The MAC address is displayed in the Physical Address line highlighted in the screenshot below.

You can copy and paste all the information displayed in this window, using the Ctrl + C/Ctrl + V keys on your keyboard. When done learning the MAC address, don't forget to click or tap Close.

5. Use the Settings app in Windows 10

If you have a device with touch and you are using Windows 10, you may prefer a friendlier method for your touch-based input. Open the Settings app in Windows 10 and go to Network & Internet.

If you are interested in the MAC address of your wireless network card, click or tap Wi-Fi and then the name of the network you are connected to.

Windows 10 displays a list of properties and settings for your active wireless network connection. Scroll down until you find the Properties section. The last line of properties is named Physical address (MAC). This contains the MAC address of your wireless network card.

You can copy these properties using the Copy button and then paste them anywhere you wish.

If you are using an Ethernet connection (wired network connection), in the Settings app, go to Network & Internet. Click or tap Ethernet and then the name of the network you are connected to.

Windows 10 displays a list of properties and settings for your active wired network connection. Scroll down until you find the Properties section. The last line of properties is named Physical address (MAC). This contains the MAC address of your wireless network card.

6. Use PC Settings in Windows 8.1

If you have a device with touch and you are using Windows 8.1, you may prefer a friendlier method for your touch-based input. Open PC Settings in Windows 8.1 and go to Network. Then, click or tap Connections and then the name of your active network connection.

Windows 8.1 displays a list of properties and settings for your active network connection. Scroll down until you find the Properties section. The last line of properties is named Physical address. This contains the MAC address of your network card.

You can copy these properties using the Copy button and then paste them anywhere you wish.

Do you know other ways of find ing the MAC address in Windows?

As you can see, Windows offers multiple methods for find ing the MAC address of any network adapter. The methods shown in this article are the easiest we have found, using only tools and commands that are available in Windows. If you know other ways to find the MAC address of any network adapter, don’t hesitate to share it using the comments form below.