The IP address or Internet Protocol address is a numerical label that is used in networks to identify and locate network devices, from computers to smartphones, to printers and other devices. The IP address can be a very useful piece of information, especially when you want to set up your home router or when you want to connect to other devices on a network. But how do you find out a computer’s IP address in Windows? In this tutorial, we will show you a few methods to do that:
NOTE: The information shared in this tutorial applies to all modern Windows operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. To make things simpler, we will use screenshots taken mostly in Windows 10. Also, if you want to learn more technical details about IP addresses and their role in networking, or if you arrived here while searching for a way to find out the IP address of your wireless router, we recommend you to read these two articles that we published a while ago: Simple Questions: What is the IP Address & How to Change it in Windows? and 5 Ways to find the local IP address of your wireless router.
1. Find your computer’s IP Address from the Command Prompt
Open the Command Prompt and t hen run the command ipconfig. It will list all the network adapters found on your Windows computer and it will show you details about each of them.
For each network adapter you will get to see both the IPv4 address and the IPv6 Address.
To learn more about the parameters accepted by the ipconfig command and what each of them does, run the command ipconfig /?.
And, if you are interested in finding more information about other networking commands that you can run in the Command Prompt , check this tutorial: Command Prompt - Advanced networking commands.
2. Find your computer’s IP Address from the Network and Sharing Center
A less geeky method that doesn’t involve using a command, is to use the Network and Sharing Center. If you want to learn more about it and how to open it, read this guide: Simple questions: What is the Network and Sharing Center in Windows?.
Open it and the click or tap the ”Change adapter settings” link on the left.
The Network Connections window now opens, listing the network adapters installed on your computer.
Double click (or double tap) the network adapter for which you want to see the IP address. This action will open the Status window of that adapter.
Click or tap the Details button to see a series of details about the network adapter, including its IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
When done, Close the windows you just opened.
3. Learn the IP Address from PowerShell
PowerShell is a tool similar to the Command Prompt , but it’s even more powerful and allows you to control or work with many more elements that make up Windows. PowerShell has two commands which you can use to find the IPv4 and IPv6 address of a network adapter. The first one is gip. Type it in PowerShell and then press Enter. The command will trigger the display of several details about each network adapter, including their IP addresses.
Another command which returns the same results is Get-NetIPConfiguration. Type it, press Enter and then look for the information you were searching.
4. Find your computer’s IP address using the Network Map (Windows 7 only)
Windows 7 has a unique feature that is not available in Windows 8.1 or in Windows 10. It’s called the Network Map and it shares a visual map of your network. If you want to find more about it and everything it has to offer, we recommend you to read this article: The Network Map - Access your network computers in a fun way.
To access it, first open the Network and Sharing Center. On the top right of the window, there’s a link called “See full map”. Click on it.
This opens the Network Map. If you hover with the mouse over your computer, networking related information will be displayed, including the IPv4 and IPv6 address.
Write it down and close the Network Map.
Finding your Windows computer’s IP address provides information that can be useful in many networking situations. If you know of other ways to find the IP address in Windows, or if you have questions regarding this subject, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below.