How to Find a Printer's IP Address

4 easy ways to quickly find your printer's IP address

An injet printer connected to a network

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You can find the IP address of a network-enabled printer on your network in any of four ways. To find this IP address, look in the menu on the printer, check the printer settings on your computer, issue a command, or find it on your router.

These instructions generally apply to most printers, but the menus vary depending on the brand and type.

Find the Printer IP Address Using the Printer's Built-In Menu

On most printers, the network setting is found in the printer menu under Preferences, Options, or Wireless Settings (if it's a wireless printer).

Wireless settings in a printer's menu system

The IP address for the printer may be displayed at the top of the network settings dialog box. If you don't see it, click through the submenus, such as View Wireless Details, to find the IP address.

Printer IP address in the wireless details menu

In most cases, you can't manually set this IP address. Your wireless router assigns IP addresses automatically to devices that connect to your home network.

Check the printer settings on your computer

If you don't have access to the printer or if you don't want to search through the menu system, find the printer IP address on any computer on which the printer is set up.

For Windows

Open Control Panel > Devices and Printers. Right-click the printer and select Properties.

Devices and Printers link in Windows Control Panel

One of two sets of tabs displays, depending on the type of connection the printer driver uses. If the printer is set up under a WSD port, it uses Web Services for Devices technology to connect to the printer. In this case, select the Web Services tab to see the printer IP address listed in the IP address field.

Web Services tab in Printer Properties in Windows

If you don't see a Web Services tab, then the printer is set up using a TCP/IP port. In this case, find the IP address in Printer Properties.

  1. In Control Panel, choose Devices and Printers.

    Devices and Printers link in Windows Control Panel
  2. Right-click the printer and select Properties.

    Printer Properties in Windows 10 Devices and Printers
  3. Select the Ports tab. The IP address is displayed in the Port field.

    Ports tab of printer Properties with IP address
  4. If you don't see the IP address, select Configure Port to see the IP address configured for that printer.

This method to find a printer IP address works for all versions of Windows, but the steps to get to the Control Panel can vary slightly.

In macOS, printer IP addresses may not be visible for Airprint printers. Use one of the other methods here to find the IP address for the printer instead.

Find the IP Address by Issuing a Command

Another quick trick to find the printer IP address is with the command prompt.

For Windows

  1. Go to the Start menu and enter cmd.

    cmd entered into the Windows 10 search bar
  2. In the Best match section, choose Command Prompt.

    Command Prompt app icon in Start Menu
  3. Enter netstat -r and press Enter. If the printer is connected using TCP/IP (not WSD), the printer displays in the list of Active Routes in the IPv4 Route Table.

    netstat -r in Windows 10 Command Prompt

For macOS

  1. Open Safari (or your browser of choice) and enter localhost:631/printers to see a list of printers and associated IP addresses. These addresses appear in the Location column if the printers are available.

  2. When using an AirPrint printer, the IP may not show up using the method above. In this case, open Applications > Utilities > Terminal and enter ippfind. You'll see something like ipp://yourprinter.local.:631/ipp/port1, where yourprinter is an alphanumeric expression — in this example, 829B95000000.local.

  3. Enter ping yourprinter.local (where yourprinter is the alphanumeric expression returned by the previous step). The result displays the printer IP address.

Find a Printer's IP Address Using the Router

The last option is to go directly to your router. The router manages all network traffic, so the printer IP must be registered there as a connected device. To view the IP, log in to the router. You'll need the administrator ID and password for the router. If you don't know it, ask whoever set up the router for you.

First, you'll need to know the default gateway IP address. Regardless of the type of computer you use on the network, this is typically http://10.1.1.1 or http://192.168.1.1. If neither of these work, look yours up.

For Windows

  1. Click Start and enter cmd.

  2. Under Best match, select Command Prompt.

  3. Enter ipconfig. Note the default gateway IP address.

    ipconfig in Command Prompt
  4. In MacOS, open System Preferences > Network > Advanced > TCP/IP. You'll see the default gateway address next to Router.

    Router IP address on macOS
  5. From here, the steps are the same regardless of operating system but can vary slightly depending on the router manufacturer. Open a web browser, and type the default gateway IP address (from previous step) into the address bar.

  6. In the router login screen, log in to the router using the administrator ID and password.

  7. In the router menu system, select Connected Devices.

  8. In the Host Name field, select the printer.

  9. The printer IP address is listed under IPV4 Address.

    IPV4 Address in Router web page

What You Can Do With Your Printer's IP Address

Once you have the IP address of your printer, use it to set up the printer from any computer or mobile device that's connected to your network.

Having the printer IP address handy also enables you to type a ping command in the command prompt from any computer if you have printer problems and need to check if the printer is on the network.