How to Find IP and MAC Addresses in Microsoft Windows

Locate an IP address using these easy steps

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Follow these instructions to quickly find the Internet Protocol (IP) and Media Access Control (MAC) addresses of a computer running Microsoft Windows 10 or previous versions.

Many Windows PCs have more than one network adapter (such as separate adapters for Ethernet and Wi-Fi support) and hence can have multiple active IP or MAC addresses.

Windows 10

Follow these steps to locate address information for Windows 10 Wi-Fi and Ethernet interfaces:

  1. Open the Windows Settings app and navigate to the Network & Internet section.

  2. Choose the connection type for the specific adapter of interest. Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and even old dial-up interfaces each fall under separate menu items.

  3. For Wi-Fi interfaces, click the Wi-Fi menu item.

  4. Navigate to the bottom of the list of wireless network names.

  5. Click Advanced options. Then navigate to the bottom Properties section of the screen, where both IP and Physical (i.e., MAC) addresses are shown. 

  6. For Ethernet interfaces, click the Ethernet menu item and then the Connected icon. The Properties section of the screen then displays its IP and Physical addresses.

Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7

Follow these steps for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (or 8):

  1. Open Control Panel from the Start menu (on Windows 7) or from the list of Start Apps (on Windows 8/8.1).

  2. Open the Network and Sharing Center section within Control Panel.

  3. In the View your active networks section of the screen, click the blue link corresponding to the connection of interest. Alternatively, click the Change adapter settings left-hand menu link and then right-click the icon corresponding to the connection of interest. In either case, a pop-up window appears displaying basic Status for that connection.

  4. Click the Details button. A Network Connection Details window appears that lists Physical Address, IP addresses, and other parameters.

Windows XP (or older versions)

Follow these steps for Windows XP and older versions of Windows:

  1. Click the Start menu button on the Windows taskbar.

  2. Click Run on this menu.

  3. In the text box that appears, type winipcfg. The IP Address field shows the IP address for the default network adapter. The Adapter Address field shows the MAC address for this adapter. Use the drop-down menu near the top of the window to browse address information for alternate network adapters.

Take care to read the IP address from the correct adapter. Note that computers installed with Virtual Private Network (VPN) software or emulation software will possess one or more virtual adapters. Virtual adapters possess software-emulated MAC addresses and not the actual physical address of the network interface card. These are private addresses rather than an actual Internet address. 

Pro Tips

The ipconfig command line utility displays address information for all active network adapters. Some prefer using ipconfig as an alternative to navigating various windows and menus that require multiple mouse clicks and may change depending on operating system version. To use ipconfig, open a command prompt (via the Windows Run menu option) and type

ipconfig /all

No matter what method or version of Windows involved, take care to read addresses from the correct physical adapter. Virtual adapters like those used with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) generally show a private IP address rather than an actual Internet address. Virtual adapters also possess software-emulated MAC addresses and not the actual physical address of the network interface card.

For non-Windows computers and other network devices, there are different steps for one to take.