How to Determine Your IP or MAC address in macOS

This brief tutorial will guide you in determining the IP address (including IPv6) and/or MAC address of the ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter for your Mac.

  1. The fastest and easiest way to find your IP and MAC addresses in macOS is to hold down the option key and click the Wi-Fi icon in your menu bar.
  2. advanced Wi-Fi menu bar options

  3. To view your IPv6 info or the info for your Ethernet card or other adapter, click the Apple button in menu bar and then select System Preferences… from the drop-down list.
  4. macOS Apple menu list

  5. Select Network from the System Preferences panel.
  6. macOS System Preferences with an arrow pointing to the Network icon

  7. Choose your adapter from the list in the panel on the left side of the window. It’s IP address will be listed in the Status section. Click the Advanced… button.
  8. macOS Network options
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  9. This screen will display your MAC address. Select the TCP/IP tab.
  10. macOS advanced Network options
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  11. Again, your IPv4 address will be displayed here – but so will your IPv6 address(es).
  12. macOS TCPIP settings
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  13. The fastest way to determine your external, public IP address is to visit a site like whatsmyip.org
  14. whatsmyip web page in a browser window

  15. That’s it!

The Windows 10 equivalent of this document can be found here, and for older versions of Windows here.


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  1. You can also use the, “About this Mac,” feature in the Apple menu. Click on more info and then on the Network category on the left side of the window. All network information will be displayed.

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