Windows 7

How To Find Your Local IP Address In Windows 7 or Vista

Finding your IP address under is a very simple process.  The process is exactly the same whether you’re using Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or even Windows Serer 2003/2008.

In most circumstances, the majority of users don’t need to worry about their “IP Address” due to DHCP from your local network or ISP. For system administrators, knowing the IP address of your machine, server, or customer’s PC is imperative.

How To Find Your Local IP Address In Windows 7 Using CMD

Step 1

Click Start, in the search Type in cmd.  Next, Click on the program cmd. This click will open the Command Prompt/Windows.

Screenshot - Open command window for Windows 7

Step 2

The command prompt should open; now in the open line, you’ll need to Type in ipconfig and Press Enter

Screenshot - Run IPConfig in Windows Command Window

You’ll see your IP address listed right above the subnet mask. Usually, it will say IPv4 Address and follow the prefix 192.168.1.# or 192.168.0.# for home networks as shown in the screenshot above.

Step 3 (optional)

If you’re not looking for your LOCAL IP address but instead the IP address provided by your ISP to your Cable Modem or FIOS Router, just open your browser and goto: http://whatismyip.org.

Please note – This is not the actual IP you’re using on your LOCAL computer as shown above in Step 2. This IP address is the one assigned to your Cable Modem/FIOS Router on the Internet.

Further reading

What is an IP Address?

  • If you want to call someone, you use their Telephone or Mobile number, right?  Well, an IP Address or Internet Protocol Address for a computer or network device is a phone number for your computer.  That’s it. It’s pretty simple.
  • Because no one knows the “Phone Number IP Address” for www.google.com, another technology was created to act as an Automatic Phonebook for IP Addresses.  It’s called DNS.  When you type www.groovypost.com into your browser, DNS will translate that into an IP Address and send you to the website.  It’s all very simple once you understand it.

IPV6 Address?

  • In a system or network that uses IPv6, you won’t see a Subnet mask, and the address will follow the fe80::## prefix.  However, for most home users, IPv6 use is uncommon.

IPv4 Vs. IPv6?

  • IPv4 is the old system we currently use to designate IP addresses across all of the public computers that are connecting to the internet.  The problem with IPv4 is the address is only 32bit’s in length which means there are not enough addresses to go around.
  • IPv6 is 128 bits in length which should allow for more than enough addresses in the foreseeable future.  The good news is most modern operating systems understand both, so when the times comes for the cutover, it should be invisible for most users.

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27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. ronie  

    hello .. i want to use flatcast but i cant it says your port is close and i don not know i chance the ip address ………..

    Pentium(R) Dual-core CPU ……. T4300 @2.1GHz Ram=4.00GB

    model = PCG-7183M
    SONNY
    WINDOWS 7

  2. giantfood  

    thanks man, i knew how to do it through my router options but i cant access school’s server. need it for multiplayer minecraft. and i dont feel like dealing with remote access if they cant access my server lol

  3. Megan  

    Unfortunately this doesn’t work at all. Windows 7: when I type “ipconfig” or “ipconfig/all” into the cmd line I get only a physical addres or “media disconnected”. Fail.

    • Hogan  

      @Megan, it sounds like the computer you are attempting this on isn’t even connected to a network. Plug the computer into a network via an ethernet cord, or connect to a wireless network, or tether a connection using your phone. Then try it again.

      On a side note, people are using the word Fail way too much, especially when it is actually they themselves who are the failure. This is what we call a UE, user error.

      • Preston  

        Scroll up… Hogan was right. This is a simple case of PEBKAC.
        (Problem exists between keyboard and chair)

    • Preston  

      Scroll up… Hogan was right. This is a simple case of PEBKAC.
      (Problem exists between keyboard and chair)

  4. James  

    Didn’t work, I have Windows 7 and followed all instructions Hogan, you FAIL!

  5. byron lochridge  

    Does anyone know how to connect to a routers home page for setup using Windows 7. I tried this on three different routers without success. Works ok using XP. On Win 7 get unidentified network using DHCP or fixed IP address.

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  8. crabman  

    thanks man, i now know how to check it. good job thanks for sharing

  9. Prateeksha  

    Thanks 🙂

  10. cdog  

    worked for me

  11. Jai  

    thanks dude:-);-)

    • Hi @Jai — glad the article helped you out!

      Welcome to the site!

      -Steve

  12. Colby  

    Hi I wanna know how to make my IP address untraceable and private. Please advise your soonest thank you!

  13. me  

    this absolutely works. If it did not work for you you did something wrong. The instructions were laid out very simply.

  14. you may consider this unknown web-app http://whatismylocalip.com
    it displays both internal and public ip address for your desktop/mobile/tablet devices.
    a very basic website.

  15. Nice article, i will never forget this method

  16. david  

    why my system does not give ip address in cmd when i type ipconfig/all……..window7

  17. Thank you very much for posting; I needed just this Powershell command for a college assignment!

  18. Lisa M.  

    worked for me too!!
    Thanks

  19. JC  

    Hi. I see both an IPv4 and an IPv6 address on my command prompt and i’m confused as to which to use. When i click on http://whatismylocalip.com it gives me both addresses under local IP as well. So which should i use?

    • Most likely you want to use the public IP address when you want to let somebody connect from an outside network (like the internet). You use the internal IP (something starting with 192… or 10… or 172…) when you want to connect to your PC from a device inside your network.

      http://ipinfo.co shows both.

  20. danish  

    thanks

  21. If you are on a Linux System for ex, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, RedHat etc, use ifconfig command instead ipconfig. That was pretty useful article though.

  22. Judy Dunn  

    Thanks, I found my IP address right away thanks to your directions. Now I just need to find what (Port) means and what the answer is so I can finish installing an app.

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