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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:

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, another technology was created to act as an Automatic Phonebook for IP Addresses.  It’s called DNS.  When you type 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 Responses to How To Find Your Local IP Address In Windows 7 or Vista

  1. ronie July 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    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

  2. giantfood January 6, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    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 March 4, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    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 March 4, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      @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 March 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

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

    • Preston March 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

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

  4. James June 15, 2011 at 8:43 am #

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

  5. byron lochridge July 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    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 January 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

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

  9. Prateeksha February 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Thanks 🙂

  10. cdog March 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    worked for me

  11. Jai July 28, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    thanks dude:-);-)

    • Steve Krause July 28, 2012 at 8:41 am #

      Hi @Jai — glad the article helped you out!

      Welcome to the site!


  12. Colby November 4, 2013 at 7:26 am #

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

  13. me March 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

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

  14. Pal Trend February 7, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

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

  15. Rakesh April 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

    Nice article, i will never forget this method

  16. david May 30, 2015 at 8:06 am #

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

  17. Sherise Loper July 11, 2015 at 12:40 am #

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

  18. Lisa M. October 14, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    worked for me too!!

  19. JC November 2, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    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 it gives me both addresses under local IP as well. So which should i use?

    • Daniel Sczepansky November 2, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      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. shows both.

  20. danish December 28, 2015 at 1:36 am #


  21. John Mayer February 20, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    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 June 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    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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