First of all, What is this Local IP Address? It’s quite simple. It’s an IP Address assigned to your computer or any device which is connected to the computer network. This IP is not accessible from internet but only in you local network. That’s why it is called as “Local IP Address”.
For example, in you school or in office, there are multiple computers are connected to the local network. Which means they can literally and technically talk with each other. But these computers can not be accessed from internet.
To know your Local IP Address of your computer, follow the below given steps.
- Click on the Start menu of your Windows OS, Operating System, and type cmd.
- When you see the cmd applications in Start menu panel, click it or just press enter.
- A command line window which is by default Black in colour will open.
- Type ipconfig and press enter.
- Or ipconfig /all to view IP addresses assigned to all the Network Interface Cards.
- You’ll see a bunch of information, but the line you want to look for is “IPv4 Address.” The number across from that text is your local IP address. Below is an example image.
ipconfig is a very basic but very important command. We will cover it in detailed blog post.
You can also find you Local IP Address from windows network settings. Below are the steps for same.
- Clock on the Start menu of your Windows OS, Operating System and click on Control Panel.
- In Control Panel, you will find “Network and Sharing Centre”. Click on it.
- In “Network and Sharing Centre”, you will find “Local Area Connection”. Click on it.
- It will open a Local area connection status window. Click on Properties. There you will find “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Click on it and select properties again.
- Another window will open which will show you, the Local IP address assigned to that system. Below is an example image.
If you are a Mac user, follow below given steps.
- Open System Preferences, via the Apple menu at the top left hand corner of your screen.
- When System Preferences opens, click on the icon labeled Network.
- You will find few options on the left, such as, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, etc.
- The option with green dots is an indication of an active device and will have an IP addresses assigned.
- Once you select the green dot option, it could be Wi-Fi or You ThunderBolt adapter, You will find and option labeled “Advanced”. Click on it.
- It will open an advanced settings window. In this window you will find a “TCP/IP” tab. When you click on it you will find you local IP address. Below is an example image.
In Mac or linux you can also use “ifconfig” command.