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How to Find out the IP address assigned to eth0 and display IP only

Q. I need to get the IP address assigned to eth0 Linux interface. How do I find out IP address only? I don’t want other information displayed by Linux ifconfig command.

A. For shell script or may be for other cause you may need the IP address only. You can use ifconfig command with grep and other filters.

Default output of /sbin/ifconfig command is all interfaces:
$ /sbin/ifconfigOutput:

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:69527 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:69527 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:41559546 (39.6 MiB)  TX bytes:41559546 (39.6 MiB)

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:17:9A:0A:F6:44
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::217:9aff:fe0a:f644/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:227614 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:60421 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:272 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:69661583 (66.4 MiB)  TX bytes:10361043 (9.8 MiB)

ra0       Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:50:56:C0:00:01
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::250:56ff:fec0:1/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:1024 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1320 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

Now you just select eth0 as follows:
$ /sbin/ifconfig eth0

Now you just wanted the IP address, use grep to get the IP:
$ /sbin/ifconfig eth0| grep 'inet addr:'Output:

inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

To get IP address from use cut command:
$ /sbin/ifconfig eth0 | grep 'inet addr:' | cut -d: -f2Output:  Bcast

Finally remove Bcast with awk
$ /sbin/ifconfig eth0 | grep 'inet addr:' | cut -d: -f2 | awk '{ print $1}'

See how to read UNIX/Linux system IP address in a shell script

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{ 49 comments… add one }
  • Brijesh October 17, 2006, 11:42 am

    if u have idea to configar different server on linux and network plsase send me all informatios ….

    with thanks

    • helped November 24, 2014, 11:30 am

      Thank you.

    • Everton November 26, 2014, 9:24 pm

      perfect! thanks

  • Skuutter October 24, 2007, 8:17 am

    another option is to use “ip” command:
    ip addr list eth0 |grep inet |cut -d' ' -f6|cut -d/ -f1
    which prints both ipv4 and ipv6 addresses, ipv4 addr can be printed using tighter grep expression:
    ip addr list eth0 |grep "inet " |cut -d' ' -f6|cut -d/ -f1
    ip addr list eth0 |grep "inet6 " |cut -d' ' -f6|cut -d/ -f1

  • gaw.in March 11, 2008, 9:43 am

    For those on OS X’s Terminal.app:

    ifconfig en1 | grep 'inet ' | cut -d ' ' -f 2

    • doug January 10, 2011, 4:10 pm

      thank you, exactly what I’m looking for (now in my bash profile):
      alias ip=”ifconfig en0 | grep ‘inet ‘ | cut -d ‘ ‘ -f 2″

      • Keith September 30, 2015, 11:53 pm

        I wouldn’t know your system but ip is a command that distributes with several linux distributions as /sbin/ip
        Alternatively you might try this:
        alias ip_addr="ifconfig en0 | grep 'inet ' | cut -d ' ' -f 2"

    • feyd February 3, 2012, 8:06 pm

      for OS X this is much better.

      ipconfig getifaddr en0

      ipconfig getifaddr en1

  • Vicente August 12, 2008, 4:15 pm

    ifconfig eth0 | sed -n ‘s/.*dr:\(.*\) Bc.*/\1/p’

  • Bob October 13, 2008, 10:57 am

    $ hostname -i

    • matthew June 26, 2016, 7:13 pm

      Bob, sorry, hostname -i is a bit slow.

  • MauRice December 6, 2009, 12:01 pm

    Bash-script: http://users.telenet.be/x86_64/Scripts/IP.check
    Put it in your “.bashrc” file.
    Output when you start a konsole/terminal:
    WAN IP: xxx.yyy.zzz.aaa
    LAN IP: bbb.ccc.ddd.eee

  • John April 26, 2010, 6:10 am

    Bob wins. The rest of you should go self-flagellate for being moronic punks.

    Rules of thumb for efficient text processing:

    a. Avoid the need to do so. If there’s a command that outputs exactly what you need, use it. (For example, in our case here, using ‘hostname -i’ instead of stupidly dicking around with ifconfig, cut, grep, sed, and awk). Use some common sense, for Christ’s sake. Think maybe nobody else ever needed to include their IP address in a command? Before you go monkey-spanking around with awk or perl, see if there’s an appropriate command.

    b. if there’s a shell built-in that can do it, use that (your shell is already loaded into memory, and there is overhead in making a call to an external). For example, if you can parse a line effectively using the shell’s string substitution features, then do so. Don’t be a dumb-ass and waste your RAM and CPU. Read your shell’s man page.

    b. If the shell can’t do it, use the simplest alternative that can. If cut or tr will work, use that. If not, use sed. If not use awk.

    c. The biggest sin of all, an abomination of a command that pipes together more than one of the above, awking the output of grep, for example.

    • William July 15, 2010, 1:09 pm

      While I agree with your principles, Bob is actually wrong – hostname does a lookup into the /etc/hosts file and may or may not give you the IP address of eth0. It depends on what you have in your hosts file. For example, I have a machine where “hostname -i” returns, simply because there was no name associated with the IP address of eth0 (
      Grep/awk/sed pipes are costly in regards to system resources as you outlined, but sometimes you have to use them. What would be better is if there were a command that simply went “get-ip-address eth0” and returned the IP, but I have not found one as of yet.

    • bigdavejonnyt March 16, 2011, 6:26 pm


      Wow, you’re rather fun, aren’t you? Let’s dismiss beginners and overlook the intrinsic value of getting a look at how cut, grep and the others work for those folk [incl. me] and let’s just show how you’ve happily traded ‘my linux is better than yours’ for people skills.

  • Fannar May 19, 2010, 7:12 pm

    Recommend “ip addr” for those with many VLAN IPs

    “ip” is in the “iproute” package, “apt-get install iproute”

  • Laurent Hangard August 14, 2010, 7:26 am

    A small comment: in my ubuntu version 8.10, ifconfig gives inet adr,( and not inet addr).
    Thanks for the tip.

  • thiagoc August 23, 2010, 4:23 pm

    eth0=($(ifconfig eth0 | grep “inet addr” | tr “:” ” “))
    echo ${eth0[2]}

  • Alex December 30, 2010, 4:29 pm

    I am not agree with John,
    with comments like this “Don’t be a dumb-ass and waste your RAM and CPU”.
    It looks like you living in 19 century, you better group old man, this days RAM is cheap and CPU is big, and don`t jump on people who like to experiment with thinks.

    Who like to experiment try this:
    hostname -I | cut -d: -f2 | awk ‘{ print $1}’
    or this
    hostname -I | cut -d: -f2 | awk ‘{ print $2}’

  • Alex December 30, 2010, 6:32 pm

    even this will work
    hostname -I | awk ‘{ print $1}’
    hostname -I | awk ‘{ print $2}’

  • Christoph May 12, 2011, 11:24 am

    hostname -I works to

    • balucio July 7, 2011, 3:04 pm

      The ifconfig output in some system is localized and the awk version not work

      • Kaacz April 17, 2014, 4:15 pm

        Use LANG=C on top of shell script… :)

  • WHD-Maru August 17, 2011, 6:25 pm

    very useful tips,
    In my case, I want to list all my server IPs assigned to eth0, the ifconfig results something like

    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:16:3E:D8:2B:BF
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
    inet6 addr: fe80::216:3eff:fed8:2bbf/64 Scope:Link
    RX packets:4311554 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:3027306 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:944036536 (900.3 MiB) TX bytes:6041030741 (5.6 GiB)

    eth0:0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:16:3E:D8:2B:BF
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:

    eth0:1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:16:3E:D8:2B:BF
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:

    currently, for single IP, I can use this command
    SERVERIP=`grep IPADDR /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 | awk -F= ‘{print $2}’`
    echo $SERVERIP

    How to list all of my IPs?
    Please reply to my email :)
    Many thanks

  • Jason October 11, 2011, 4:54 am

    I prefer doing it this way…

    ifconfig eth0 | grep ‘inet addr:’ | cut -d”:” -f2 | cut -d” ” -f1

    If hostname -i or hostname -I don’t give me what I want.

    • Keith October 1, 2015, 12:01 am

      hostname -I (capital i) works nice except on my linux router ware it returns 2 addresses.

  • Kevin April 4, 2012, 5:58 pm

    I thought I’d post since I didn’t see this answer:

    cat /sys/class/net/eth0/address

    For my setup, hostname -i only gives me the loopback address (

    • Kevin April 4, 2012, 6:04 pm

      whoops that’s the MAC address.

  • niko April 27, 2012, 5:59 pm
    $ dnsdomainname -i

    does the same thing

  • bulb June 13, 2012, 3:29 pm

    I try to avoid external programs for simple string task:

    ipaddr=$(/sbin/ifconfig eth0) ; ipaddr=${ipaddr/*inet addr:/} ipaddr=${ipaddr/ */}
    echo "$ipaddr"
  • xIN3N July 18, 2012, 10:34 pm

    Of course “dnsdomainname -i” really does the same thing but the discussion is about the details and understanding of how to get the proper value by chopping again and again…!

  • Dallas August 31, 2012, 2:56 am

    I hardcode my IP address in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth3; yet when I list it (ifconfig -a) I do not see my IP address that I hardcoded? please help.

  • balaji September 19, 2012, 11:03 am

    Mac: ifconfig en0 | grep inet[^6]| cut -d’ ‘ -f2

  • tomt March 10, 2013, 10:51 pm

    Actually, hostname does not work. I am running a LAMP server so hostname gives . I have eth0 connected to a router and ONLY ifconfig gives me the correct IP. Bob is an idiot.

  • tomt March 10, 2013, 10:52 pm

    John is an idiot for saying:

    “Bob wins. The rest of you should go self-flagellate for being moronic punks.”

    Sorry, Bob.

  • Stephan Eriksen March 19, 2013, 9:23 am

    You can do this easier and better:

    ip=$(echo “$(hostname -I) | grep -o ‘^[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}’)

    This don’t care what interface you are using.

  • Mac April 3, 2013, 2:40 am

    I am still trying to learn how to use grep and do not really have firm grasp of ‘regex’ can someone recommend a book to start out with?

  • Ayush Joshi October 7, 2013, 12:34 pm
    wifiip=$(ip addr | grep inet | grep wlan0 | awk -F" " '{print $2}'| sed -e 's/\/.*$//')
    eth0ip=$(ip addr | grep inet | grep eth0 | awk -F" " '{print $2}' | sed -e 's/\/.*$//')
    # report findings, only returning devices with IPs
    if [ "$eth0ip" -eq " " ]  
    echo "$wifiip" | grep [0-9]$ > /home/pi/attendance/ip.txt
    echo "$eth0ip" | grep [0-9]$ > /home/pi/attendance/ip.txt

    i am trying to place working interface ip-address into a text file but its throwing error on executing this script

    ip.sh: 14: [: unexpected operator

  • MauRice October 8, 2013, 6:00 pm


    Change if [ “$eth0ip” -eq ” ” ] in to if [ “$eth0ip” = ” ” ]

  • John H February 26, 2014, 9:34 am

    Cuts can be funky, here is one with only grep and awk:

    ifconfig eth0 | grep ‘inet addr:’ | awk ‘{print $2}’ | awk -F’:’ ‘{print$2}’

  • Kaacz April 17, 2014, 4:16 pm

    $ /sbin/ifconfig eth0 | grep ‘inet addr:’ | awk ‘{ print substr($1,5) }’

  • Berokor October 14, 2014, 1:04 pm

    ifconfig eth0 | grep ‘inet addr’ | awk ‘{print $2}’ | cut -d: -f2

    or for german users (german system language):
    ifconfig eth0 | grep ‘inet Adr’ | awk ‘{print $2}’ | cut -d: -f2

    • SamTheViking July 9, 2015, 6:52 pm

      Thanks, Berokor! For me, anyway, yours was the best solution and gave me exactly what I needed.

  • Dennis Gearon April 26, 2015, 2:32 am

    Thanks a goggleplex! Great scripting / text processing! Thanks for all your hours of learning and passing it on

  • weyasey August 2, 2015, 6:55 pm

    Skuutter is the best option for me I’m using the ipv4 version he submitted

    ip addr list eth0 |grep “inet ” |cut -d’ ‘ -f6|cut -d/ -f1

    and it just works great for getting and inserting the ip address into a variable for the script I’m running.
    As to the complaints about complex commands if the n00bs need to find their ip addresses then just right click on the NetworkManager and chose connection details…Doooh

  • JB September 25, 2015, 9:47 pm

    I came up with

    ip -4 addr show eth0 | grep -oP "(?<=inet).*(?=/)"

    But my vote still goes to Bob: hostname -i

  • ra January 10, 2016, 11:29 am

    ifconfig | grep ‘inet 192’ | awk ‘{print $2}’

  • b February 5, 2016, 6:03 pm

    what about `ipconfig getifaddr en0`?

    might be os x only.

  • John Johnson April 20, 2016, 8:05 am

    I can’t say I fully understand why/how, but “bulb”‘s answer works for me on RHEL7:

    ipaddr=$(/sbin/ifconfig eth0) ; ipaddr=${ipaddr/*inet addr:/} ipaddr=${ipaddr/ */}
    echo $ipaddr

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