Redhat Linux: Find Out My IP Address

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How do I to find out ip address on a CentOS or Fedora or Redhat Enterprise Linux server or desktop system using bash shell or command line options?

You can use any one of the following command to view ip address information for each interface under an RHEL / CentOS / Fedora Linux based system:


Redhat Linux: Find Out My IP Address

  1. ip command: Display or manipulate IP address, routing, devices, policy routing and tunnels. This command can show ip address on a CentOS or RHEL servers.
  2. ifconfig command: It is used to configure the kernel-resident network interfaces as well as display information about it.

ip command example to find an IP address for RHEL 5 system

To see current ip address information for eth0, enter:
# ip addr show eth0
Sample outputs:

2: eth0:  mtu 1500 qdisc mq state UP qlen 1000
    link/ether b8:ac:6f:65:31:e5 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global eth0
    inet6 fe80::baac:6fff:fe65:31e5/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

To see routing information, enter:
# ip route show
Sample outputs:

10.0.xx.yy dev ppp0  proto kernel  scope link  src 
38.xx.yy.zz via dev eth0  src dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src  metric 1 dev ppp0  scope link 
default via dev eth0  proto static 

ifconfig command example

Simply type the ifconfig command as follows to display eth0 IP information:
# ifconfig -a
# ifconfig eth0
Sample outputs:

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr b8:ac:6f:65:31:e5  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::baac:6fff:fe65:31e5/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:308560 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:217836 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:431112624 (431.1 MB)  TX bytes:20994801 (20.9 MB)

You can simply type the following grep command to just display an IP and its netmask:
# ifconfig eth0 | grep 'inet addr:'
Sample outputs:

 inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
RHEL [Redhat linux] IP Address Find Command
RHEL / CentOS commands to list an IP address for eth0


You learned how to show IP address in Linux using command line options. Most modern Linux distro only use the ip command to display or configure IP address at run time. Hence, you must stick with the ip command for CentOS/RHEL/Fedora and other Linux distros.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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