This is a short post on how and where to find the IP address and static/dynamic status for your Linux machine within your Local Area Network (LAN). If you are using a Windows machine, follow this link:
Every now and then, we need to know something trivial, such as the current IP address of the machine at which we sit. Within limits, this is simple enough to do. NOTE: These appear to be mostly universal, but I feel compelled to mention that I am assuming a Debian-based Linux here. I am not widely versed on all the various distributions!).
With a pair of useful Commands at the Bash Terminal, we can find the information we need:
Private (internal to our LAN) IP Address of our current computer, and our router:
Static/Dynamic status of IP Addresses within our LAN:
$ cat / etc/network/interfaces
Current LAN IP Address - Linux:
Open the Bash terminal and type ifconfig
The hit the Enter Key:
Note in the above that the section of the terminal output we are interested in is eth0. Within that section, we find the item inetaddr:192.168.0.113. This is the internal IP address assigned to our current machine within the Local Area Network (LAN). This address is private to our LAN, and is not exposed to the internet-at-large. Note this address, as it is how you will address this specific machine within the confines of your Local Area Network.
Static or Dynamic IP Assignment?
Note that this and other IP addresses found on our LAN are not necessarily static (or, permanent). Routers often assign IP Addresses dynamically. While a given dynamic IP address on your home network is unlikely to change very often, it CAN. In order to check out which type of IP Address we are dealing with, we can use the cat command in our Bash terminal to examine the contents of the network interfaces configuration file used by our computer. Under Most Debian-based Linux systems, we can do this as follows:
Use cat to open the network interfaces file:
The hit the Enter key:
If what you see is similar to the above, this indicates a dynamic IP assignment (the auto lo is the key phrase here. My Linux box receives a dynamic IP assignment from my home network router, as do most.
If you’re the IP assigned to your machine is static, the output to the terminal window would have looked a little like THIS (I can’t show terminal output here because I do not have a static IP assignment for my Linux Machine):
# The primary network interface
iface eth0 inet static
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