Tech Tip: Getting Your MAC and IP Address In a Script

Tech Tip

Ever wanted to get the MAC or IP address of your computer in a Linux shell script? The following two commands should work on most flavours of Linux/Unix.

To get your IP address:

/sbin/ifconfig \
   | grep '\<inet\>' \
   | sed -n '1p' \
   | tr -s ' ' \
   | cut -d ' ' -f3 \
   | cut -d ':' -f2

To get your MAC address (Hardware address):

/sbin/ifconfig \
   | grep 'eth0' \
   | tr -s ' ' \
   | cut -d ' ' -f5

Note that this retrieves the address of the eth0 interface by default.

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