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How to check MAC address

Windows 7/Vista
Windows NT/2000/XP
Windows 95/98/ME
Linux

Important! On laptops and other computers with Wireless Internet Cards, you need to make sure that the address you're writing down is taken from "Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection" and not "Wireless LAN adapter..." or "Tunel adapter...":

Windows 7/Vista

To check MAC address on Windows 7 or Vista you need to:

1. Open the terminal cmd.exe by:

  • clicking Start
  • typing "cmd" on keyboard
  • pressing Enter.

 

 

2. A black terminal window will appear, where you should type:

ipconfig /all

The net configuration will be shown in a couple of lines of text. The MAC address is the one called Physical Address. It is the 6 double-character number, separated with dashes ("-"), something like: 00-AA-17-EE-E2-6C.

Windows NT/2000/XP

To check MAC address on Windows NT/2000 or Windows XP, you need to open Command Prompt (Start->Programs->Accessories->Command Prompt) and type from keyboard:

ipconfig /all

The net configuration will be shown in a couple of lines of text. The MAC address is the one called Physical Address. It is the 6 double-character number, separated with dashes ("-"), something like: 00-AA-17-EE-E2-6C

Windows 95/98/ME

To check MAC address on Windows 95/98/ME, you need to run WinIpCfg. To do this, you should go to Windows start menu and choose Run (Start->Run), then type in the application name:

WinIpCfg

You should be welcomed with information about your computer net pareamets. In the first field, you need to choose proper net card (not Dial-Up !, but the ethernet card user will use to connect to the Internet) and from field Adapter address read the MAC address. It is the 6 double-character number, separated with dashes ("-"), something like: 00-AA-17-EE-E2-6C

Linux

To check MAC address on Linux, you need to open up the Terminal and type:

ifconfig

The system will display, in a couple of lines, information about net configuration. The MAC address is the one after Hwaddr. It is the 6 double-character number, separated with colons (":"), something like: 00:AA:17:EE:E2:6C.

Author: Adrian Leoniec, CC UG
Translator: Adrian Leoniec, CC UG
Last updated: 03.04.2012