How to Find your IP Address on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 Desktop

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For new users and students, knowing your IP address can help you troubleshoot problems and possibly resolve some networking issues. You’ll be suprised that a typical home desktop computer will have two IP addresses: one public and the other a private address.

The private address is used by your computer on the internal network. like communiting with your printers and external network drivers. while the public address is used on the Internet.

There are ways to find out your internal IP address the your external IP addresss. Below, you’ll learn how to find both. This should help students and new users and anyone who doe not know how to.When you’re ready to find out your IP addresses, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Find your Internal (network) IP address

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Network.

  2. Click on Network to open the panel.

  3. Choose which connection, Wi-Fi or Wired, from the left pane.

    The IP address for a wired connection will be displayed on the right.

    Click the settings button to see the IP address for the wireless network in the Details panel.

That should display your internal (network) IP address.

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Step 2: Find your External (Internet) IP address

To find your external or Internet IP address, you can vist the site below or go to and search for ‘what’s my ip‘ in the search box. Google will show you your Internet IP address.

You can also visit the site below to show your IP adress.

  1. Visit

  2. The site will display your external IP address for you.

Depending on how your computer connects to the internet, both of these addresses may be the same. in most cases they should be different.

That is how one can find out their local or remote IP addresses using Ubuntu desktop.

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  1. I use they show both Internal and External IP address on the home page. So no need to use two methods for internal and external IP addresses.

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