How To Find The IP Address Of A Website

It should be noted that finding the IP address of a website can easily be done in a few different steps.  Every website has one or more associated IP addresses that it uses to communicate with devices on the network. For example, one of Google’s IP addresses is 172.217.204.102.  Along with finding the IP address of a website, another good use relative to the IP address is IP Geolocation.

Because it is difficult to remember a string of random numbers, the Domain Name System (DNS) system was developed. Therefore, DNS is the system that resolves what we know as domain names (Google.com) to numerical IP addresses.  These numerical IP addresses are what computers use to communicate with each other (172.217.204.102).

"Ping" Command

You can find the IP address of any website by going to a command prompt and typing:

ping whateverwebsite.com

See below for pinging results for Google.com:

Find IP address of website with Ping command

For Mac users, open Terminal. See below for pinging results:

Ping Command for Mac

The IPv6 address for Google was 2607:f8b0:4004:815::200e.

"Nslookup" Command

Another way to check the IP address for a website is to use the nslookup command from a command line prompt. Most operating systems, whether they are Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, Linux, etc., provide that tool, which is specifically for looking up IP addresses. In other words, suppose I wanted to look up the IP address of Google. I could use the command nslookup www.google.com as shown below where the command is run on a Microsoft Windows system:

How to find out the IP address of a website with NSLookup Command

This option provides you more information than the “ping” prompt.

The line immediately below the "Server" line is the IP address of the DNS server that provided the information for google.com – 2001:578:3f::30. The Addresses line shows an IPv6 address for google.com – 2607:f8b0:4004:815::200e.

For Mac users, open Terminal. See below for results:

NSLookup Command for Mac

IPv6 is a newer version of the Internet Protocol.  Many website IPs are now accessible using IPv6, though IPv4 continues to be widely used. Most people are more familiar with the IPv4 style addresses.  Furthermore, these are the ones shown for Google.com below the Addresses line – 172.217.15.110.

DNS Lookup Tool To Find IP Address Of Website

The simplest way to determine the IP address of a website is to use our DNS Lookup Tool. Simply go to the DNS Lookup Tool, type the website URL into the text entry, and select Lookup.

See below for results from Google.com:

DNS Lookup Tool

You’ll notice the search yielded a list of IPv4 addresses that differ from the IPs shown using the other methods. This is because many large companies have more than one IP address associated with a fully qualified domain name (FQDN), such as Google.com. When a system on the Internet looks up Google.com, the IP address particularly returned by Google's DNS servers won't necessarily be the same each time.

A lot of companies with publicly accessible websites use a round-robin DNS technique for associating IP addresses with their web servers.  To clarify, if thousands or even millions of people are accessing their servers simultaneously, at that point, they won't all be accessing the same server. The DNS servers cycle through a list of IP addresses that are returned for DNS queries for an IP address for a web server, thus distributing the load on the company's servers.

Also keep in mind you would be able to find the hosting company from the IP address and other available tools.  These tools make it easier to do an IP address lookup and defines the location and even the company.

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