MAC Address is used to identify a Network Interface Card uniquely in a layer 2 network. This address is used to transfer files between default gateway and host or computer. In this tutorial we will learn how to find a MAC address from command-line or GUI in operating systems like Windows and Linux.
Windows ipconfig Command Line
ipconfig command provides a lot of information about the network of the current system. We will provide
/all option in order to list detailed information like MAC address. All interfaces will be listed with their MAC addresses.
MAC address is listen on the
Physical Address line and has value
00-0C-29-01-C1-26 which is a VMware interface.
Windows Network Connections GUI
Windows also provides the option to list MAC address with GUI. Use
Control Panel ->
All Control Panel Items ->
Network Connections . Then click the network interface you want to learn.
And then click
Details button which will list MAC address of this network adaptor.
We will get following window where
Physical Address is the MAC address of the network interface.
Linux ip link Command
ip command set in order to manage network interfaces and network related issues. We can use
link option which will list currently avaible interfaces with the MAC addresses.
$ ip link
As we can see on the second line of the network interface information the MAC address is listed.
Linux ifconfig Command
ifconfig is the old friend of the Linux system administrator. We can use
ifconfig command in order to list detailed information about the network interface like MAC address. We will also provide the network interface name which is
ens33 in this case.
$ ifconfig ens33