How to Find Your External IP Address

By Contributing Writer

An external IP address--short for "Internet Protocol address"--is a numerical identification code assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider whenever you connect to the Internet. The external IP address allows other computers on the Internet to identify your computer and communicate with it. You can find out what external IP address has been assigned to your computer by visiting many popular websites which display this information.

Find Your IP Address Online

Step 1

Launch your preferred Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Step 2

Navigate to any of the following addresses:;; Links to these websites are provided in the "Resources" area.

Step 3

Find your IP address, which will be displayed near the top of the page at the middle of the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are two forms of external IP addresses: static and dynamic. A static IP address will remain the same every time you disconnect and reconnect to the internet. A dynamic IP address changes with every new connection. Your ISP is likely providing you with a dynamic IP address. This means your IP address will change every time you connect your computer to the Internet, and you will need to repeat the steps above to find out what new address has been assigned by your ISP with every new connection.