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Here are the steps to follow to find the MAC address of a Wireless or Ethernet devices, for operating systems Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT and even Macintosh and Linux.

Microsoft Windows7, Vista, Xp, 2000, NT

For Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, NT, open the “Start Menu”, and click the Run command, so it will open a window with a command line.

ipconfig command Run

  • Type the command “cmd” in the newly opened window and press Enter.

ipconfig cmd command

  • If instead you were using Windows7 o Vista type the command cmddirectly in the field “Search Programs and files” that you can always find the “Start Menu”

ipconfig Run on Windows 7

  • At this point, in both cases, it will open a MS DOS window in which we must write the following command:

ipconfig /all

ipconfig all Command

  • You will obtain the list of  Wireless and Ethernet devices currently on the PC and MAC address of each string in the “Physical Address” in the example below you can see is a network card Wireless Ethernet card which the corresponding MAC address is reported:

ipconfig physical address screen

Macintosh (OS 9.x and earlier)

  • From the following menu you can find the MAC address directly, opening:

Apple > Control Panel > TCP/IP

  • After that click on the command “Get Info”.

tcpip mac address

The MAC address corresponds to the 12-digit alphanumeric reported.

  • You can get the same result by typing the command from the command line “ifconfig -a | grep eth0” (only with administrator privileges) .

Again the 12-digit alphanumeric corresponds to the MAC.

Macintosh OS X (10.1 – 10.2 – 10.3)

  • Always in “Apple Menu choose “System Preferences”, then “Network” and finally under Show Selected Airport (or your network card).
  • Click on tab TCP/IP.

Will visualize the MAC address on the left.

  • Or, again from the command line type “ifconfig -a | grep eth0” (only with administrator privileges).

The 12 alphanumeric digits correspond to the MAC.


  • From the terminal, type “/sbin/ifconfig eth0” (only with administrator privileges).

The 12 alphanumeric digits correspond to the MAC.

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