A webmaster may be interested in knowing the IP address of a website to connect via SSH console, to ping the site, to connect via FTP, to launch a tracer or for a multitude of other reasons.
Let’s see how to find the IP address of a website with different OS:
How to Find the IP Address of a Web Site with Windows
With Windows (any version: XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10) we have two alternatives: the Ping command and the Tracert command.
- The Ping command performs a series of 4 calls to the web site and displays the millisecond response time of the webserver for all attempts. This command is also useful for testing the response speed of our system. To run the Ping press the Windows button, type “cmd” and launch the Command Prompt application, then type CMD to launch Command Prompt. Now that you have opened the console in Windows you just have to type the command “ping www.example.com”, obviously replacing www.example.com with the website you want to know the IP address.
- Let’s now see how to use the Tracert command. The traceroute command takes care of the path followed by packets on computer networks, that is, the IP address of each router crossed to reach the recipient. To launch Tracert, open Command Prompt and type “tracert www.example.com”. Replace www.example.com with the site you want to parse. In the answer you will see, besides the final IP, also the individual IPs of the servers from which the request is passed. This command is useful for finding the famous bottlenecks.
How to Find the IP Address of a Website with Linux
With Linux, Ubuntu, Debian & Co, you have to use the console nslookup command. If you are a Linux user I do not think you need to explain how to open the console.
Open the console and type “nslookup www.example.com”. After you click submit, you will see a similar thing with the IP address of the website:
How to Find the IP Address of a Web Site with Mac
If you are using a Mac system, open the Network Utility tool. This tool is installed with OSX. Your location varies depending on the version you are using:
- Mavericks (10.9) and earlier: you find the utility in “Utilities” in the “Applications” directory.
- Yosemite (10.10) and later: Click on the Apple menu and select “About This Mac”. Click the “System Report” button and select “Network Configuration”.
- Any version: type “network utility” or “network utility” within the “Search” field and you should find the application you need at the top of the results list at the top.
Once you open the tool, just enter the site’s web address in the “Ping” tab to find the IP address.
How to Find the IP Address of a Web Site hidden behind a CDN
If the site is behind a CDN or VPN, The methods just described will not work, so you will see the IPs of the CDN. Tool like Cloudflare was not made for anything – it’s an anti-DDoS service and a CDN, which will also protect a website by protecting its IP address. In this case, use the Censis online tool to find the actual IP address hidden behind a CDN.
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