Raspberry Pi: Find Raspberry Pi's IP Address

Goal: This tutorial shows different ways how you can find out your Raspberry Pi IP address.

Difficulty: Easy

Required Hardware:

  • Network-Enabled Raspberry Pi
  • HDMI monitor and keyboard or
  • Network-Enabled computer or
  • Network-Enabled tablet/smartphone

Optional Software:

Step 01: Connect your Raspberry Pi to the Network

Connect your Raspberry Pi to your local network using an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi.

Step 02: Find out the IP address

Option 01: Using monitor and keyboard

  1. Connect monitor and keyboard to your Raspberry Pi
  2. Make sure your Raspberry Pi is powered on and wait for it to boot
  3. Open a terminal window and type ifconfig
  4. In the output you will see the inet addr line displaying the IP, e.g.

Option 02: Using your Android tablet/smartphone & Pisound App

  1. Download Pisound app for Android via https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blokas.pisoundctl
  2. Launch Pisound app on your device and connect to your Raspberry Pi & Pisound combo via Bluetooth
  3. Visit the Home tab, the IP address will be displayed below the Pisound’s serial number

Option 03: Using your tablet/smartphone & Fing App

  1. Download the Fing app via https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.overlook.android.fing or https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fing-network-scanner/id430921107?mt=8
  2. Connect your tablet/smartphone to the same Network as Raspberry Pi
  3. Open the Fing app and touch the refresh button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
  4. Scroll down to the entry with the manufacturer “Raspberry Pi”
  5. You will see the IP address in the bottom left-hand corner

Option 04: Using your computer & Ping command

  1. Connect your computer to the same Network as Raspberry Pi
  2. Open a terminal window (Command Prompt on Windows)
  3. Run the following command ping raspberrypi.local (If you have changed the default hostname of your Raspberry Pi, type ping YOUR_HOSTNAME.local instead)
  4. If the Raspberry Pi is reachable, ping will show its IP address, e.g:
    PING raspberrypi.local ( 56 data bytes
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=2.618 ms

Option 05: Using your computer & Angry IP Scanner software

  1. Download and install Angry IP Scanner software via http://angryip.org/
  2. Connect your computer to the same Network as Raspberry Pi
  3. Launch Angry IP Scanner and press Start button
  4. Scroll down to the entry with your Raspberry Pi’s hostname
  5. You will see the IP address in the column on the left

Note: Your Raspberry Pi may have a different IP address depending on whether it’s connected to WiFi or Ethernet, and that address might even change from time to time. If you ever find yourself unable to connect, you can always double-check!

What can I do if I have a Raspberry without wifi, which I want to connect by ethernet directly to the computer.
I assume because there will be no DHCP server patchbox will not get an IP and a connection is impossible? I tried raspberrypi.local without success.
I was thinking maybe the solution is to have a router in-between, then find patchboxos to give it a manual fixed IP, then it would be possible to also remove the router afterwards. Any thoughts?

@mxa take a look at this guide - http://carbonstone.blogspot.com/2014/02/connecting-to-pi-from-laptops-ethernet.html
if you are using the Patchbox OS image, the hostname is ‘patchbox

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I run Linux, but from looking at the windows howto, I assume I need to start DHCP services on the computer providing DHCP to the RaspberryPi. Maybe I just get a router with DHCP.