Determining the IP Address of Your Raspberry Pi

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Tinkerer: Lory Livezey

Not knowing the IP Address of your Pi can leave you in a chicken-and-egg situation. You need the IP address to remote in, but you can't remote in without the IP address. In this tutorial, i'll show you a couple of ways that I have found for determining the IP address.

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What you will need

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Method 1 (The Obvious) - Plug the Pi into a Monitor

Ok, Ok, yea.. but I gotta say it. Plug the Pi into a monitor or TV set using an HDMI cable. You'll still need a keyboard and mouse to get around, but if there's a PC around, you can steal one from that temporarily. Then type:

ifconfig

NOTE: You will need to use this method if you are booting your Pi with a brand new image. It won't even be set up with SSH, so you will need to turn that on before you can use it headless.

Using the ifconfig command

Method 2 - Use Your Router's Management Screen

If i'm at home, i'll use this option first, because it's easier than plugging it in. My router uses this IP address, yours will probably be something similar. Google your router's model to find out how to log in.

Browse to http://192.168.1.1 (for example)

In Router Config Click Troubleshooting

You should log into your router from time to time so you know what's logging in, and can detect if something is wrong, such as when your neighbor, Penny, is freeloading. I can usually spot a new Raspberry Pi, so I can narrow down the one that I need.

Method 3 - Angry Port Scanner App (or similar)

There are many apps that can detect IP addresses on the network. The one I use is Angry Port Scanner. It's simple to use, just run it

Angry Port Scanner In Action

Now that You Have Your IP

You can now operate your Raspberry Pi Headless, which is way preferable in my opinion! Next up, you could connect to it using VNC:

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