In this tutorial, I will go through the steps of finding the Mac address on a Windows computer.
A Mac address, sometimes called a network address, is a unique identifier assigned to a network device that uses a NIC (Network Interface Controller). For example, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth devices will each have a unique Mac Address.
The format for a Mac address is
xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx and will contain digits (0-9), and lower-case and upper-case characters ranging from a-f. This address is unique to the network controller you are using, so Wi-Fi and Ethernet will have their individual addresses.
A Mac address is often used in networking for security purposes, as it is excellent for identifying a device on a network. You can assign a static IP to a Mac address so the device will always keep the same IP even through a network reboot. Typically, Mac addresses do not change, but you can force a change by editing a few settings.
This tutorial is for the latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 11. These steps will likely still work on older versions of Windows, but some things may have changed slightly. We recommend upgrading to the latest version of Windows as soon as possible.
We also have a guide on finding the Mac address on MacOS devices, which I recommend looking at if you will need to also administrate Mac computers.
Using the Desktop Interface
The desktop interface is the easiest way to find your Mac address if you are uncomfortable using the text-based command line in the terminal application.
The steps below will take you through everything you need to know to find the Mac address.
1. Click on the
start icon and click on
settings. Alternatively, press the Windows key and search
control panel on an older version of Windows.
2. Locate and click on
Network & Internet. Then, click on
properties for the network that you want more information on.
If you are using
control panel, you will need to go to
network and internet, then to
network status and tasks.
Next, click on the network you want to know the Mac address for.
3. On the next screen, you can scroll down and view all the network information for your chosen network. For example, the Mac address will be next to the field that says
Physical Address (MAC).
If you are using
control panel, you must click on details to view all the network information. The Mac address will be next to
Using the Terminal (CMD)
Using the terminal is easy and only requires a few steps to get the Mac address for your network connection. Follow the steps below to get the address.
1. Open up the
CMD application on your Windows computer by pressing the Windows key and entering
ipconfig /all into the prompt.
3. This command will print a fair bit of information depending on how many network devices you have on your computer.
Locate the active network, which will typically have the most information underneath. Within this information, look for
Below is an example of my network information.
I hope you can now easily navigate the Windows operating system and find the Mac address for your network devices. Once you have the address, you can assign a static IP and other network-related tasks.
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