How to extract your outside IP address-without a chicken or a monkey

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How to extract your outside IP address-without a chicken or a monkey

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Added by May 15, 2017

Frequently I find myself asking students in my Network+ or Cisco CCNA classes to divulge their favorite resource to use when they want to determine their external (publicly accessible) IP address.

Here are some of the more popular answers:


Or perhaps even better, the

I did not include the actual IP address that I obtained when I was writing this blog, not because it is some big secret, but because I suggest to readers to run the same tests themselves and compare output.  “Compare to what?” you ask.  Well what if I want to know my external IP address, but I want the results from a command prompt?  There is a way, so let’s see it in action.

This method uses the command prompt, but there is a way to do this in PowerShell as well.  I am not the originator of these methods, but I find them useful enough that I want to throw my voice into the mix and announce them to others who may find them useful also.

The command uses nslookup in non-interactive mode and looks like this:


 See figure 4 to see the results:


 Hey!  That is the same address I found using the aforementioned web resources, but I did not have to launch a browser to get it!  Now you  can use that information as input in other scripted activities!

I did mention that it can also be done in PowerShell, so I will include that here, although I am not a guru on that topic (always willing to learn more…).

The command and output is

(Invoke-WebRequest -URI (“”)).Content

and is shown in figure 5:


Be aware that it could take up to a minute before the above command generates output, but it does work.  Hope you find this to be a useful tidbit!

Until next time….

Mark Jacob
Cisco and CompTIA Network + Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

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  1. Avatar Jindra Ryvola

    one of my browsers is setup with a proxy, another without, and so the IP lookup results are different (the proxy IP vs mine actual IP).

    the command line (nslookup) gets the actual IP
    the powershell came back with proxy’s IP

  2. Avatar Richard Andersson

    I often use since I by misstake missed the i in the name and now thats where I always land since its the first choice in browser history.

    Works good though, and contains whois history also 🙂

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