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Hyder Abbass

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What is a MAC address?

A MAC address is a physical address assigned by the manufacturer of your network interface. It is a unique identifier – you will never find a second hardware with the same address in the whole world unless it has been modified by the end-user which is very unlikely since it is physically stored in the device read-only memory.

All peripheral devices capable of accessing a network (LAN, WAN, Bluetooth, etc.) have a physical (MAC) address. It can be your computer, smartphones, tablets and even your game console such as Nintendo 3DS or PS4.

This address is a 12-digit hexadecimal string and looks something like this: 00:23:54:44:75:6E.

Why you need to know your MAC address?

You might be asking yourself why in the world do you need to know your MAC address? Well, there are a few situations when this information can be helpful, for example, if you want to allow network access to only certain device, you might want to white-list those devices by MAC address on your router. This way when you connect your device to your network, your router will cross-check the MAC address with the white-list before allowing it to access your network.

Another example is that you might want to know more information about your network card(s). You can find your Mac Address and then look it up online on sites like www.coffer.com/mac_find to find out which company manufactured it.

Find MAC address on different Operating System:

Now let’s see how you can find the MAC address on different platforms.

Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7

Method 1: Using the Network Sharing Center

  • Right-Click on the Computer Network icon from your tray icon and choose Open Network and Sharing Center.

  • open network and sharing center mac address
  • You should see your active network connection details. Click next to the label Connections.

  • find your mac address on Windows 8
  • On the new window click on details. You should now see your network connection details. Your MAC address is next to the label Physical Address.

  • physical address on Windows 8

    Method 2: Using Command Prompt

    In case you are struggling to follow the first method, there’s another way to check your Mac Address via the command line. Here’s how:

  • Open your Command Prompt Window by pressing Win Key +R, type cmd and press Enter.

  • Type the following command getmac /v /fo list in your Command Promp window.

You should now see a list of all network devices along with their MAC Address (Physical Address). Here’s how it looks on my computer:
MAC address windows 8

Both methods should work for previous Windows version including Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Mac OS X Mavericks

If you are using Apple’s Mac OS, follow the instruction below on how you can find your Physical address.

Method 1: Using System Preferences

  • Click on the Apple icon on the top left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.
  • System Preferences in MAC OS X

  • Once the system preferences screen is open, click on Network icon.
  • Network settings

  • You should now see a list of your connection type available through your MAC. If you are connected via WIFI or an Ethernet cable, you should see it in that list. Select the appropriate connection type and click on the Advanced button.
  • Find your MAC Address in Mavericks

  • On the new window, select the Hardware tab. You should find your MAC Address there.
  • Network configuration settings

Method 2: Using Terminal

For the power users, you might want to check your MAC Address using the terminal. Type ifconfig and press Enter.

Change MAC Address in MAC OS X Mavericks

You should see a list of network interfaces associated with your Mac computer. Your MAC address is next to the label ether.

On systems with both an Ethernet and Wifi connection, en0 will represent your ethernet connection and en1 will be your Wireless interface.

On systems with only a wireless connection, in this case you can locate your MAC address just below en0.

Linux: Ubuntu and CentOS

Finding your MAC address under Linux is very similar to Apple’s Mac OS X. Open your terminal and type ifconfig -a.
MAC address on ubuntu

In case you get an access denied error, type sudo ifconfig -a and type your password when prompted.

iPhone / iPad (iOS)

iphone MAC address

Whether you got an iPhone or an iPad, the steps to locate your MAC address are the same.

  • Tap on the Settings icon.

  • Select General and then About

Your MAC address is just next to the label Wi-Fi Address.

Android

Since smartphone manufacturers tend to heavily customize Android when they ship their device, the steps that follow might be a little different from your Android device. In my case, I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.

Find your MAC address on android smartphone

  • From your home screen, tap on the right menu on your smartphone and select Settings.

  • Tap on the More icon at the top and select About device.

  • Choose the status menu.

Locate the label Wi-Fi MAC address from the list.

PlayStation 4

  • Switch on your PlayStation 4 without any disk in the drive and wait until the bottom menu to show up.

  • Select Settings and then System.

  • On the new screen, pick up System Information.

  • You should see your MAC address associated with your LAN cable or Wi-Fi.

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hayderabbass

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Hi Kevin,Yes, virtually any network devices has a MAC address. (Even a bluetooth!)
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hayderabbass

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Hi Jean,Both Mac and Linux are certified as Unix. That's why you can see similarities between them.
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Kevin

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

I never knew smartphone had Mac Address as well .. shame on me lol
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Harris

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Thanks a bunch for this guide buddy. The screenshots added really helps for noobs like me.
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Jean

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Why is the command for finding the Mac address on Linux and Mac the same?
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