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February 28, 2010

Java Program To Display IP Address And Domain Name

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Written by: arunenigma

Handling Internet Addresses (Domain Names, and IP addresses) is made easy with Java.

Internet addresses are represented in Java by the InetAddress class. InetAddress provides simple methods to convert between domain names, and numbered addresses.

We start by importing the package, which contains a set of pre-written networking routines (including InetAddress).


Next, we declare a new variable of type InetAddress, which we assign the value of the local host machine (for machines not connected to a network, this should represent Due to the fact that InetAddresses can generate exceptions, we must place this code between a try .. catch UnknownHostException block.

// Obtain the InetAddress of the computer on which this program is running
InetAddress localaddr = InetAddress.getLocalHost();

The InetAddress class has methods that return the IP address as an array of bytes (which can be easily converted into a string), as well as a string representation of its domain name (e.g. ).

We can print out the InternetAddress, as well as the domain name of the local address.

System.out.println (“Local IP Address : ” + localaddr );
System.out.println (“Local hostname : ” + localaddr.getHostName());

Program :

public class MyFirstInternetAddress
public static void main(String args[])
InetAddress localaddr = InetAddress.getLocalHost();

System.out.println (“Local IP Address : ” + localaddr );
System.out.println (“Local hostname : ” + localaddr.getHostName());
catch (UnknownHostException e)
System.err.println (“Can’t detect localhost : ” + e);


/** Converts a byte_array of octets into a string */
public static String byteToStr( byte[] byte_arr )
StringBuffer internal_buffer = new StringBuffer();

// Keep looping, and adding octets to the IP Address
for (int index = 0; index < byte_arr.length -1; index++)
internal_buffer.append ( String.valueOf(byte_arr[index]) + “.”);

// Add the final octet, but no trailing ‘.’
internal_buffer.append ( String.valueOf (byte_arr.length) );

return internal_buffer.toString();

Compile and run this application, and you should be told your local IP address, and hostname.

Don’t worry if your computer isn’t connected to the Internet, though. Providing your system has a TCP stack, it should give you back an IP address even if you aren’t currently connected. On most systems, you can refer to your local machine (which often has the hostname “localhost”) as IP address

Why would every machine that’s not connected to the Internet have the same address?

This address is known as a Loopback Address. Every time you connect to this address, you’re actually connected to your local machine. So, if you were running a local webserver, and you pointed your browser to, you should see your web-site.

But if I were to go to the same address, I’d connect to a different site – that of my own machine.

This is great when developing Java applications. You don’t need a permanent connection to the Internet – you can run client and server applications on your own machine.

This is handy, because writing and testing client/server applications can take some time, and unless you have a permanant connection, you wouldn’t want to be billed on an hourly rate by your ISP !

About the Author

Computer Science Graduate Student @ Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA



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