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Find IP Address without Java

Oct 08 2012 | 1:56 am

I’m interested in getting the IP address of the current machine on the local network, but I cannot use any Java (i.e. [mxj net.local]). One possible solution would be to use the [shell] object or similar to run ‘ifconfig’ and parse the output, but last time I used the [shell] object, it was buggy.

Can you think of any alternatives? I’ve never written an external – do you think it would be simple to acquire this information from C?

Needs to run on OSX only.

Oct 09 2012 | 6:01 pm

This would be super helpful for me as well. Let me know if you find a solution!!


Oct 10 2012 | 6:08 am

there’s no issue with shell, parse output with regexp- works just fine- post the patch if you want debbug.
though if you want to rewrite maxmsp go ahead ;)

Oct 10 2012 | 5:11 pm

Hmmm, I have had sufficient problems with shell in the past that I wrote my own last week. (Attached is screenshot with example using ifconfig).
I'm happy to make it available if anyone wants it.


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Nov 22 2012 | 4:56 pm

Per a few requests, I’ve posted my external shell object at

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