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Get just the IP for a hostname

Terminal - Get just the IP for a hostname
host google.com|awk '{print $NF}'
2010-11-03 11:15:30
User: aitilang
Functions: awk host
Get just the IP for a hostname


There are 7 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
getent hosts google.com | awk '{print $1}'
2010-11-03 12:02:05
User: depesz
Functions: awk getent

has the benefit of being a bit more cross-platform.

dig hostname a +short
host foo.com|grep " has address "|cut -d" " -f4
2010-10-29 17:01:37
User: dinomite
Functions: cut grep host

Get just the IP address for a given hostname. For best results, make this a function in your shell rc file so that it can be used for things like traceroute:

Titus:~$ traceroute `getip foo.com`

traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets

gethostip -d hostname

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