Get ethX mac addresses

ip link | grep 'link/ether' | awk '{print $2}'
I much prefer using /sbin/ip over /sbin/ifconfig for most everything. I find the interface and output to be much more consistent and it has many abilities that ifconfig, route, etc. do not. To get the mac address for only one interface, add 'show dev [interface]' to the 'ip link' part of the command: ip link show dev eth0 | grep 'link/ether' | awk '{print $2}' . Also, both this command and the ifconfig one do not require root access to run, so the sudo is not necessary.
Sample Output
01:23:45:67:89:ab

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By: markdrago
2009-11-04 19:41:26

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Awk can do that grep for you: ip link | awk '/link\/ether/{print $2}'
eightmillion · 450 weeks ago

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