Get just the IP for a hostname

host|grep " has address "|cut -d" " -f4
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` traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
Sample Output
Titus:~$ host|grep "has address "|cut -d" " -f4

By: dinomite
2010-10-29 17:01:37

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What Others Think

host and gethostip commands are not on all systems. Use this: getent hosts | cut -d' ' -f1
dooblem · 607 weeks and 6 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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