How To: Trace Any IP Address

Trace Any IP Address

Using a simple trace trick, you can easily look up the IP address and its location for any website. This method uses a command line command to first find the IP address of a given website, and then uses a free online tool to get that IP's location.

You can do this on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt

On Windows, simply type in cmd into the Start menu or Run box.

If using a Mac, all you need to do it open Terminal. On Linux distros, open Bash or any other shell program.

Step 2: Get IP Address for a Website

For this guide, we'll use WonderHowTo as the example site ( In the command line or terminal window, type in tracert and the address for the website.

When you hit Enter on your keyboard, you'll see all the various routing locations for the website, as well as the final IP address.

Step 3: Get Location

There are several free resources for finding the location of a given IP address, but here we'll use IP-adress. Go to that address, than scroll down to the input box and enter the IP address and hit the "Track IP, host, or website" button.

Note that, yes, you can also just type in the URL for the site you want the location to, so if you don't need the site's IP, you can skip the command prompt steps.

Now you have a map of the exact location for the IP you entered!

For a video guide, check out the tutorial below from Tinkernut.

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i traced my IP address and it says I live in they Hollywood Hills, up in laurel canyon. Sounds good to me.

hi.........i won a disccus

Hi. Thanks for that. I've tried it and works fine - but just one point I'd like to make: you can type in the website name instead of the IP address (either is acceptable). So no need to go to tracert to find the IP address.

true; but if you don't have the name then you need tracert.


Cool, but how to you do this on mac...?

Lol! It traced the whitehouse and thought it was in europe. Then it traced the website I made a bit ago (in my old house, not too far from here, still in california), and it thought it was in Arizona. >XD Wtf?

... you're hosting the website on a server.

the site is dead anyway

just numbers no letters

it aint working for doesn gimme a option to lookup for an ip...

im having the same problem all it is is a resource site for other ip sites

coolz XD

hmm, the ip tracer says that the ip adress of the white house now is in Romoos, Switzerland. If you trace the IP you will see the exact place. How is this possible, is this normal?

the ip of the white house may have a ip scrambler so you dont ever get the actual ip of the white house. it would be much easier to hack into the white house security cams and voip calls and such. It would still be hard, but in order to attempt to hack someone's computer, you have to get there ip or mac address. So the scrambler makes that inscreasingly difficult. I can make my computer say im in the uk or france (among other places). Im not btw.

You can't able to find the exact ip location of the ip address.If you want to know the exact place of the ip address you can contact the Internet service provider.

how can i trace an ip address for ym. my account has been hacked and they are using my account for a fraud.

If you have legal evidence that your account was hacked and that it is a serious enough crime (IE: Involving money), contact your lawyer (and if you don't have one, look up all the lawyers in your municipality and do a character check on them all to find out who best suits you and give them a call) and tell him/her the situation and your lawyer will arrange a court hearing for your grievance.

This is great and all, but every time I try to use this through my laptop my requests time out. Any suggestions?

Pretty Useless unless you wanna stalk someone who reported your vid on youtube and kill them.

how can i search in the city of the IP address that i scanned? i tried it in but it only shows my IP address and i havent found search box.

hey this is good! i have traced the IP address of the white house....but i searched for the city address of the white house in but it only shows my ip address and nothing else....where did u get that search box to find the exact location of the place

you could just use nslookup command and get the IP faster

Ping also works too if the location or nodes along the way aren't blocking ICMP requests (ports 1-10).

Dis is FRAUD!

Thought I'd try it out using my own websites. It locates me to a forest in Germany!! Not even in the same country. It does tell me however that I own it, which is nice to know.

LOL I've read so many stupid comments on this.

Honestly all of you who say you use your own website. If you did have your own website then you would know that this IS the right thing.

If however you don't have the server in your house, or how badlads is, in another country. Then guess what. Chances are, thats where the server that everyone connects to in order to get to your site is.

Also, if you don't have your own IP (your internet service provider either 1, randomly assigns you one each time you connect or 2. gives you a static IP that doesnt change.) If you have 1, itll trace the company, if you have 2 theres a good chance itll trace you.

If you DONT know how this works, dont call it a fraud, dont say it doesn't work. It locates the WEBSITES address, not the creators.

ah and for some reason it wont let me edit,

if the server isn't located in your house then you are an idiot for thinking that it would trace the ip to your house.

waiting to see how many -1's this comment and the one above will get, itll clue me in on how many people did this. People rarely get mad at things that aren't directed at them. But if the insult includes them then theyll hit thumbs down :)

he kept saying dubudiyou-dubudiyou-dubudiyou (WWW) and iy made me luagh, XD
he says it funny.......

just go to and look it up in the trace now box

cool i live in the same city that the vid showed lol. im actually a few blocks from what seems to be MIT on the vid.

This only traces the IP to the server locale and not the direct location, There is no such thing as a direct link between IP and gps locations, however you can use the IP information to figure out who the person is and trace it from there.

ISPs won't give out client information unless there is a local/federal investigation being executed on the client for suspected criminal offenses.

If I put in my baby mamma phone number, will that work? Cause she owe me some money and I don't know where she stay at.

IP address and phone number are two VERY different things. Even for VOIP, you'd end up getting the location of the VOIP ISP, not of your "baby mamma".

fantasic really really good

Anyone who knows how the internet works would know that this is OLD technology, nothing new.

All it is doing is pinging every node along the way to the destination IP/Domain through name servers.

Furthermore, this can fail through anonymous proxies and routers, as well, the location can be spoofed for that matter too. Your connection doesn't know where in the world your connected IP/domain is. All that it knows is the path of nodes it has to go through to establish that connection as directed by the nodes/name servers. It is the device at the other end or the ISP of the device at the other end that issues out the location. ISPs don't have to post their location depending on their local/national jurisdiction.

In most cases, ISPs do give out their location and what you would get if you attempted to do a IP to location "trace" is the location of the ISP, not of the client connected.

1) The ping command will get you the ending address faster than with tracert.

2) the physical location is only valid if the server IP address is are in the same place.

3) If the ip address is for a node that is supplied by a hosting company or ISP like ATT, Sprint etc, then the physical address / sat location will be the central office where the server is.

You won't find a person's home, or in many cases a business or a bogus email sender.

pls . I want to know how to hack google mail password and ip address in my network

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how can one trace who is commenting on a website e.g. there is a name like ramba

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