Using Terminal Commands, How Can I Find The IP-address Of A Site?


Here are four commands you can run in the terminal window, which will tell you the IP address of a website in Linux.

Dig is a DNS lookup utility. The purpose of this command is to perform a DNS lookup and display the answers returned by the nameserver of the queried website. By default, dig is not included in Debian 9 "Stretch" and you can't install it by typing the usal apt-command and dig. However, the tool you want is a part of dnsutils package, so we need to install that for it to work.

Type the following command:

sudo apt install dnsutils

Press Enter, wait until it is installed.

Type the following command:

dig <website URL>

Press Enter, like shown in the screenshot below.

nslookup is another tool also used for querying the DNS records. nslookup stands for ‘name server lookup’. It just like dig, isn't by default installed in Debian 9, but it is included in the dnsutils package.

So no need for a second installation, just run the following command:

nslookup <website>

Press Enter, like shown in the screenshot below.

The third command, is the host command and this one you can run without installing dnsutils.

Type the following command:

host <website URL>

Press Enter, like shown in the screenshot below.

The last command on the list is the Ping command which is used to check whether or not the remote host is online. You can use either the server’s IP address or the URL. The syntax is pretty much the same.

Run the following command:

ping <website URL>

Press Enter, like shown in the screenshot below.

NOTE: This will work on Debian 8 "Jessie", as well.

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