reading IP address given via DHCP

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at
Mon Sep 23 14:15:48 MDT 2013

There is also doing a wget or curl to something like whatsmyip and grabbing
the output from there as well.
You may also wish to look at STUN since that's basically what it does.
Although I'm not aware of a stun application that can be run from a shell.

On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM, Levi Pearson <levipearson at> wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:36 AM, Dan Egli <ddavidegli at> wrote:
> > Hey, does anyone know of a way to learn the IP address that was received
> > from the DHCP server? I'm wondering about this. Piping the output of
> > ifconfig through grep and then through cut I know would work, but it
> seems
> > like a very clumsy method of learning that eth0 was assigned
> > for example. Is there a better way? I'd think there would be, but I can't
> > think of one.
> >
> >
> >
> > This is only at the shell level, so it's not like I can query the kernel
> > directly. Now files from /proc or /sys are, of course, acceptable
> targets.
> > :) I don't know those directories well enough to even begin to guess
> where
> > such a file may be.
> This will depend in some cases on which dhcp client you use, but there
> are numerous ways:
> 1. Look at the output of ifconfig/ip addr/etc.
> 2. Look at the log output of the dhcp daemon in /var/log/whatever
> 3. Add a hook in the dhcp client's shell script infrastructure to
> write out the lease info
> 4. Look at the lease info it already writes out somewhere to a file
> called something like <ifname>.lease
> 5. Run tcpdump with a filter set up for dhcp traffic and parse the lease
> grant!
> 6. Write a program that establishes a netlink socket to the network
> system and listen for address change events! (I don't recall the
> netlink API of that subsystem well enough to say how, I mostly use the
> generic netlink interface to nl80211 to do wifi signal surveys).
> I could probably come up with some more as well.  I didn't even
> mention the /sys or /proc filesystems!
>        --Levi
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