How to find your wireless MAC address

A media access control (MAC) address contains 12 characters, consisting of numbers and letters. It is a globally unique identifier assigned to network devices. Your MAC address may have characters separated by a colon, dash, or a space. External wireless cards may have the MAC address printed on their label.

However, if your computer has an internal wireless card, you'll have to search for the MAC address in your operating system.

Windows 7, 8, and 10

  1. Click on the Windows logo (the Start Menu) in the bottom left corner.
  2. In the search box, type cmd and press enter.
  3. In the command prompt, type getmac and press enter/return.
  4. The Physical Address will be your MAC address.

Mac OSX (10.9.x and above)

  1. Click on the Apple Menu in the top-left corner of your screen, and choose the System Preferences menu item.
  2. Click on Network.
  3. Click on Wi-Fi.
  4. Click the Advanced button.
  5. The Wi-Fi Address is your wireless MAC address.


  1. In a terminal window type ifconfig and return.
  2. You'll see a list of interfaces. Your wireless interface will likely be named wlan0 or wifi0. The wireless MAC address will be in the field labeled HWaddr.
  3. You can also use iwconfig to find your wireless MAC address if you have it installed.

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