Is there a way to get the IP (v4) address of an interface in the file system of Android? I know I could use ifconfig or netcfg but I would like to use a monitoring tool which can only access files and not execute commands.

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I have no Android to test it, but Linux offers:

 cat /proc/net/fib_trie

.. from https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/365225/how-to-get-the-ipv4-address-for-an-interface-from-proc

The output can then be filtered further by grep, e.g.

 cat /proc/net/fib_trie|grep '|--' | grep -vE ' 127|\.0[^0-9.]*$|\.255[^0-9.]*$'

According to a post on SO, cat /proc/net/tcp will return it in

the second column, with the heading "local_address", e.g. "CF00A8C0:0203".

The part after ":" is a port number.

From the rest use the last two (C0) as a hex number, e.g. C0 is 192, which is the start of the address in this example.


The IP address is displayed as a little-endian four-byte hexadecimal number; that is, the least significant byte is listed first, so you'll need to reverse the order of the bytes to convert it to an IP address.

The port number is a simple two-byte hexadecimal number.

  • unfortunately that does not work on my phone. that file only has the headers but no data. i'm using android 4.4.2 on a SGS4.
    – AlvaHenrik
    Jan 30, 2014 at 13:38
  • ah i see. there is only data if tcp connections are active. that's not so practical for my purpose.
    – AlvaHenrik
    Jan 30, 2014 at 13:55
  • You could also check with /proc/net/arp, but I'm not sure if that has the very same restriction. What should work, however, is looking at the device information in /proc/net/dev, and picking the desired interface (e.g. tiwlan0 for WiFi in most cases).
    – Izzy
    Jan 30, 2014 at 14:08
  • /proc/net/arp is empty as well on my phone and /proc/net/dev does only contain statistics but not the IP address. :-(
    – AlvaHenrik
    Jan 30, 2014 at 15:04
  • Then I'm out of ideas. Until someone else can give a definite answer, you might do a ls on /proc/net (and /sys/...) to check for promising candidates.
    – Izzy
    Jan 30, 2014 at 15:07

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