I need to know the ip address of my printer from OSX to be able to configure it in my daughters Windows laptop. I tried the solution suggested in How do you get a printer's IP in lion? but I only get: dnssd://AL-CX11-08F61E._printer._tcp.local./auto, and I cannot ping AL-CX11-08F61E._printer._tcp.local. because it does not resolve. Still, I can print. How do I get the actual IP address?

Edit: why doesn't it resolve from the commandline, but still OSX can print?

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    Is the printer actually on the network, or is it connected directly to your Mac? – Tetsujin Jul 29 '15 at 19:53
  • The printer is on the network, not directly connected. – user1561489 Jul 29 '15 at 21:41
  • Is the IP address of your printer defined manually or through DHCP? If its IP address is dynamically attributed through DHCP, you won't have a stable configuration on Windows if you use an IP address. The correct method starts by defining a name and a static IP address to your printer on your router (ex.: snow-white 192.168.1.128). Then you will be able to configure it from MacOS X and Windows with its network name (ex.: snow-white.local). – daniel Azuelos Jul 29 '15 at 21:42
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    Please clarify your comment n°2: how is your printer accessing the network? Add this info at the beginning of your question: this is a key detail. – daniel Azuelos Jul 29 '15 at 21:45
  • Is it awake? Mine doesn't respond to arp or nmap if it's asleep, though it will wake & print if it's an already-known device for that machine. – Tetsujin Jul 29 '15 at 21:53
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There is a tool Bonjour Browser which will show you the connected devices on the current network. The connection types are sorted, and you can usually find the printers in Print Spooler (_printer._tcp.) or Internet Printing Protocol (_ipp._tcp.) sections. Each device will list its IP address, among other information.

  • Thanks. This tool indeed shows the ip address as well as other useful info. – user1561489 Jul 30 '15 at 7:10

Use http://localhost:631/printers/ to see the list of printers available. The page shows both printer model and its IP/name under the Printers tab. To enable the cups page, run cupsctl WebInterface=yes in terminal.

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    This should be the accepted answer... no cruft to install, simple to use. – Mike Williamson Oct 24 '17 at 16:03
  • This does not show the IP for my printer. The column Location is empty :-( – alpipego Apr 27 at 8:53
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    @alpipego My Location is a user entered field to show where the printer is physically located. I don't think you'll see an ip address there. – tim.rohrer Jun 3 at 2:40

All modern networkable printers (which have a display) have an option to set and display the IP address. Often times you hold the "go button" down for 15 seconds, or while powering up the printer. Sometimes you need a utility that goes with the printer to set and/or view it. Check your manual or find one online.

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    This is correct, but does not answer the question. I want to get it from OSX, not from the printer. – user1561489 Jul 29 '15 at 21:40

You should be able to

 ping -c 1  AL-CX11-08F61E.local. | grep PING

(NOT ping AL-CX11-08F61E._printer._tcp.local.).

The line you see then should reveal the IP address of the printer.

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