How to display IP Address of your PC in the Top Panel in Ubuntu

Handy way to quickly know your computer's IP address!

Displaying the IP address of the PC in the top panel comes in handy, especially for system administrators. In this article, I’m exactly going to show how to do that in a few simple steps using PPA utility “Indicator IP”. It’s a free utility.

Displaying IP Address in Ubuntu’s Top Panel (System Tray)

This guide is tested on Ubuntu 17.10, but should also work on Ubuntu 14.10, 15.04, 15.10 and 16.04 with Unity as well.

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’. You can do it from “Activities” or simply use keyobard shortcut <Ctrl> <Alt> <T>.

Step 2) Enter the following command and hit enter to add the Indicator IP repository source to your PC.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bovender/bovender

Step 3) Update repositories by using update command:

sudo apt-get update

Step 4) Finally, install Indicator IP using this command:

sudo apt-get install indicator-ip

Step 5) Pay attention to the progress of the ‘Terminal’. First, you must enter the root password and then ‘Y’ when you see the prompt.

Step 6) After the installation is complete, enter the following command to launch the program. Note that the program doesn’t have any GUI and so doesn’t get added in the “Activities”. This is the only way to launch the program.

indicator-ip

After you enter the command, you will right away see your computer’s IP address on the top panel. The program fetches the IP address using a script from checkip.amazonaws.com, but you can change it if needed.

indicator-ip -u icanhazip.com

For more details on the commands, you can use for the customized report, head over to the GitHub page provided below. That’s it!

Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

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