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What command can you use to find the Gateway IP Address (ie. home router address) for eth0 in Linux?

I need to get the IP address from a command line app to use in a shell script.

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Are you looking for the external IP address of the router? In the past I've used a screen scraping script to get that sort of thing from the router setup pages. Most home routers have a browser based setup that is easy to access from the inside. It's hard to give a general solution but you can use curl or wget to fetch the page and then use grep & awk to get the IP address. – Tom Bascom Jun 24 '09 at 18:29
I should have been clearer in my question. Basically, I want to find the gateway IP address that is set to eth0 on a box that has a single ethernet interface. Coincidentally, this should be the IP address of a home, basic, Linksys-type or so, NAT router. I need it so I can ping it in a shell script. – J. Polfer Jun 24 '09 at 18:43
Seems more complex than what I need, but a cool, guaranteed-to-work idea though. – J. Polfer Jun 24 '09 at 18:44
up vote 10 down vote accepted

To print out only the default gw IP:

route -n | grep 'UG[ \t]' | awk '{print $2}'

To print out route information on all interfaces:

route -n


route -rn
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Wouldn't UG require the interface to be up? I think just G would be better. – J. Polfer Jun 24 '09 at 18:39
Either way, this is spot on. Many Thanx. – J. Polfer Jun 24 '09 at 18:40
Wanted to let you know - I'm actually using this answer, but with just a G in the grep pattern; didn't have iptools on the machine i need to run this on. – J. Polfer Jun 24 '09 at 21:09
You can save yourself the grep, awk can also filter: route -n | awk '{if($4=="UG")print $2}' – Kenny Rasschaert Dec 20 '11 at 7:16
@KennyRasschaert yeap, that works! Thanks! – l0c0b0x Dec 20 '11 at 17:54
ip route show dev eth0 | cut -d\  -f3

is my entry :)

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I would improve this one: ip route show | awk '{print $3}' – Dominic Eidson Jun 24 '09 at 19:38
I dunno... mine's still fewer keystrokes :) – MikeyB Jun 24 '09 at 20:57
And cut is ~20 times lighter binary than awk. – K3---rnc Oct 4 '15 at 12:06

You can get the system's default gateway from the output of netstat -r or route

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$ netstat -rn
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags   MSS Window  irtt Iface U         0 0          0 virbr1 U         0 0          0 virbr2   U         0 0          0 wlan0   U         0 0          0 virbr0         UG        0 0          0 wlan0

The is your default gateway, pointing to at my place.

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The output from route -n or netstat -rn, and search for the destination

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I prefer the iproute package:

# get the default route
ip route list | awk ' /^default/ {print $3}'
# get the default route but limit on eth0 (output may be empty)
ip route list dev eth0 | awk ' /^default/ {print $3}'
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@sheepsimulator: Unfortunately, this is a bad assumption to make. Supermathie's suggestion is better. – Dominic Eidson Jun 24 '09 at 19:34
@Dominic Eidson - Why? There's only one physical ethernet interface on the machine. – J. Polfer Jun 24 '09 at 19:40
exactly what is a bad assumption? – Server Horror Jun 24 '09 at 23:03

anyone shorter than this? =)

ip r | awk '/^def/{print $3}'
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Challenge accepted: ip r | awk 'END{print $3}' is three characters shorter. – Kenny Rasschaert Dec 20 '11 at 7:13
nice, but on my local debian/squeeze box with KVM bridges my default gw is in line one. strange but true. So your cool solution doesn`t work everywhere :-/ (anyhow +1 ) – ThorstenS Dec 20 '11 at 7:27
ip is not a generic UNIX command - so again it won't work everywhere. – Mei Dec 20 '11 at 15:55
you are right, but in $Subject stands Linux and not UNIX ;) @David: wow, you have really nice blog! – ThorstenS Dec 20 '11 at 17:06
read x x i x< <(ip r g 1), result is in variable $i for further use – Tino May 24 '13 at 13:18

netstat -rn |awk '{if($1=="") print $2}'

this will cleanly print the gateway IP. (what would linux scripting be without awk?)

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Then you'd have to use sed instead... netstat -rn|sed -n '/^{ s/^[0. ]*//; s/ .*$//; p; } – Mei Dec 20 '11 at 15:53

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