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IPAddress Class

Provides an Internet Protocol (IP) address.

System.Object
  System.Net.IPAddress

Namespace:  System.Net
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)
'Declaration
<SerializableAttribute> _
Public Class IPAddress

The IPAddress type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodIPAddress(Byte())Initializes a new instance of the IPAddress class with the address specified as a Byte array.
Public methodIPAddress(Int64)Initializes a new instance of the IPAddress class with the address specified as an Int64.
Public methodIPAddress(Byte(), Int64)Initializes a new instance of the IPAddress class with the address specified as a Byte array and the specified scope identifier.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyAddress Obsolete. An Internet Protocol (IP) address.
Public propertyAddressFamilyGets the address family of the IP address.
Public propertyIsIPv4MappedToIPv6Gets whether the IP address is an IPv4-mapped IPv6 address.
Public propertyIsIPv6LinkLocalGets whether the address is an IPv6 link local address.
Public propertyIsIPv6MulticastGets whether the address is an IPv6 multicast global address.
Public propertyIsIPv6SiteLocalGets whether the address is an IPv6 site local address.
Public propertyIsIPv6TeredoGets whether the address is an IPv6 Teredo address.
Public propertyScopeIdGets or sets the IPv6 address scope identifier.
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsCompares two IP addresses. (Overrides Object.Equals(Object).)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetAddressBytesProvides a copy of the IPAddress as an array of bytes.
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns a hash value for an IP address. (Overrides Object.GetHashCode.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodStatic memberHostToNetworkOrder(Int16)Converts a short value from host byte order to network byte order.
Public methodStatic memberHostToNetworkOrder(Int32)Converts an integer value from host byte order to network byte order.
Public methodStatic memberHostToNetworkOrder(Int64)Converts a long value from host byte order to network byte order.
Public methodStatic memberIsLoopbackIndicates whether the specified IP address is the loopback address.
Public methodMapToIPv4Maps the IPAddress object to an IPv4 address.
Public methodMapToIPv6Maps the IPAddress object to an IPv6 address.
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodStatic memberNetworkToHostOrder(Int16)Converts a short value from network byte order to host byte order.
Public methodStatic memberNetworkToHostOrder(Int32)Converts an integer value from network byte order to host byte order.
Public methodStatic memberNetworkToHostOrder(Int64)Converts a long value from network byte order to host byte order.
Public methodStatic memberParseConverts an IP address string to an IPAddress instance.
Public methodToStringConverts an Internet address to its standard notation. (Overrides Object.ToString.)
Public methodStatic memberTryParseDetermines whether a string is a valid IP address.
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  NameDescription
Public fieldStatic memberAnyProvides an IP address that indicates that the server must listen for client activity on all network interfaces. This field is read-only.
Public fieldStatic memberBroadcastProvides the IP broadcast address. This field is read-only.
Public fieldStatic memberIPv6AnyThe Socket.Bind method uses the IPv6Any field to indicate that a Socket must listen for client activity on all network interfaces.
Public fieldStatic memberIPv6LoopbackProvides the IP loopback address. This property is read-only.
Public fieldStatic memberIPv6NoneProvides an IP address that indicates that no network interface should be used. This property is read-only.
Public fieldStatic memberLoopbackProvides the IP loopback address. This field is read-only.
Public fieldStatic memberNoneProvides an IP address that indicates that no network interface should be used. This field is read-only.
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The IPAddress class contains the address of a computer on an IP network.

The following code example shows how to query a server to obtain the family addresses and the IP addresses it supports.

' This program shows how to use the IPAddress class to obtain a server  
' IP addressess and related information. 
Imports System
Imports System.Net
Imports System.Net.Sockets
Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic


Namespace Mssc.Services.ConnectionManagement
  Module M_TestIPAddress

    Class TestIPAddress

      'The IPAddresses method obtains the selected server IP address information.
      'It then displays the type of address family supported by the server and 
      'its IP address in standard and byte format.
      Private Shared Sub IPAddresses(ByVal server As String)
        Try 
          Dim ASCII As New System.Text.ASCIIEncoding()

          ' Get server related information. 
          Dim heserver As IPHostEntry = Dns.Resolve(server)

          ' Loop on the AddressList 
          Dim curAdd As IPAddress
          For Each curAdd In heserver.AddressList

            ' Display the type of address family supported by the server. If the 
            ' server is IPv6-enabled this value is: InternNetworkV6. If the server 
            ' is also IPv4-enabled there will be an additional value of InterNetwork.
            Console.WriteLine(("AddressFamily: " + curAdd.AddressFamily.ToString()))

            ' Display the ScopeId property in case of IPV6 addresses. 
            If curAdd.AddressFamily.ToString() = ProtocolFamily.InterNetworkV6.ToString() Then
              Console.WriteLine(("Scope Id: " + curAdd.ScopeId.ToString()))
            End If 

            ' Display the server IP address in the standard format. In  
            ' IPv4 the format will be dotted-quad notation, in IPv6 it will be 
            ' in in colon-hexadecimal notation.
            Console.WriteLine(("Address: " + curAdd.ToString()))

            ' Display the server IP address in byte format.
            Console.Write("AddressBytes: ")



            Dim bytes As [Byte]() = curAdd.GetAddressBytes()
            Dim i As Integer 
            For i = 0 To bytes.Length - 1
              Console.Write(bytes(i))
            Next i
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + ControlChars.Lf)
          Next curAdd 

        Catch e As Exception
          Console.WriteLine(("[DoResolve] Exception: " + e.ToString()))
        End Try 
      End Sub 'IPAddresses


      ' This IPAddressAdditionalInfo displays additional server address information. 
      Private Shared Sub IPAddressAdditionalInfo()
        Try 
          ' Display the flags that show if the server supports IPv4 or IPv6 
          ' address schemas.
          Console.WriteLine((ControlChars.Cr + ControlChars.Lf + "SupportsIPv4: " + Socket.SupportsIPv4.ToString()))
          Console.WriteLine(("SupportsIPv6: " + Socket.SupportsIPv6.ToString()))

          If Socket.SupportsIPv6 Then 
            ' Display the server Any address. This IP address indicates that the server  
            ' should listen for client activity on all network interfaces. 
            Console.WriteLine((ControlChars.Cr + ControlChars.Lf + "IPv6Any: " + IPAddress.IPv6Any.ToString()))

            ' Display the server loopback address. 
            Console.WriteLine(("IPv6Loopback: " + IPAddress.IPv6Loopback.ToString()))

            ' Used during autoconfiguration first phase.
            Console.WriteLine(("IPv6None: " + IPAddress.IPv6None.ToString()))

            Console.WriteLine(("IsLoopback(IPv6Loopback): " + IPAddress.IsLoopback(IPAddress.IPv6Loopback).ToString()))
          End If
          Console.WriteLine(("IsLoopback(Loopback): " + IPAddress.IsLoopback(IPAddress.Loopback).ToString()))
        Catch e As Exception
          Console.WriteLine(("[IPAddresses] Exception: " + e.ToString()))
        End Try 
      End Sub 'IPAddressAdditionalInfo

      Public Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
        Dim server As String = Nothing 

        ' Define a regular expression to parse user's input. 
        ' This is a security check. It allows only 
        ' alphanumeric input string between 2 to 40 character long. 
        'Define a regular expression to parse user's input. 
        'This is a security check. It allows only 
        'alphanumeric input string between 2 to 40 character long. 
        Dim rex As New Regex("^[a-zA-Z]\w{1,39}$")

        If args.Length < 1 Then 
          ' If no server name is passed as an argument to this program, use the current  
          ' server name as default.
          server = Dns.GetHostName()
          Console.WriteLine(("Using current host: " + server))
        Else
          server = args(0)
          If Not rex.Match(server).Success Then
            Console.WriteLine("Input string format not allowed.")
            Return 
          End If 
        End If 

        ' Get the list of the addresses associated with the requested server.
        IPAddresses(server)

        ' Get additonal address information.
        IPAddressAdditionalInfo()
      End Sub 'Main
    End Class 'TestIPAddress
  End Module 
End Namespace

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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