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IPAddress.IsLoopback Method

Indicates whether the specified IP address is the loopback address.

Namespace:  System.Net
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public static bool IsLoopback(
	IPAddress address


Type: System.Net.IPAddress
An IP address.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if address is the loopback address; otherwise, false.

The IsLoopback method compares address to Loopback and returns true if the two IP addresses are the same.

In the case of IPv4, that the IsLoopback method returns true for any IP address of the form 127.X.Y.Z (where X, Y, and Z are in the range 0-255), not just Loopback (

The following code example uses the IsLoopback method to determine whether the specified address is a loopback address.

using System;
using System.Net;
using System.Net.Sockets;

class IsLoopbackTest

  private static void Main(string[] args) 

    if (args.Length == 0)
      // No parameters entered. Display program usage.
      Console.WriteLine("Please enter an IP address.");
      Console.WriteLine("Usage:   >ipaddress_isloopback any IPv4 or IPv6 address.");
      Console.WriteLine("Example: >ipaddress_isloopback");
      Console.WriteLine("Example: >ipaddress_isloopback 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1");
      // Parse the address string entered by the user.


  // This method calls the IPAddress.Parse method to check if the 
  // passed ipAddress parameter is in the correct format.
  // Then it checks whether it represents a loopback address.
  // Finally, it displays the results.
  private static void parse(string ipAddress)
    string loopBack=" is not a loopback address.";

      // Perform syntax check by parsing the address string entered by the user.
      IPAddress address = IPAddress.Parse(ipAddress);

      // Perform semantic check by verifying that the address is a valid IPv4 
      // or IPv6 loopback address. 
      if(IPAddress.IsLoopback(address)&& address.AddressFamily == AddressFamily.InterNetworkV6)
        loopBack =  " is an IPv6 loopback address " +
                    "whose internal format is: " + address.ToString() + ".";
        if(IPAddress.IsLoopback(address) && address.AddressFamily == AddressFamily.InterNetwork)
          loopBack = " is an IPv4 loopback address " +
                     "whose internal format is: " + address.ToString() + ".";

      // Display the results.
      Console.WriteLine("Your input address: " + "\"" + ipAddress + "\"" + loopBack);

    catch(FormatException e)
      Console.WriteLine("FormatException caught!!!");
      Console.WriteLine("Source : " + e.Source);
      Console.WriteLine("Message : " + e.Message);

    catch(Exception e)
      Console.WriteLine("Exception caught!!!");
      Console.WriteLine("Source : " + e.Source);
      Console.WriteLine("Message : " + e.Message);


.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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