IsLoopback Method
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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 Shared Function IsLoopback ( _
	address As IPAddress _
) As Boolean


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.

Imports System
Imports System.Net
Imports System.Net.Sockets


Class IsLoopbackTest

   'Entry point which delegates to C-style main Private Function
   Public Overloads Shared Sub Main()
   End Sub

   Overloads Private Shared Sub Main(args() As String)

       If args.Length = 1 Then
         ' 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.
      End If 
   End Sub 'Main

   ' This method calls the IPAddress.Parse method to check whether the 
   ' passed ipAddress parameter is in the correct format.
   ' Then it checks whether it represents a loopback address.
   ' Finally, it displays the results.
   Private Shared Sub parse(ipAdd As String)
      Dim loopBack As String = " is not a loopback address."

         ' Perform syntax check by parsing the address string entered by the user.
         Dim address As IPAddress = IPAddress.Parse(ipAdd)

         ' Perform semantic check by verifying that the address is a valid IPv4 
         ' or IPv6 loopback address. 
         If IPAddress.IsLoopback(address) And address.AddressFamily = AddressFamily.InterNetworkV6 Then
            loopBack = " is an IPv6 loopback address " + "whose internal format is: " + address.ToString() + "."
            If IPAddress.IsLoopback(address) And address.AddressFamily = AddressFamily.InterNetwork Then
               loopBack = " is an IPv4 loopback address " + "whose internal format is: " + address.ToString() + "."
            End If
         End If 
         ' Display the results.
         Console.WriteLine(("Your input address: " + """" + ipAdd + """" + loopBack))

      Catch e As FormatException
         Console.WriteLine("FormatException caught!!!")
         Console.WriteLine(("Source : " + e.Source))
         Console.WriteLine(("Message : " + e.Message))

      Catch e As Exception
         Console.WriteLine("Exception caught!!!")
         Console.WriteLine(("Source : " + e.Source))
         Console.WriteLine(("Message : " + e.Message))
      End Try
   End Sub 'parse 
End Class 'IsLoopbackTest

.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.

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