How to find your computer name from the command line

Command Prompt is a powerful tool that you can use for literally everything on your computer. Among other complex processes, the command line allows you to create, move, delete files and find all the important information about the components of your computer.

While it is necessary to understand and learn command line commands to use this tool for complex processes, some simple yet useful processes do not require as much computational knowledge.

In some situations, you will need to know the name of your computer. For example, you will need this information if you want to connect the printer to multiple computers.

Well, this can be done very easily using the command line and this article will show you how.

How to Use the Command Prompt to Find Your Computer’s Name

Before we start explaining the different ways and commands you can use to find your computer name, you need to know how to open a command prompt.

Just click “Start” and type “cmd” in the search bar. Press Enter and a small black window will appear. This is your command line.

Command line

You can also open a command prompt by typing “run” in the search bar and hitting Enter. After that, the Run window will appear. Type “cmd” and press Enter again.

Now that you have the command line ready to go, let’s start with commands.

First teamhostname

hostname

All you have to do is type “hostname” into the command line and press Enter. After that, in the command prompt, the name of your computer will be displayed on the next line. Sounds pretty simple, right?

The only potential problem here is that you need to be very careful when typing. If you make a typo, the command line won’t recognize the command and nothing will happen.

You can also use the %computername% command to get the same information. Just type echo %computername%at the command line and press Enter.

However, both commands will only display the NetBIOS name of your computer, not its fully qualified DNS name.

Get your computer’s DNS or FQDN

To get the fully qualified DNS or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of your computer, use the following commands:

full computer name

net config workstation | findstr /C: “Full Computer Name

Or

wmic computersystem get name

Type one of these commands exactly as shown, and then press Enter. The command prompt will show the full DNS name of your computer.

Other valuable information you can get from the command line

Your computer’s IP address

Another very important piece of information that you may need is your computer’s IP address. Of course, the command line can also help you with this.

The following steps will help you quickly find your computer’s IP address:

  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Enteripconfig
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Find “IPv4 Address”.
ipconfig

If you use a VPN (virtual private network) for your work, you will have more information in the “IPv4 address” section.

IP address of your domain business server

Another interesting command you might want to use is “nslookup”. This command allows you to find the server IP address of your business domain.

All you have to do is type nslookupin , hit space and add your business domain. For example, you can use this command on YouTube:nslookup youtube.com

IP addresses between your computer and your website

Type tracertcommand prompt, hit the spacebar and type in the website you want to visit (or any website of your choice). After pressing Enter, the command prompt will print out all the IP addresses of the servers between your computer and the website you entered.

For example, you can type tracert youtube.comin to find the IP addresses of all the servers that “stand” between you and YouTube.

Start using the command line

As you can see, the command line on your computer is a versatile tool that can be used to solve a wide variety of tasks. Although these few commands are considered very simple and fundamental, they are a good starting point for those who want to learn more about using the command line.

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