getmac — Cross-platform Python package to get MAC addresses Latest version on PyPI Documentation status Travis CI build status Appveyor build status
Get the MAC address of remote LAN hosts and system network interfaces using Python.
It provides a platform-independant interface to get the MAC addresses of:
- System network interfaces (by interface name)
- Remote hosts on the local network (by IPv4/IPv6 address or hostname)
It provides one function: get_mac_address()
- Supports Python 2.6+, 3.4+, pypy, and pypy3
- No dependencies
- Small size
- Can be used as an independent .py file
- Simple terminal tool (when installed as a package)
from getmac import get_mac_address eth_mac = get_mac_address(interface="eth0") win_mac = get_mac_address(interface="Ethernet 3") ip_mac = get_mac_address(ip="192.168.0.1") ip6_mac = get_mac_address(ip6="::1") host_mac = get_mac_address(hostname="localhost") updated_mac = get_mac_address(ip="10.0.0.1", network_request=True) # Enabling debugging from getmac import getmac getmac.DEBUG = 2 # DEBUG level 2 print(getmac.get_mac_address(interface="Ethernet 3")) # Changing the port used for updating ARP table (UDP packet) from getmac import getmac getmac.PORT = 44444 # Default: 55555 print(get_mac_address(ip="192.168.0.1", network_request=True))
getmac --help getmac --version # No arguments will return MAC of the default interface. getmac python -m getmac # Interface names, IPv4/IPv6 addresses, or Hostnames can be specified getmac --interface ens33 getmac --ip 192.168.0.1 getmac --ip6 ::1 getmac --hostname home.router # Running as a Python module with shorthands for the arguments python -m getmac -i 'Ethernet 4' python -m getmac -4 192.168.0.1 python -m getmac -6 ::1 python -m getmac -n home.router # Getting the MAC address of a remote host obviously requires # the ARP table to be populated. By default, getmac will do # this for you by sending a small UDP packet to a high port (55555) # If you don't want this to happen, you can disable it. # This is useful if you're 100% certain the ARP table will be # populated already, or in red team/forensic scenarios. getmac --no-network-request -4 192.168.0.1 python -m getmac --no-network-request -n home.router # Debug levels can be specified with '-d' getmac --debug python -m getmac -d -i enp11s4 python -m getmac -dd -n home.router
Note: the terminal interface will not work on Python 2.6 and older (Sorry RHEL 6 users!).
- interface: Name of a network interface on the system.
- ip: IPv4 address of a remote host.
- ip6: IPv6 address of a remote host.
- hostname: Hostname of a remote host.
- network_request: If an network request should be made to update and populate the ARP/NDP table of remote hosts used to lookup MACs in most circumstances. Disable this if you want to just use what's already in the table, or if you have requirements to prevent network traffic. The network request is a empty UDP packet sent to a high port, 55555 by default. This can be changed by setting getmac.PORT to the desired integer value. Additionally, on Windows, this will send a UDP packet to 184.108.40.206:53 to attempt to determine the default interface.
- If none of the arguments are selected, the default network interface for the system will be used.
- "Remote hosts" refer to hosts in your local layer 2 network, also commonly referred to as a "broadcast domain", "LAN", or "VLAN". As far as I know, there is not a reliable method to get a MAC address for a remote host external to the LAN. If you know any methods otherwise, please open a GitHub issue or shoot me an email, I'd love to be wrong about this.
- The first four arguments are mutually exclusive. network_request does not have any functionality when the interface argument is specified, and can be safely set if using in a script.
- The physical transport is assumed to be Ethernet (802.3). Others, such as Wi-Fi (802.11), are currently not tested or considored. I plan to address this in the future, and am definitely open to pull requests or issues related to this, including error reports.
- Exceptions will be handled silently and returned as a None. If you run into problems, you can set DEBUG to true and get more information about what's happening. If you're still having issues, please create an issue on GitHub and include the output with DEBUG enabled.
- Messages are output using the warnings module, and print() if getmac.DEBUG enabled (any value greater than 0). If you are using logging, they can be captured using logging.captureWarnings(). Otherwise, they can be suppressed using warnings.filterwarnings("ignore"). https://docs.python.org/3/library/warnings.html
Run getmac container and provide flags
docker run -it ghostofgoes/getmac:latest --help docker run -it ghostofgoes/getmac:latest --version docker run -it ghostofgoes/getmac:latest -n localhost
There is a pre-built container located on the Docker hub. Alternatively, you can build the image yourself (from the repository root directory):
docker build . -t getmac
- Commands: getmac, ipconfig
- Libraries: uuid, ctypes
- Third-party Packages: netifaces, psutil, scapy
- Commands: arp, ip, ifconfig, netstat, ip link
- Libraries: uuid, fcntl
- Third-party Packages: netifaces, psutil, scapy, arping
- Default interfaces: route, ip route list
- Files: /sys/class/net/X/address, /proc/net/arp
Mac OSX (Darwin)
- Same commands as Linux
- WSL: Windows commands are used for remote hosts, and Unix commands are used for interfaces
All or almost all features should work on "supported" platforms (OSes).
- Desktop: 7, 8, 8.1, 10
- Server: TBD
- (Partially supported, untested): 2000, XP, Vista
- CentOS/RHEL 6+
- Ubuntu 16+ (14 and older should work as well)
- The latest two versions probably (TBD)
- Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
All sub-versions are the latest available on your platform (with the exception of 2.6).
- 2.6.6 (CentOS 6/RHEL 6 version)
Please report any problems by opening a issue on GitHub!
- Depending on the platform, there could be a performance detriment, due to heavy usage of regular expressions.
- Platform test coverage is imperfect. If you're having issues, then you might be using a platform I haven't been able to test. Keep calm, open a GitHub issue, and I'd be more than happy to help.
- Older Python versions (2.5/3.3 and older) are not officially supported. If you're running these, all is not lost! Simply copy/paste getmac.py into your codebase and make the necessary edits to be compatible with your version and distribution of Python.
- Hostnames for IPv6 devices are not yet supported.
- Windows: the "default" of selecting the default route interface only works effectively if network_request is enabled. Otherwise, Ethernet as the default.
- There is are currently no automated tests for Python 2.6, which means there is a much higher potential for regressions. Open an issue if you encounter any.
Contributors are more than welcome! See the contribution guide to get started, and checkout the todo list for a full list of tasks and bugs.
Before submitting a PR, please make sure you've completed the pull request checklist!
The Python Discord server is a good place to ask questions or discuss the project (Handle: @KnownError).
- Christopher Goes (@ghostofgoes) - Author and maintainer
- Calvin Tran (@cyberhobbes) - Windows interface detection improvements
- Izra Faturrahman (@Frizz925) - Unit tests using the platform samples
- Jose Gonzalez (@Komish) - Docker container and Docker testing
- @fortunate-man - Awesome usage videos
- @martmists - legacy Python compatibility improvements
Many of the methods used to acquire an address and the core logic framework are attributed to the CPython project's UUID implementation.
Other Notable Sources
- String joining
MIT. Feel free to copy, modify, and use to your heart's content. Enjoy :)
2018, Christopher Goes