How do you extract IP addresses from files using a regex in a linux shell?


How to extract a text part by regexp in linux shell? Lets say, I have a file where in every line is an IP address, but on a different position. What is the simplest way to extract those IP addresses using common unix command-line tools?

3/14/2018 11:04:26 AM

Accepted Answer

You could use grep to pull them out.

grep -o '[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}' file.txt
1/9/2009 1:11:27 PM

Most of the examples here will match on 999.999.999.999 which is not technically a valid IP address.

The following will match on only valid IP addresses (including network and broadcast addresses).

grep -E -o '(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)' file.txt

Omit the -o if you want to see the entire line that matched.

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