Often it is important to find out, what is my machine's public IP address. There are numerous websites to get this information, but it is much faster to do on the terminal.
We can do this by querying Google's name servers with a specific query
dig. This will send back my IP as a response.
I want to query both
IPv6 addresses, so I run the query twice with different parameter to
As per usual, I ended up creating a new alias to my
alias myip='echo "IPv4:" && dig -4 @ns1.google.com TXT o-o.myaddr.l.google.com +short && echo "IPv6:" && dig -6 @ns1.google.com TXT o-o.myaddr.l.google.com +short'
Now I can just run
myip on the terminal to get my public IPs.
> myip IPv4: "ipv4-address-here" IPv6: "ipv6-address-here"
This article is inspired by another article by someone, but I lost the link :(