Java InetAddress class
Java InetAddress class represents an IP address. The java.net.InetAddress class provides methods to get the IP of any host name for example www.javatpoint.com, www.google.com, www.facebook.com, etc.
An IP address is represented by 32-bit or 128-bit unsigned number. An instance of InetAddress represents the IP address with its corresponding host name. There are two types of addresses: Unicast and Multicast. The Unicast is an identifier for a single interface whereas Multicast is an identifier for a set of interfaces.
Moreover, InetAddress has a cache mechanism to store successful and unsuccessful host name resolutions.
There are two versions of IP address:
IPv4 is the primary Internet protocol. It is the first version of IP deployed for production in the ARAPNET in 1983. It is a widely used IP version to differentiate devices on network using an addressing scheme. A 32-bit addressing scheme is used to store 232 addresses that is more than 4 million addresses.
Features of IPv4:
IPv6 is the latest version of Internet protocol. It aims at fulfilling the need of more internet addresses. It provides solutions for the problems present in IPv4. It provides 128-bit address space that can be used to form a network of 340 undecillion unique IP addresses. IPv6 is also identified with a name IPng (Internet Protocol next generation).
Features of IPv6:
Java InetAddress Class Methods
Example of Java InetAddress Class
Let's see a simple example of InetAddress class to get ip address of www.javatpoint.com website.
InetDemo.javaTest it Now
Host Name: www.javatpoint.com IP Address: 22.214.171.124
Program to demonstrate methods of InetAddress class
In the above Java code, the various boolean methods of InetAdress class are demonstrated.