Of course, it doesn’t take much work to find a few Mac apps that do what you can already do for free but with an extra click or two.
One of my alert readers pointed me to ShowIP, a simple, elegant, completely one-trick pony app for your Mac. It does one thing and one thing only. It displays your Mac’s current IP address in the Menubar. Is it important to know your Mac’s IP address? Maybe, depending on the circumstances you may need to know the number (troubleshooting, customer support, tracking, etc.).
It’s not likely you’ll need the IP address every time you turn on your Mac, but if you need it, ShowIP grabs the number and parks it in the Menubar so you can see it.
What does this luxury app cost? 99-cents.
Or, you can get the same thing for free by opening your Mac’s browser and entering IP address in the search bar.
Google’s search engine automatically returns the public IP address, but also gives search results and links to sites which do the same thing, such as What’s My IP Address, or IP Lookup (and many others).
Either way, all it takes is one click (use ShowIP or a bookmark) to reveal your Mac’s public IP address.
Is ShowIP worth 99-cents even though it does exactly the same think as a quick search using Google? Maybe. ShowIP has a couple of other enhancements that make it worth the price tag.
It will refresh the IP address periodically, so if it changes, you’ll know (but it would be nice to have a flashing red notification that the IP address has changed). And it lets you know if your Mac is connected to the internet (which you’ll find out quickly enough anyway).
In an era when the Mac’s Menubar is already overcrowded with utility apps it would be worthwhile to have a Dock version with similar notifications.