Detecting if IP Address Entered

I’m trying to do something that I thought should be simple. Â Apparently, it’s not as simple to me as I thought. Â I’m creating a PowerShell script that will eventually use invoke-command. Â Therefore, I want to make sure that a computer name was entered, and not an IP address. Â This is what I have:
<pre class="lang:ps decode:true ">$test = ‘’
If ($test -contains ‘…’ ) {Write-Host ‘IP Address Detected’}
else {Write-Host ‘Computer Name Detected’}
I’m only using Write-Host for testing purposes. Â I do not plan on using it in the final script :slight_smile:

I’m open to any ideas for the best approach to detecting if the variable contains an IP address or not.


A minute after I posted the above, I found by our own Mr. Wonderful.  aka Don Jones :slight_smile:

Based on that, this works.

$test = ''
If ($test -match "\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}" ) {Write-Host 'IP Address Detected'}
else {Write-Host 'Computer Name Detected'}

Best way, maybe? Â I’m not validating the data. Â Just making sure the data looks right.

You could simplify it to this

if ($test -notmatch “[a-z]”){Write-Host “IPAddress”}else{Write-Host “Computer Name”}

because an IP address shouldn’t contain letters


I like that idea! Â I wonder if I would run into that odd circumstance that has a computer name as ‘567’. Â Doubtful, but I’ve seen many creating computer names in my time :slight_smile:

If you want to go the whole hog have more examples here. They have a regex that will go as far as matching valid ip’s, whereas the example you gave would accept 999.999.999.999 as valid. Obviously that match is not a concern here, but i thought it was worth mentioning.


You can use this:

$ip = “”
$IpCheck = ($ip -As [IPAddress]) -As [Bool]

if($IpCheck) {
“OK - IP”
} else {



function FIND_NODE {

Write-host “Enter IP to Modify:(>” -NoNewline
$INPUT = Read-Host
$script:INPUT = $INPUT.Trim()
$Ipcheck = ($script:INPUT -AS [IPAddress]) -as [Bool]

if ($Ipcheck -ne “TRUE”) {

Write-Host “$script:INPUT is not a valid IP”; FIND_NODE