What is APIPA stand for?

What does APIPA stand for and how can you tell if your computer is using it? why would your computer be using it?

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APIPA - Automatic Priavte IP addressing.

This is a dynamic service (I mentioned here dynamic means you have not need to start & stop this service, computer will automatically started this service when DHCP is down & stop this service when DHCP is up) that means this service is related with DHCP.

APIPA assign private IP address from to

APIPA also check presence DHCP server every 5 miniute ( according to microsoft )


  • Oct 27th, 2009

APIPA Stand for Automatic private IP addressing
A DHCP client that cannot obtain an IP address from a DHCP server due to any reasion, is able to configure its own IP address, this feature is called APIPA.
The client computer uses APIPA feature to assign and configure its own private address.
APIPA also check presence of DHCP server in every 5 minutes.


  • Oct 6th, 2011

It is advance private ip addressing it uses when we required one more ip for the same machine

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  • Oct 7th, 2011

When DHCP server is not available the Windows client computer assigns an automatic IP address to itself so that it can communicate with the network computers. This ip address is called APIPA. ITs in the range of 169.254.X.X.
APIPA stands for Automatic private IP addressing. Its in the range of 169.254.X.X.

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dhruv bakshi

  • Oct 8th, 2011

all the answers which are written above are true. one more thing i would like to add is, in case we are working n suddenly dhcp gets failed to provide ip address to our system, then the concept of apipa comes in light. it helps in maintaining the communication among the system. we can communication with each others system with the help of apipa

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saubhagya shakti singh

  • Dec 22nd, 2011

APIPA - Automatic Private IP Addressing its a feature that used in opereting system. When DHCP is unavailable then
APIPA provide IP ranging from to

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sunny lohar

  • Jan 4th, 2012

APIPA stands for automatic private ip address, it is the feature of Windows XP, automatic takes an IP from the range to, at the time when when DHCP and TCP/IP not able to assign an IP to the local computers.

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Ankur prajapati

  • Jun 20th, 2017

APIPA stand for automatic private internet protocol address. APIPA is a enabled by default if no static IP address or DHCP is not present the system will assign itself IP address in the range of to

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  • Jul 6th, 2017

If NIC Card Failes then APIPA Address will assign itself by operating system.

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  • Aug 11th, 2017

When client fails to obtain IP address from server then it automatically allots IP address by itself. It is called APIPA.

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  • Sep 4th, 2017

APIPA stands for Automatic Private IP Addressing, if a client machine fails to get an IP Address Allocated by the DHCP Server, APIPA will give it a non rout-able address in the 169.254 range

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Manish Kumar

  • Mar 17th, 2018

APIPA Stands for Automatic Private IP Addressing, its used when your systems DHCP fail or when you connect LAN but not configure or your IP will not assign...

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Mohammad Tarique

  • Sep 19th, 2018

APIPA:- Stand for the Automatic private IP address when DHCP service in fail over DHCP client getting APIPA IP address

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