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How to Get IPv4 Addresses

We allocate small blocks of IPv4 addresses to organisations that have joined as RIPE NCC members. We can only allocate one block of 1,024 addresses (issued as either one /22 prefix or a number of smaller prefixes) per Local Internet Registry (LIR) account, for as long as there are remaining /22s available.

Please note that we are nearing the end of our IPv4 pool. After this point, you will no longer be able to request a /22 allocation. Members will then only be able to join a waiting list to receive a smaller /24 allocation (256 addresses) at some point in the future, if and when it becomes available.


Request IPv4
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What You Will Need

Before you can request an IPv4 allocation, you need to complete the process to become a RIPE NCC member and open your Local Internet Registry (LIR) account. As part of this process, you will create a secure RIPE NCC Access account that allows you to request IP addresses and AS Numbers and maintain your LIR's information.

The Steps You Will Need to Take

Complete our IPv4 Request Form by clicking the button above. We will ask you to provide some information in the request form:

  • The people with responsibility for your LIR and your number resources (admin-c and tech-c contacts) and a maintainer object (mntner) that prevents other people from changing your registration information in the RIPE Database
  • Confirmation that you will use the addresses to make assignments
  • Confirmation that the addresses will be used on a network with an active element in our service region

An IPv4 request generally takes around one working day to complete, though this might take longer if we need additional information from you.

How Much IPv4 Can You Get?

We are running out of IPv4 addresses. The type and size of IPv4 allocation you can get will change as we reach certain key milestones. The table below has more information.

When Date How IPv4 Requests Are Processed
When we have less than one /8 block of IPv4 addresses remaining 15/09/2012 Each LIR can receive one /22 IPv4 allocation in the form of a single prefix
Once we have no more /22 prefixes 02/10/2019 Each LIR can receive one /22 IPv4 allocation in the form of multiple smaller prefixes (/23s and/or /24s)
Once all available IPv4 address space is exhausted Not yet reached LIRs can enter a waiting list to receive one /24 IPv4 allocation when addresses are returned in the future

Do You Need More Addresses?

Some organisations with unused IPv4 addresses are willing to transfer these to others. While we have no interest in any financial aspects, we do play a role in processing the transfer and updating the registration information. You can find more information on IP address and ASN transfers in the relevant section.

Get Support For Your IPv4 Request

If you have any questions before you submit your IPv4 request, you can use our contact form to send us a message – we’ll be happy to help.

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