Get the client country based on ip address  [ 909 views ]

Goal: find the client on the map

I was supprised when I examined my server’s stat. There were many client from unknown country. This is not too good. I remember an old solution depends on ip2c database. This is nice and easy, but to keep the database updated not too confortable.

1. database solution

I have a simple table (ta_ip2c) with the ip2c data,

ip2c

and I can read the data width a simple select:

SELECT * FROM ta_ip2c WHERE $ip_num BETWEEN begin_ip_num AND end_ip_num;

$ip_num is the converted ip $ip_num = ip2long($ip)

2. online solution (ip2c.org)
The method is the same but no local database. Just ask the server like this:

/*
http://ip2c.org/?ip=XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX or http://ip2c.org/XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
sample call
*/
$ip = '89.168.70.220'; //or any other IP here
$s = file_get_contents('http://ip2c.org/'.$ip);
switch($s[0])
{
  case '0':
    echo 'Something wrong';
    break;
  case '1':
    $reply = explode(';',$s);
    echo '<br>Two-letter: '.$reply[1];
    echo '<br>Three-letter: '.$reply[2];
    echo '<br>Full name: '.$reply[3];
    break;
  case '2':
    echo 'Not found in database';
    break;
}

The output is very simple:

0;;;WRONG INPUT
|
+ your request has not been processed due to invalid syntax
    |
    + e.g. bad IPv4 like 300.400.abc.256
    + e.g. bad decimal like 2a3b4c or bigger than MAX_INT


1;CD;COD;COUNTRY
|
+ contains two-letter (ISO 3166) and three-letter country codes, and a full country name
+ country name may be multi-word and contain spaces
+ e.g. we take your IP:
    |
    + URL looks like this:  http://ip2c.org/?ip=89.168.70.220
    |                       or
    |                       http://ip2c.org/89.168.70.220
    |
    + resulting string is:  1;GB;GBR;United Kingdom


2;;;UNKNOWN
|
+ given ip/dec not found in database or not yet physically assigned to any country
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