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IP Location

We rely on IP location for many things as sysadmins, like checking where that flood of logins to wordpress is coming from (China?!). Or even checking if a new order is coming from downtown Dubai or from the outskirts of Jakarta…

I usually use ip2location.com/demo/ and it works great from the browser. Recently however I noticed one of my colleagues using db-ip. They have a rest API. So I wrote this small wrapper, that needs plenty of fixes:
wget -qO- "http://api.db-ip.com/addrinfo?addr=${ADDR}&api_key=${KEY}"

Here’s a sample session:
$ ipinfo
{"address":"","country":"US","stateprov":"California","city":"San Francisco"}

Very simple, but seems enough if I want to check the IP location from the shell. Maybe I’ll add more features (if I need them!)

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