How to Find Linux Server Geographic Location in Terminal

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4 Responses

  1. Jeff H Silverman says:

    There are many geoip lookup services. My issue with ipinfo.io is that they don’t appear to do IIPv6. By way of contrast, ipgeolocation.io has a comparable API and *will* do IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. They do require that you get an API key, but they have a development pricing level that’s free.

    [email protected]:/home/jeffs $ curl -4 -s "https://api.ipgeolocation.io/ipgeo?apiKey=${API_KEY}" | jq ".ip" | sed -e s/\"//g
    97.126.67.233


    [email protected]:/home/jeffs $ curl -6 -s "https://api.ipgeolocation.io/ipgeo?apiKey=${API_KEY}" | jq ".ip" | sed -e s/\"//g
    2602:61:7e43:e900:58fd:e794:22b1:e919

    Likewise, I can get the information about somebody else’s IPv4 or IPv6 address:

    [email protected]:/home/jeffs $ curl -4 -s "https://api.ipgeolocation.io/ipgeo?apiKey=${API_KEY}&ip=208.97.189.29" | jq ".latitude,.longitude" | awk -F": " '{ print substr($1,2,length($1)-2)}'
    33.91670
    -117.90000


    [email protected]:/home/jeffs $ curl -6 -s "https://api.ipgeolocation.io/ipgeo?apiKey=${API_KEY}&ip=208.97.189.29" | jq ".latitude,.longitude" | awk -F": " '{ print substr($1,2,length($1)-2)}'
    33.91670
    -117.90000

    I am filtering the outputs through sed to get rid of the ” characters.

    Bottom line is that there are many IP geolocation services. You should try several different ones, see what API you like best. Everything else in this article is a little bash-foo.

  2. bazio101 says:

    Nice tutorial.

    You can also find IP by using:

    # curl ifconfig.me
    

    and if GeoIP is installed:

    # geoiplookup
    

    Gives you the country name and info about your ISP.

    If you specify location of GeoLiteCity.dat file:

    # geoiplookup -f /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoLiteCity.dat
    

    You get the rest (city and coordinates).

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