How to get client’s IP address using JavaScript?

How to get client’s IP address using JavaScript?

I need to somehow retrieve the client’s IP address using JavaScript; no server side code, not even SSI.
However, I’m not against using a free 3rd party script/service.

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

I would use a web service that can return JSON (along with jQuery to make things simpler). Below are all the free active IP lookup services I could find and the information they return. If you know of any more, then please add a comment and I’ll update this answer.


DB-IP

Try it: http://api.db-ip.com/addrinfo?api_key=<your api key>&addr=<ip address>

Returns:

{
  "address": "116.12.250.1",
  "country": "SG",
  "stateprov": "Central Singapore",
  "city": "Singapore"
}

Limitations:

  • 2,500 requests per day
  • Doesn’t support JSONP callbacks
  • Requires IP address parameter
  • Requires an email address to get your API key
  • No SSL (https) with the free plan

Geobytes

Try it: http://gd.geobytes.com/GetCityDetails

$.getJSON('http://gd.geobytes.com/GetCityDetails?callback=?', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "geobytesforwarderfor": "",
  "geobytesremoteip": "116.12.250.1",
  "geobytesipaddress": "116.12.250.1",
  "geobytescertainty": "99",
  "geobytesinternet": "SA",
  "geobytescountry": "Saudi Arabia",
  "geobytesregionlocationcode": "SASH",
  "geobytesregion": "Ash Sharqiyah",
  "geobytescode": "SH",
  "geobyteslocationcode": "SASHJUBA",
  "geobytescity": "Jubail",
  "geobytescityid": "13793",
  "geobytesfqcn": "Jubail, SH, Saudi Arabia",
  "geobyteslatitude": "27.004999",
  "geobyteslongitude": "49.660999",
  "geobytescapital": "Riyadh ",
  "geobytestimezone": "+03:00",
  "geobytesnationalitysingular": "Saudi Arabian ",
  "geobytespopulation": "22757092",
  "geobytesnationalityplural": "Saudis",
  "geobytesmapreference": "Middle East ",
  "geobytescurrency": "Saudi Riyal",
  "geobytescurrencycode": "SAR",
  "geobytestitle": "Saudi Arabia"
}

Limitations:

  • 16,384 requests per hour
  • No SSL (https) with the free plan
  • Can return the wrong location (I’m in Singapore, not Saudi Arabia)

GeoIPLookup.io

Try it: https://json.geoiplookup.io/api

$.getJSON('https://json.geoiplookup.io/api?callback=?', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
    "ip": "116.12.250.1",
    "isp": "SGPOST",
    "org": "Singapore Post Ltd",
    "hostname": "116.12.250.1",
    "longitude": "103.807",
    "latitude": "1.29209",
    "postal_code": "",
    "city": "Singapore",
    "country_code": "SG",
    "country_name": "Singapore",
    "continent_code": "AS",
    "region": "Central Singapore",
    "district": "",
    "timezone_name": "Asia\/Singapore",
    "connection_type": "",
    "asn": "AS3758 SingNet",
    "currency_code": "SGD",
    "currency_name": "Singapore Dollar",
    "success": true
}

Limitations:

  • Unknown

geoPlugin

Try it: http://www.geoplugin.net/json.gp

$.getJSON('http://www.geoplugin.net/json.gp?jsoncallback=?', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "geoplugin_request": "116.12.250.1",
  "geoplugin_status": 200,
  "geoplugin_credit": "Some of the returned data includes GeoLite data created by MaxMind, available from <a href=\\'http://www.maxmind.com\\'>http://www.maxmind.com</a>.",
  "geoplugin_city": "Singapore",
  "geoplugin_region": "Singapore (general)",
  "geoplugin_areaCode": "0",
  "geoplugin_dmaCode": "0",
  "geoplugin_countryCode": "SG",
  "geoplugin_countryName": "Singapore",
  "geoplugin_continentCode": "AS",
  "geoplugin_latitude": "1.2931",
  "geoplugin_longitude": "103.855797",
  "geoplugin_regionCode": "00",
  "geoplugin_regionName": "Singapore (general)",
  "geoplugin_currencyCode": "SGD",
  "geoplugin_currencySymbol": "&#36;",
  "geoplugin_currencySymbol_UTF8": "$",
  "geoplugin_currencyConverter": 1.4239
}

Limitations:

  • 120 requests per minute
  • No SSL (https) with the free plan

Hacker Target

Try it: https://api.hackertarget.com/geoip/?q=<ip address>

Returns:

IP Address: 116.12.250.1
Country: SG
State: N/A
City: Singapore
Latitude: 1.293100
Longitude: 103.855797

Limitations:

  • 50 requests per day
  • Doesn’t support JSONP callbacks
  • Requires IP address parameter
  • Returns plain text

ipapi.co

Try it: https://ipapi.co/json/

$.getJSON('https://ipapi.co/json/', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "ip": "116.12.250.1",
  "city": "Singapore",
  "region": "Central Singapore Community Development Council",
  "country": "SG",
  "country_name": "Singapore",
  "postal": null,
  "latitude": 1.2855,
  "longitude": 103.8565,
  "timezone": "Asia/Singapore"
}

Limitations:

  • 1,000 requests per day
  • Requires SSL (https)

IP-API.com

Try it: http://ip-api.com/json

$.getJSON('http://ip-api.com/json?callback=?', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "as": "AS3758 SingNet",
  "city": "Singapore",
  "country": "Singapore",
  "countryCode": "SG",
  "isp": "SingNet Pte Ltd",
  "lat": 1.2931,
  "lon": 103.8558,
  "org": "Singapore Telecommunications",
  "query": "116.12.250.1",
  "region": "01",
  "regionName": "Central Singapore Community Development Council",
  "status": "success",
  "timezone": "Asia/Singapore",
  "zip": ""
}

Limitations:

  • 150 requests per minute
  • No SSL (https) with the free plan

Ipdata.co

Try it: https://api.ipdata.co

$.getJSON('https://api.ipdata.co', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "ip": "116.12.250.1",
  "city": "Singapore",
  "region": "Central Singapore Community Development Council",
  "region_code": "01",
  "country_name": "Singapore",
  "country_code": "SG",
  "continent_name": "Asia",
  "continent_code": "AS",
  "latitude": 1.2931,
  "longitude": 103.8558,
  "asn": "AS3758",
  "organisation": "SingNet",
  "postal": "",
  "calling_code": "65",
  "flag": "https://ipdata.co/flags/sg.png",
  "emoji_flag": "\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddec",
  "emoji_unicode": "U+1F1F8 U+1F1EC",
  "is_eu": false,
  "languages": [
    {
      "name": "English",
      "native": "English"
    },
    {
      "name": "Malay",
      "native": "Bahasa Melayu"
    },
    {
      "name": "Tamil",
      "native": "\u0ba4\u0bae\u0bbf\u0bb4\u0bcd"
    },
    {
      "name": "Chinese",
      "native": "\u4e2d\u6587"
    }
  ],
  "currency": {
    "name": "Singapore Dollar",
    "code": "SGD",
    "symbol": "S$",
    "native": "$",
    "plural": "Singapore dollars"
  },
  "time_zone": {
    "name": "Asia/Singapore",
    "abbr": "+08",
    "offset": "+0800",
    "is_dst": false,
    "current_time": "2018-05-09T12:28:49.183674+08:00"
  },
  "threat": {
    "is_tor": false,
    "is_proxy": false,
    "is_anonymous": false,
    "is_known_attacker": false,
    "is_known_abuser": false,
    "is_threat": false,
    "is_bogon": false
  }
}

Limitations:

  • 1,500 requests per day
  • Requires an email address to get your API key
  • Requires SSL (https)

IP Find

Try it: https://ipfind.co/me?auth=<your api key>

$.getJSON('https://ipfind.co/me?auth=<your_api_key>', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "ip_address": "116.12.250.1",
  "country": "Singapore",
  "country_code": "SG",
  "continent": "Asia",
  "continent_code": "AS",
  "city": "Singapore",
  "county": null,
  "region": "Central Singapore",
  "region_code": "01",
  "timezone": "Asia/Singapore",
  "owner": null,
  "longitude": 103.8565,
  "latitude": 1.2855,
  "currency": "SGD",
  "languages": [
    "cmn",
    "en-SG",
    "ms-SG",
    "ta-SG",
    "zh-SG"
  ]
}

Limitations:

  • 300 requests per day
  • Requires registration to get your API key

ipgeolocation

Try it: https://api.ipgeolocation.io/ipgeo?apiKey=<your api key>

$.getJSON('https://api.ipgeolocation.io/ipgeo?apiKey=<your_api_key>', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "ip": "116.12.250.1",
  "continent_code": "AS",
  "continent_name": "Asia",
  "country_code2": "SG",
  "country_code3": "SGP",
  "country_name": "Singapore",
  "country_capital": "Singapore",
  "state_prov": "Central Singapore",
  "district": "",
  "city": "Singapore",
  "zipcode": "",
  "latitude": "1.29209",
  "longitude": "103.807",
  "is_eu": false,
  "calling_code": "+65",
  "country_tld": ".sg",
  "languages": "cmn,en-SG,ms-SG,ta-SG,zh-SG",
  "country_flag": "https://ipgeolocation.io/static/flags/sg_64.png",
  "isp": "SGPOST",
  "connection_type": "",
  "organization": "Singapore Post Ltd",
  "geoname_id": "1880252",
  "currency": {
    "name": "Dollar",
    "code": "SGD"
  },
  "time_zone": {
    "name": "Asia/Singapore",
    "offset": 8,
    "is_dst": false,
    "current_time": "2018-06-12 09:06:49.028+0800"
  }
}

Limitations:

  • 50,000 requests per month
  • Requires registration to get your API key

ipify

Try it: https://api.ipify.org/?format=json

$.getJSON('https://api.ipify.org?format=jsonp&callback=?', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "ip": "116.12.250.1"
}

Limitations:

  • None

IPInfoDB

Try it: https://api.ipinfodb.com/v3/ip-city/?key=<your api key>&format=json

$.getJSON('https://api.ipinfodb.com/v3/ip-city/?key=<your_api_key>&format=json&callback=?', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "statusCode": "OK",
  "statusMessage": "",
  "ipAddress": "116.12.250.1",
  "countryCode": "SG",
  "countryName": "Singapore",
  "regionName": "Singapore",
  "cityName": "Singapore",
  "zipCode": "048941",
  "latitude": "1.28967",
  "longitude": "103.85",
  "timeZone": "+08:00"
}

Limitations:

  • Two requests per second
  • Requires registration to get your API key

ipinfo.io

Try it: https://ipinfo.io/json

$.getJSON('https://ipinfo.io/json', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "ip": "116.12.250.1",
  "hostname": "No Hostname",
  "city": "Singapore",
  "region": "Central Singapore Community Development Council",
  "country": "SG",
  "loc": "1.2931,103.8558",
  "org": "AS3758 SingNet"
}

Limitations:

  • 1,000 requests per day

ipstack (formerly freegeoip.net)

Try it: http://api.ipstack.com/<ip address>?access_key=<your api key>

$.getJSON('http://api.ipstack.com/<ip_address>?access_key=<your_api_key>', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
    "ip": "116.12.250.1",
    "type": "ipv4",
    "continent_code": "AS",
    "continent_name": "Asia",
    "country_code": "SG",
    "country_name": "Singapore",
    "region_code": "01",
    "region_name": "Central Singapore Community Development Council",
    "city": "Singapore",
    "zip": null,
    "latitude": 1.2931,
    "longitude": 103.8558,
    "location": {
        "geoname_id": 1880252,
        "capital": "Singapore",
        "languages": [{
            "code": "en",
            "name": "English",
            "native": "English"
        },
        {
            "code": "ms",
            "name": "Malay",
            "native": "Bahasa Melayu"
        },
        {
            "code": "ta",
            "name": "Tamil",
            "native": "\u0ba4\u0bae\u0bbf\u0bb4\u0bcd"
        },
        {
            "code": "zh",
            "name": "Chinese",
            "native": "\u4e2d\u6587"
        }],
        "country_flag": "http:\/\/assets.ipstack.com\/flags\/sg.svg",
        "country_flag_emoji": "\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddec",
        "country_flag_emoji_unicode": "U+1F1F8 U+1F1EC",
        "calling_code": "65",
        "is_eu": false
    }
}

Limitations:

  • 10,000 requests per month
  • Requires IP address parameter
  • Requires registration to get your API key
  • No SSL (https) with the free plan

jsonip.com

Try it: https://jsonip.com

$.getJSON('https://jsonip.com/?callback=?', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "ip": "116.12.250.1",
  "about": "/about",
  "Pro!": "http://getjsonip.com",
  "reject-fascism": "Liberal America will prevail"
}

Limitations:

  • The response includes upsell and politics

JSON Test

Try it: http://ip.jsontest.com/

$.getJSON('http://ip.jsontest.com/?callback=?', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "ip": "116.12.250.1"
}

Limitations:

  • No SSL (https)
  • Goes down a lot (over quota), so I wouldn’t use it for production
  • Returns IPv6 address if you have one, which may not be what you want

Nekudo

Try it: https://geoip.nekudo.com/api

$.getJSON('https://geoip.nekudo.com/api', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "city": "Singapore",
  "country": {
    "name": "Singapore",
    "code": "SG"
  },
  "location": {
    "accuracy_radius": 50,
    "latitude": 1.2855,
    "longitude": 103.8565,
    "time_zone": "Asia/Singapore"
  },
  "ip": "116.12.250.1"
}

Limitations:

  • Blocked by ad blockers using the EasyPrivacy list

Stupid Web Tools

Try it: http://www.stupidwebtools.com/api/my_ip.json

$.getJSON('http://www.stupidwebtools.com/api/my_ip.json', function(data) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));
});

Returns:

{
  "my_ip": {
    "ip": "116.12.250.1",
    "others": []
  }
}

Limitations:

  • No SSL (https)

Keep in mind that since these are all free services, your mileage may vary in terms of exceeding quota and uptime, and who knows when/if they will be taken offline down the road (exhibit A: Telize). Most of these services also offer a paid tier in case you want more features like SSL support.

Also, as skobaljic noted in the comments below, the request quotas are mostly academic since this is happening client-side and most end users will never exceed the quota.

UPDATES

Solution 2:

Update: I always wanted to make a min/ uglified version of the code, so here is an ES6 Promise code:

var findIP = new Promise(r=>{var w=window,a=new (w.RTCPeerConnection||w.mozRTCPeerConnection||w.webkitRTCPeerConnection)({iceServers:[]}),b=()=>{};a.createDataChannel("");a.createOffer(c=>a.setLocalDescription(c,b,b),b);a.onicecandidate=c=>{try{c.candidate.candidate.match(/([0-9]{1,3}(\.[0-9]{1,3}){3}|[a-f0-9]{1,4}(:[a-f0-9]{1,4}){7})/g).forEach(r)}catch(e){}}})

/*Usage example*/
findIP.then(ip => document.write('your ip: ', ip)).catch(e => console.error(e))

Note: This new minified code would return only single IP if you want all the IPs of the user( which might be more depending on his network), use the original code…


thanks to WebRTC, it is very easy to get local IP in WebRTC supported browsers( at least for now). I have modified the source code, reduced the lines, not making any stun requests since you only want Local IP, not the Public IP, the below code works in latest Firefox and Chrome, just run the snippet and check for yourself:

function findIP(onNewIP) { //  onNewIp - your listener function for new IPs
  var myPeerConnection = window.RTCPeerConnection || window.mozRTCPeerConnection || window.webkitRTCPeerConnection; //compatibility for firefox and chrome
  var pc = new myPeerConnection({iceServers: []}),
    noop = function() {},
    localIPs = {},
    ipRegex = /([0-9]{1,3}(\.[0-9]{1,3}){3}|[a-f0-9]{1,4}(:[a-f0-9]{1,4}){7})/g,
    key;

  function ipIterate(ip) {
    if (!localIPs[ip]) onNewIP(ip);
    localIPs[ip] = true;
  }
  pc.createDataChannel(""); //create a bogus data channel
  pc.createOffer(function(sdp) {
    sdp.sdp.split('\n').forEach(function(line) {
      if (line.indexOf('candidate') < 0) return;
      line.match(ipRegex).forEach(ipIterate);
    });
    pc.setLocalDescription(sdp, noop, noop);
  }, noop); // create offer and set local description
  pc.onicecandidate = function(ice) { //listen for candidate events
    if (!ice || !ice.candidate || !ice.candidate.candidate || !ice.candidate.candidate.match(ipRegex)) return;
    ice.candidate.candidate.match(ipRegex).forEach(ipIterate);
  };
}



var ul = document.createElement('ul');
ul.textContent = 'Your IPs are: '
document.body.appendChild(ul);

function addIP(ip) {
  console.log('got ip: ', ip);
  var li = document.createElement('li');
  li.textContent = ip;
  ul.appendChild(li);
}

findIP(addIP);
<h1> Demo retrieving Client IP using WebRTC </h1>

what is happening here is, we are creating a dummy peer connection, and for the remote peer to contact us, we generally exchange ice candidates with each other. And reading the ice candidates( from local session description and onIceCandidateEvent) we can tell the IP of the user.

where I took code from –> Source

Solution 3:

You can, relaying it via server side with JSONP

And while googling to find one, found it here on SO Can I perform a DNS lookup (hostname to IP address) using client-side Javascript?

<script type="application/javascript">
    function getip(json){
      alert(json.ip); // alerts the ip address
    }
</script>

<script type="application/javascript" src="http://www.telize.com/jsonip?callback=getip"></script>

Note : The telize.com API has permanently shut down as of November 15th, 2015.

Solution 4:

Most of the answers here “work around” the need for server-side code by… Hitting someone else’s server. Which is a totally valid technique, unless you actually do need to get the IP address without hitting a server.

Traditionally this wasn’t possible without some sort of a plugin (and even then, you’d likely get the wrong IP address if you were behind a NAT router), but with the advent of WebRTC it is actually possible to do this… If you’re targeting browsers that support WebRTC (currently: Firefox, Chrome and Opera).

Please read mido’s answer for details on how you can retrieve useful client IP addresses using WebRTC.

Solution 5:

You can do an ajax call to hostip.info or a similar service…

function myIP() {
    if (window.XMLHttpRequest) xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
    else xmlhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");

    xmlhttp.open("GET","http://api.hostip.info/get_html.php",false);
    xmlhttp.send();

    hostipInfo = xmlhttp.responseText.split("\n");

    for (i=0; hostipInfo.length >= i; i++) {
        ipAddress = hostipInfo[i].split(":");
        if ( ipAddress[0] == "IP" ) return ipAddress[1];
    }

    return false;
}

As a bonus, geolocalisation information is returned in the same call.

Solution 6:

Try this

$.get("http://ipinfo.io", function(response) {
    alert(response.ip);
}, "jsonp");

OR

$(document).ready(function () {
    $.getJSON("http://jsonip.com/?callback=?", function (data) {
        console.log(data);
        alert(data.ip);
    });
});

Fiddle