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IP to Country

Problem
Having an IP address, how to figure out where (in which country) it is located?

Solution
There are several sites that provide all kinds of information about a host (e.g. Geotool, GeoBytes, etc). We could write a scraper but there are some problems with this approach: some sites limit the number of free accesses (e.g. Geotool presents a captcha after a while); if the layout changes, you need to rewrite the scraper.

It would be better to use a web service. That’s how I found geoPlugin, which provides some free web services, including JSON too.

Examples:

I made a simple Python script for it, available here.

Offline solution
If high accuracy is not a concern, MaxMind’s free databases (Country / City) could offer an off-line solution. It has a Python API.” — Avaris

Credits
Thanks to Ashwini Chaudhary who pointed me towards geoPlugin.

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