ipident

Node.js library to identify the location of IP addresses using redis.

ipident - IP identification lookup using redis

This module provides a simple Node.js API interface to identify city information from a given IP Address. The module will setup a redis data store and load the IP lookup data there.

You have to install redis and node.js in order to use this module.

Install with:

$ npm install ipident

Or get it from the source: ipident

The IP lookup data is available at geolite. Download the GeoLite City data in CSV format. Extract them into node_modules/ipident/data/ directory. Note that there should be 2 files:

node_modules/ipident/data/GeoLiteCity-Blocks.csv
node_modules/ipident/data/GeoLiteCity-Location.csv
var ipident = require('ipident');
 
function doLookup() {
    ipident.retrieveCityInfo('125.163.49.39', function (data) {
        console.log(data);
    });
}
 
// loads data into redis 
ipident.autoLoad(doLookup);
 

Read the data from csv file and load them to redis data store. This application only use 1 key, ipident:ipaddress. Usually this function isn't used directly, use autoLoad instead.

Check the data in redis and load them if necessary. This function is used in starting up the application to ensure the data is ready.

var ipident = require('ipident');
 
ipident.autoLoad();

This is the main function to lookup city information. The returned data is an object with the following fields:

  • city_name
  • region_name
  • country_code
  • postal_code
  • latitude
  • longitude
  • metro_code
  • area_code

Deletes all data from redis

Count all data from redis

Sample of usage inside a web application using express framework. The web application will prepare the data and load it to redis. On browser request, the remote ip of the requester will be identified, and by using ipident.retrieveCityInfo it will find the city and displays it in the browser.

Install express

$ npm install express

server.js:

var express = require('express'),
    ipident = require('ipident');
var app = express();
 
ipident.autoLoad();
 
app.get('/', function(reqres) {
    var body = 'IP Address: ' + req.ip + "\n",
        start = process.hrtime();
 
    ipident.retrieveCityInfo(req.ip, function (data) {
 
        if (data) {
            var city_info, diff;
 
            city_info = "City: " + data.city_name + "\n";
            city_info += "Region Name: " + data.region_name + "\n";
            city_info += "Country: " + data.country_code + "\n";
            city_info += "Postal Code: " + data.postal_code + "\n";
            city_info += "Latitude: " + data.latitude + "\n";
            city_info += "Longitude: " + data.longitude + "\n";
            city_info += "Metro Code: " + data.metro_code + "\n";
            city_info += "Area Code: " + data.area_code + "\n";
            body += city_info;
            diff = process.hrtime(start);
            body += "\n\nIdentification process took " +
                (diff[0] * 1e9 + diff[1]).toString() +
                " nanoseconds\n";
            res.setHeader('Content-Type', 'text/plain');
            res.setHeader('Content-Length', body.length);
            res.end(body);
        } else {
            body += "No location identified for your IP Address.\n";
            res.setHeader('Content-Type', 'text/plain');
            res.setHeader('Content-Length', body.length);
            res.end(body);
        }
    });
});
 
app.get(/\/ipv4\/(\d+\.\d+\.\d+\.\d+)/, function(reqres) {
    var given_ip = req.params[0];
    var start = process.hrtime();
    var body = 'Lookup IP Address: ' + given_ip + "\n";
    ipident.retrieveCityInfo(given_ip, function (data) {
 
        if (data) {
            var city_info, diff;
 
            city_info = "City: " + data.city_name + "\n";
            city_info += "Region Name: " + data.region_name + "\n";
            city_info += "Country: " + data.country_code + "\n";
            city_info += "Postal Code: " + data.postal_code + "\n";
            city_info += "Latitude: " + data.latitude + "\n";
            city_info += "Longitude: " + data.longitude + "\n";
            city_info += "Metro Code: " + data.metro_code + "\n";
            city_info += "Area Code: " + data.area_code + "\n";
            body += city_info;
            diff = process.hrtime(start);
            body += "\n\nIdentification process took " +
                (diff[0] * 1e9 + diff[1]).toString() +
                " nanoseconds\n";
            res.setHeader('Content-Type', 'text/plain');
            res.setHeader('Content-Length', body.length);
            res.end(body);
        } else {
            body += "No location identified for your IP Address.\n";
            res.setHeader('Content-Type', 'text/plain');
            res.setHeader('Content-Length', body.length);
            res.end(body);
        }
    });
 
});
 
app.listen(3001);
console.log('Listening on port 3001');