You want to know more about a specific ip address in your log files or visitor statistics package? And you’re not satisfied with tools like whois or traceroute? There are several online services that use an ip range database to look up the location of an IP address (as far as this info is made available by the ISP). Here some bookmarklets to use two of them, Hostip.info and Ip2Location.com.
Hostip.info is free, uses a freely available database and produces a Google map. Ip2Location uses a commercial database and is free for max 20 requests per day.
IP (to location) Lookup Bookmarklet links
How to install the Bookmarklets
- Right-click the bookmarklet link and choose “Bookmark This Link”
- Click the “Create in” dropdown and choose “Bookmarks Toolbar Folder”
- (quick alternative: drag it to your links toolbar…)
- Right-click the bookmarklet link and choose “Add to Favorites”
- Click “Yes” if there is a “May not be safe” popup
- Choose “Links” in the “Create in” pane and click “OK”
How to use the bookmarklet
- if the ip address is on a webpage, select it and click the bookmarklet
- if the ip address is in a logfile, select and copy it, and click the bookmarklet in your browser (without any text selected) – then paste the ip in the prompt
- There are more similar services – if you prefer another service and produce a bookmarklet for it, point to it in the comments
- Also note that most visitor tracking packages have ip address location lookup built-in. (To some extent, often country-level for free packages) and some services provide visitor location widgets to embed in your html code (Map Stats, CustrMaps) – but that’s a different story.