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Get Real IP Address with PHP

01.24.2013
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if (!empty($_SERVER["HTTP_CLIENT_IP"]))
{
//check for ip from share internet
$ip = $_SERVER["HTTP_CLIENT_IP"];
}
elseif (!empty($_SERVER["HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR"]))
{
// Check for the Proxy User
$ip = $_SERVER["HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR"];
}
else
{
$ip = $_SERVER["REMOTE_ADDR"];
}
// This will print user's real IP Address
// does't matter if user using proxy or not.
echo $ip;

In php, $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] is used to get the IP address of the user. But what happen if any user from USA access you site via proxy server of Australia. In this case $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] will return ip address of the Australia rather than ip address of USA.

This function will be useful when you have such visitors who are actually behind the proxy.

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