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Playing with Python and GeoIP in Debian

Sometime ago I needed to find out the origin country of an hostname (actually a list of hostnames). As Debian has a GeoIP database available via aptitude, I could accomplish that using this database and the Python GeoIP module.

First of all I installed the required packages:

$ aptitude install geoip-database python-geoip

and then I used the following small script that configures the Python’s GeoIP module to use the Debian’s GeoIP database:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# written by Arthur Furlan <afurlan@afurlan.org>

import re
import sys
import GeoIP

## oops, check the usage! :)
if len(sys.argv) != 2:
    print 'Usage: %s ADDRESS' % sys.argv[0]

## geoip database from "geoip-database" debian package
GEOIP_DATABASE = '/usr/share/GeoIP/GeoIP.dat'

## get the country name based on the given address
if re.match('^[0-9]{1,3}(\.[0-9]{1,3}){3}$', sys.argv[1]):
    response = geoip.country_name_by_addr(sys.argv[1])
    response = geoip.country_name_by_name(sys.argv[1])

## print the response if there is any response
if response:
    print response

Some tests to check if it is really working… and looks like it is. :)

$ python address_country.py brasil.gov.br
$ python address_country.py configr.com
United States
$ python address_country.py debian.com
$ python address_country.py mandriva.com
$ python address_country.py some-nonexistent-domain.org