Tony Eichelberger Tony Eichelberger - 9 months ago 73
SQL Question

Max length for client ip address

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Maximum length of the textual representation of an IPv6 address?

What would you recommend as the maximum size for a database column storing client ip addresses? I have it set to 16 right now, but could I get an ip address that is longer than that with IPv6, etc?


For IPv4, you could get away with storing the 4 raw bytes of the IP address (each of the numbers between the periods in an IP address are 0-255, i.e., one byte). But then you would have to translate going in and out of the DB and that's messy.

IPv6 addresses are 128 bits (as opposed to 32 bits of IPv4 addresses). They are usually written as 8 groups of 4 hex digits separated by colons: 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334. 39 characters is appropriate to store IPv6 addresses in this format.

Edit: However, there is a caveat, see @Deepak's answer for details about IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses. (The correct maximum IPv6 string length is 45 characters.)