Rory Rory - 7 months ago 61
Python Question

Checking for IP addresses

Are there any existing libraries to parse a string as an ipv4 or ipv6 address, or at least identify whether a string is an IP address (of either sort)?


Yes, there is ipaddr module, that can you help to check if a string is a IPv4/IPv6 address, and to detect its version.

import ipaddr
import sys

   ip = ipaddr.IPAddress(sys.argv[1])
   print '%s is a correct IP%s address.' % (ip, ip.version)
except ValueError:
   print 'address/netmask is invalid: %s' % sys.argv[1]
   print 'Usage : %s  ip' % sys.argv[0]

But this is not a standard module, so it is not always possible to use it. You also try using the standard socket module:

import socket

    print "ipv4 address"
except socket.error:
    print "not ipv4 address"

For IPv6 addresses you must use socket.inet_pton(socket.AF_INET6, address).

I also want to note, that inet_aton will try to convert (and really convert it) addresses like 10, 127 and so on, which do not look like IP addresses.