Wednesday, August 27, 2008

MyIpTrack: keep track of the IP addresses you use

I've just released a new program, which is actually a php script to install on a web site.

MyIpTrack is a php script that allows you to store the IP addresses with which you connect to the Internet. It stores such information on a text file. The information stored are: the IP address, date and time and some notes.

This is pretty useful if you connect to the Internet with many different providers (wireless networks, Internet cafe, etc.) and you want to keep track of all the IPs you've used (and date and time). You can also fill some notes for each such record.

MyIpTrack only needs a web server with PHP; it does not use any database: it stores the information in a text file. The archive consists of a record per line (thus records are separated by newline characters), and fields are separated by a tab character:

IP TAB date TAB address TAB notes

How it works

The idea is that when you connect to the Internet, you visit the page where you put MyIpTrack; at this point you'll be presented a web form already filled with the IP, the date (and time) and the address corresponding to the IP you are currently using. Then you'll be able to add some notes (e.g., that help you remember for what you used that IP).

If you're using an IP that you've used before, MyIpTrack will show a table with all the dates you used that specific IP.

It also shows a table with all the IP addresses used in the past. See the screenshot below.


MyIpTrack is Open Source, under the GPL license.


After you downloaded the .zip file and extracted its contents, all you need to do is copy the contents of the directory html into a directory of your web server. Make sure to give full write access to the text file where the information will be stored: archive.txt.

MyIpTrack is not thought to be part of a public web site: its web page is considered to be used only by the user who installed it, so it should be put in a private web directory. However, MyIpTrack provides also a basic authentication mechanism based on a user name and a password, specified in the file config.php. Just leave the user name empty if you're not interested in the authentication. If you want to use authentication, change the user name and password.

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