There are a plethora of websites that will try to deduce your location from your IP address. For example: https://nordvpn.com/what-is-my-ip/.

This is handy for debugging VPNs - if I visit one of these sites and the location corresponds to the reported server location, rather than where I actually am, then I'm reasonably sure the VPN is working.

I'd like to be able to use a tool like this from the command line, where I can't operate a complicated web browser. Does such a tool exist?

For what it's worth, I am running Gentoo using OpenVPN, and my provider is Private Internet Access. But I hope that there's a reasonably cross-platform solution.

  • Does this answer your question? Get the external IP address in shell without dig in 2016?
    – muru
    Jun 30, 2021 at 22:46
  • @muru Doesn't seem so - they appear to only deal with IP addresses, but not location. I also get a different answer from the IP I'm sure of with the cloudflare solution suggested there (dig @ TXT whoami.cloudflare.com +short), but I don't know why. Jun 30, 2021 at 22:51
  • If you are required to host this yourself, this functionality can be achieved by a small script on a public webserver. I have provided an example here.
    – Panki
    Jul 1, 2021 at 6:58

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You can use ipinfo.io or ipstack.com services through curl:
curl --silent "https://ipinfo.io/ip"
similarly change ip to country to get your geographical location.


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