PHP Visitor IP Address

PHP Obtain Visitor’s IP Address

Web developers can obtain a site visitor’s information using PHP. A web server such as Apache creates a global variable called “$_SERVER”. Server and execution environment information are stored in the global variable.

PHP can access indices of the global variable. The index “REMOTE_ADDR” contains the IP address of the user viewing the current PHP page. The IP Address can be used for visitor tracking and analyzing browsing trends.

This tutorial uses PHP and an HTTP Server.

    Tools are required:

  • Text editor.
  • Folder for web server.
  • HTTP Server.
  • Browser to view output.

Optional PHP as HTTP Server

In development environmental, PHP can be used as a web server. For more information about PHP Web Server read PHP Web Development Without Web Server.

GetVisitorIP.php File

 * GetVisitorIP.php
 * Copyright 2013 edward <>
 * This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
 * it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
 * the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
 * (at your option) any later version.
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 * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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// Get IP Address of Visitor Not Using Proxy
$IP_Address = $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'];

// Get IP Address of Visitor Using Proxy
if ( isset($_SERVER['HTTP_CLIENT_IP']) ) {
	$IP_Address = $_SERVER['HTTP_CLIENT_IP'];
} elseif ( isset($_SERVER['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR'])  ) {

// Print IP Address Found
echo $IP_Address;

The index “REMOTE_ADDR” is the non-proxy visitor’s IP address. The index “HTTP_CLIENT_IP” is set by shared routers. The index “HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR” is set by proxy servers.

How to Use:

    Open Browser

  • Enter path (might be IP) of web development folder.
  • Check the output of PHP code.

Demonstration: PHP Visitor IP Address Tutorial

Image Missing PHP Visitor IP Address No Proxy

Image Missing PHP Visitor IP Address Router

Image Missing PHP Visitor IP Address Proxy


PHP can get the IP address of website visitors. The IP address can be used for tracking and analyzing website usage. Web developers can improve websites based on the vistor’s browsing trends.


  1. Place your PHP code in a specific folder.
  2. Do not rely on one method for obtaining information.
  3. Do not use for authentication because IP addresses can be spoofed.