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Finding Ip address using sockets

Posted on 1998-01-12
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I need to find a way to know my own IP and to find the IP of another computer that is attached to another app through a socket connection.  I am using MFC and VC++ 5.0.  I have used sockets in many ways, but have never been able to find out the local machines IP with C++.
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Use the gethostbyname() WINSOCK function.  This will return the IP address of the specified host. To get your IP, just put in the hostname for your workstation.

Here is an example program:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <winsock.h>

void main()
{
// First, initialize the WINSOCK interface
WORD wVersionRequested;
WSADATA wsaData;
int err;
HOSTENT *hostent;
IN_ADDR in_addr;

wVersionRequested = MAKEWORD( 2, 0 );
err = WSAStartup( wVersionRequested, &wsaData );
if ( err != 0 ) {
/* Tell the user that we could not find a usable */
/* WinSock DLL. */
printf("ERROR: Failed to initialize WINSOCK");
return;
}


// Do a DNS lookup of an IP from it's hostname
hostent = gethostbyname("www.yahoo.com");
if(hostent != NULL){
memcpy(&in_addr, hostent->h_addr_list[0], 4);
printf("www.yahoo.com = %s\n", inet_ntoa(in_addr));
}
else{
printf("Error, lookup failed\n");
}
}  
 

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