convert actual address"www" to IP

Posted on 2004-10-29
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
How can i convert a simple address like to IP address x.x.x.x format?
A little tut through the needed functions like inet_ntoa would be cool, because i can't figure this out by myself.
Question by:skiritis13
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    Here you go, I ran into that problem recently.. what you want to use is gethostbyname().. some of these includes might be overkill, but that's all I used in my program.

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <ctype.h>
    #include <sys/time.h>
    #include <unistd.h>
    #include <fcntl.h>
    #include <sys/types.h>
    #include <sys/stat.h>
    #include <sys/socket.h>
    #include <netinet/in.h>
    #include <arpa/inet.h>
    #include <sys/types.h>
    #include <netdb.h>

    struct in_addr* resolve_addr(char *host)
            struct hostent *h;
            static struct in_addr addr;
            //if host name empty, return null
            if (host == NULL || strlen(host) == 0)
                    return NULL;

            //check to see if value entered was an IP
            addr.s_addr = inet_addr(host);
            if (addr.s_addr != -1)
                    return &addr;

            //check to see if value entered was a host name
            h = gethostbyname(host);
            if (h!= NULL)
                    return (struct in_addr *) *h->h_addr_list;

            //if neither worked, return NULL
            return NULL;

    Author Comment

    What i was really looking for is this in "for windows" format because currently i can't run linux.
    Anyway i made it win-ed my self( the code is the same, i just changed the headers ) but gethostbyname keeps returning null.I run into the msdn and it was very clear to use getaddrinfo in the place of gethostbyname. Any point on how to use getaddrinfo and the struct addrinfo or should i stick with the above code block?
    Again: in the above gethostbyname keeps returning NULL.

    Author Comment

    Anyway i just made it work.Thanx for the code!

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