Article: How to get location of a computer on the world's map?

Introduction.

The internet is a big place, it connects people from different countries and continents. You never know what country or city your chat partner comes from, where physically a certain website is hosted, who sends you emails, and so on.

But every computer on the internet has its unique IP address that can tell pretty much. Let's take a look at Alien IP - a nice tool that shows location of any remote computer on the world's map. The program can be used for analyzing who visits your internet site, as well as for getting details for individual IP addresses and hostnames in a user-friendly form.

Step 1: Download and install the program.

Download Alien IP to a known location. Run setup and follow on-screen instructions to install the application.

Step 2: Start the program. Enter IP or hostname, get the location.

Launch Alien IP. You will be prompted to register your copy, but we just enter the evaluation mode.

The program shows us the world's map.

World's map

We can click on the map to center it, or use scroll bars. As we move mouse pointer over the map, exact coordinates of the place under the pointer are shown in the status bar (below). Capitals and most important cities are shown on the map. If we place the mouse pointer over some populated area, we will also be able to see names of smaller cities in the area (in the status bar).

It is possible to zoom in for a better look.

Now let's enter some domain name to find out where the server is situated physically.

Location of the host

The location is highlighted on the map with a red dot, followed by the name of the place.

Alien IP automatically resolves hostnames to IP addresses.

However, most computers on the internet don't have any domain names associated with them, like personal computers. But they do have their unique IP addresses that can be extracted from email headers, server logs etc.

Alien IP accepts IP addresses as readily as hostnames:

IP address location

The program can be used to batch-process server logs and other lists of IP addresses, which help visualizing information about visitors. It also contains a number of network tools, like ping, traceroute etc. Helpful for webmasters and for everybody who wants to learn more about networks.

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