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Easy to Track the Geographical Location Based on IP Address

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Developers are very much familiar with the use of IP tracking system, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET provides a number of class, methods to do this. This article is not about getting the user IP only, but also finds the geographical location of a user who is browsing your ASP.NET application. For example, you have an ASP.NET application, your hosting is done, your web address is suppose ””, now you want to track / maintain a log of the visitors IP with the location something like:


Sample output figure:

Quick Overview

Before we start, we need to know some basic knowledge, on System.Net, System.Data namespace provide by Microsoft Visual Studio .Net, HTTP Server variables.

More information can be found at this link.

How to Achieve

If you search for the solution on the internet; you may get many ways to do it. For example, you can use web service or download database containing the location mapped with the IP, but most of them are not free to use / allow you to a very limited number of hits per day… I found some sites that allow you free access for getting the user location from IP, some of the site(s) are listed below:

Note: All the above listed addresses reply in standard XML format.

How to Use the Services

In this section, I would like to discuss how to use the site(s) to retrieve a user geographical location. You can choose any one of them, before that you need to know what are the parameters required, let's start one by one:


Parameter: IP Address (
URL sample:
Output: Standard XML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  • Parameter: IP Address ( & License Key
  • URL sample:
  • Output: Standard XML
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<IPInformation xmlns:xsi= 
	xmlns:xsd="" xmlns="">
  <Organization />
  <TimeZone />
  <RegionName />

Blocks of code should be set as style "Formatted" like this:

  • Parameter: IP Address (
  • URL sample:
  • Output: Standard XML
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Get the User IP

I use a very common technique. Actually this is nothing but the using of HTTP server variables. The following server variables are used for this purpose.


A sample code snippet is given below:

private string GetVisitor()
        string strIPAddress = string.Empty;
        string strVisitorCountry = string.Empty;

        strIPAddress = Request.ServerVariables["HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR"];

        if (strIPAddress == "" || strIPAddress == null)
            strIPAddress = Request.ServerVariables["REMOTE_ADDR"];

        Tools.GetLocation.IVisitorsGeographicalLocation _objLocation;
        _objLocation = new Tools.GetLocation.ClsVisitorsGeographicalLocation();

        DataTable _objDataTable = _objLocation.GetLocation(strIPAddress);

        if (_objDataTable != null)
            if (_objDataTable.Rows.Count > 0)
                strVisitorCountry = 
                            "IP: "
                            + strIPAddress
                            + ", TIMESTAMP: " 
                            + Convert.ToString(System.DateTime.Now)     
                            + ", CITY: "
                            + Convert.ToString(_objDataTable.Rows[0]["City"]).ToUpper()
                            + ", COUNTRY: "
                            + Convert.ToString(_objDataTable.Rows[0]
                            + ", COUNTRY CODE: "
                            + Convert.ToString(_objDataTable.Rows[0]
                strVisitorCountry = null;
        return strVisitorCountry;

Get the User Location

To get the location, you just need to use the following provided by Microsoft Visual Studio .NET:

  • WebRequest
  • WebResponse
  • WebProxy

More information can be found at this link.

A sample code snippet is given below:

public DataTable GetLocation(string strIPAddress)
            //Create a WebRequest with the current Ip
            WebRequest _objWebRequest =
                               + strIPAddress);
            //Create a Web Proxy
            WebProxy _objWebProxy =
               new WebProxy(""
                         + strIPAddress, true);

            //Assign the proxy to the WebRequest
            _objWebRequest.Proxy = _objWebProxy;

            //Set the timeout in Seconds for the WebRequest
            _objWebRequest.Timeout = 2000;

                //Get the WebResponse 
                WebResponse _objWebResponse = _objWebRequest.GetResponse();
                //Read the Response in a XMLTextReader
                XmlTextReader _objXmlTextReader
                    = new XmlTextReader(_objWebResponse.GetResponseStream());

                //Create a new DataSet
                DataSet _objDataSet = new DataSet();
                //Read the Response into the DataSet

                return _objDataSet.Tables[0];
                return null;
        } // End of GetLocation		 


I hope this might be helpful to you! Enjoy.


  • MSDN


  • 2nd March, 2010: Initial post


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GeneralTrust is really not an issue but this idea would be great if my compiled and published webpage returned the right location PinmemberRedDK25-May-11 9:05 
GeneralRe: Trust is really not an issue but this idea would be great if my compiled and published webpage returned the right location PinmvpMd. Marufuzzaman25-May-11 9:30 

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