Home Command line utilities How To Get Your Geolocation From Commandline In Linux
Get Your Geolocation From Commandline In Linux

How To Get Your Geolocation From Commandline In Linux

By sk
678 Views

This brief tutorial will walk you through how to get your geolocation from commandline in Linux. This could be useful when you wanted to know the location of your VPS or remote servers. A fellow Linux user Rafael Rinaldi has created a handy tool called "whereami" to find out the geolocation information using freegeoip.net from the commandline. Please note that some hosting providers might have hidden their server's exact place, or faked it due to security reasons. In such cases, this tool won't help.

Now, let us get started to find out the geolocation of the Linux system from commandline using whereami utility.

Install whereami

Installing 'whereami' tool is fairly simple and straight-forward. You need to install npm, a javascript package manager first.

To install npm on RPM based systems such as RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, run the following commands:

sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum install npm

Or,

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf install npm

On Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, run:

sudo apt-get install npm

On Arch Linux and its derivatives:

sudo pacman -S npm

On SUSE/openSUSE:

sudo zypper install npm

Once npm installed, run the following command to install "whereami" tool.

npm install -g @rafaelrinaldi/whereami

You will get an output something like below.

/usr/bin/whereami -> /usr/lib/node_modules/@rafaelrinaldi/whereami/bin/whereami
/usr/lib
└─┬ @rafaelrinaldi/[email protected] 
 ├─┬ [email protected] 
 │ ├─┬ [email protected] 
 │ │ └── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ └─┬ [email protected] 
 │ └── [email protected] 
 ├─┬ [email protected] 
 │ └─┬ [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ └─┬ [email protected] 
 │ └─┬ [email protected] 
 │ ├── [email protected] 
 │ └── [email protected] 
 ├── [email protected] 
 ├─┬ [email protected] 
 │ └── [email protected] 
 └── [email protected]

Get Your Geolocation From Commandline In Linux

Now, it's play time. To know your location, simply run:

whereami

Sample output would be:

11.1,77.35

As you see in the above output, It displays the latitude (11.1), and longitude (77.35) of my location.

I don't understand, can I have a human-readable format? Of course, you can! Add --f human switch with whereami command like below.

whereami --f human

Here is my output:

Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, India

I wouldn't say this is an accurate result, but it was very close to my actual location.

I need more details, can I have that too? Yes! Display the raw result that contains the public IP address, country code, zip code, metro code time zone etc., using the following command:

whereami -r

Sample output:

{"ip":"122.178.36.244","country_code":"IN","country_name":"India","region_code":"TN","region_name":"Tamil Nadu","city":"Tiruppur","zip_code":"641603","time_zone":"Asia/Kolkata","latitude":11.1,"longitude":77.35,"metro_code":0}

To know more details about whereami command, run:

 

whereami -help

Sample output:

Usage: whereami [OPTIONS]

Get your geolocation information using freegeoip.net from the CLI

Example:
 $ whereami
 -23.4733,-46.6658

$ whereami --f human
 San Francisco, CA, United States

Options:
 -v --version Display current software version
 -h --help Display help and usage details
 -f --format Output format (either human, json or sexagesimal)
 -r --raw Output raw data from freegeoip.net

I am pretty sure there could be other tools and ways to find out the geolocation. D you know any other methods? Please enlighten me in the comment section below.

Hope this helps.

Resource:

Thanks for stopping by!

Help us to help you:

Have a Good day!!

You May Also Like

7 comments

Warren L Shafor February 11, 2017 - 4:16 am

How could I get this to work on OS X?

Reply
SK February 11, 2017 - 6:44 am

I don’t have Mac OS X. I guess you can install it using homebrew. To install npm, run – brew install npm. And then install whereami using command – npm install -g @rafaelrinaldi/whereami. Let me if it works. Good luck.

Reply
Résistance Land Shark February 11, 2017 - 12:33 pm

On OS/X, install ‘jq’. I use ‘homebrew’ for installing on OS/X.
http://brew.sh
To install a package, ‘brew install jq’

Then use this one liner (works on Linux, too, with ‘jq’ installed):
curl -s http://freegeoip.net/json/ | jq -r ‘”(.latitude) (.longitude)”‘

Reply
SK February 12, 2017 - 6:52 am

Thank you.

Reply
SpecialEd March 28, 2017 - 8:47 pm

When I run whereami I get the following error message:

Can’t write PID file to /var/run/whereami.started.20241 at /usr/sbin/whereami line 229.

Any suggestions?

Reply
SK March 29, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Try as root user or use “sudo”. Good luck.

Reply
Claudiu November 28, 2019 - 6:54 pm

Hi,

I am new with Linux and having some issues with the “whereami” command.
To be more accurate, if I try to use it in a bash script like this:

echo “You are now working from $(whereami –f human)”;

then the output will only contain the location, without the “You are now working from” string before it.

Any thoughts?

Thanks

Reply

Leave a Comment

* By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More