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Dynamically Updating IP Addresses with Update-ip

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A couple of years ago, I write a post including a snippet to automatically update your DNS overrides with WebFaction. That script served my purpose well until I moved to an ISP that gave me a static IP. Recently, though, I moved to a new apartment and signed up for service through Clear's 4G network in Dallas. I'm back to a dynamic IP, and so I dusted off the old script.

Being the coding geek that I am, I decided to expand it into a full-blown command-line utility that could support multiple services. I cooked up an updater class and a DNS service base class, added some tests and a setup script, and posted it to Github.

Installation is as easy as pip install update-ip, and from there you can use it from the command line with minimal effort. Right now, Webfaction is the only DNS service supported, but I plan to add more soon. I would greatly appreciate contributions of more services!

Here's the current documentation:

update-ip

An extensible Python utility to automatically update your IP address with dynamic DNS services. This initial release only supports WebFaction, but other services will be coming soon. This utility was designed to be run periodically through a scheduling utility like cron to keep your IP address current.

Installation

To install:

:::bash
pip install update-ip

Initial Setup

A small text file is created to keep track of your current IP address. Before beginning regular use, update-ip needs to be run manually first with a list of domain names to update the IP address for:

:::bash
$ update-ip -f /tmp/public_ip.txt -u myusername -p mypass 
-d my.awesomedomain.com,even.coolerdomain.com webfaction

The filename is the name of the file that will be created and then read each time the utility is run. The username and password are for the dynamic DNS service. The domains should be separated by commas, with no spaces. The service name is the name of a module within update_ip/services/.

Automatic Domains

After the first run, the text file should be in place. You can then run the script without specifically indicating the domains to update. When your IP changes, the script will check each domain on the dynamic DNS service and determine which ones are currently using your old domain. It will use those domains when it updates the service to your new IP.

Contributing

I would greatly appreciate any contributions to the project! Please send pull requests or patches, and I'd be glad to merge or apply them.

Thanks!

I'm a Node & React developer with more than 8 years of experience creating high performance web applications and architectures. If you're looking for help with your next project, hire me today!

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