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Finding the Public IP address in a shell script

For use in scripting, it would be handy to be able to do this:

IP=`....something ....`
echo ...$IP... >> configfile

I'm looking for the IP address as seen by the web, in this instance. Ubuntu, if it makes a difference. Happy to install a package or two.

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marked as duplicate by Michael Hampton, EEAA, mdpc, Zoredache, kce Feb 5 '13 at 3:41

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Thanks - I looked for dupes but didn't find. –  Steve Bennett Feb 5 '13 at 22:47

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IP=`curl ifconfig.me`

[stephan@nemesis] ~ $ curl ifconfig.me

Voila. :)

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I'd suggest, ifconfig.me returns (to curl) only the IP address without any header or body tags. –  Stephan Feb 5 '13 at 2:22

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