I am not going to disclose the public IP address here , but is there a way on to get the name of the hosting PC / Server . Thanks

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    An IP may serve many hosts. – ceejayoz Jan 26 '17 at 17:33
  • Not always helpful, but sometimes googling for the IP will list sites that track and store domain/IP associations; or the occasional cached whois. This information can be stale after sometime, but its a starting point. – pete Jan 26 '17 at 21:50

Here is a very simple way to do so:


Just input the IP address and it will find a reverse DNS entry (if one exists).

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    Only if there's a valid PTR record. (one of StackOverflow's IPs) returns nothing there, for example. – ceejayoz Jan 26 '17 at 17:34
  • you can use dig or host for this as well: dig -x [addr] ...or host [addr] – pete Jan 26 '17 at 21:52

under linux: "host " returns the primary domain name, if any reverse exist... there is also a "whois " command, returns info about the network block of the ip, so in an ideal situation you get the host's provider and contact info (anyway whois is not part of a default linux install nowadays).

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