(PHP 5 >= 5.1.0, PHP 7)

inet_ptonConverts a human readable IP address to its packed in_addr representation


inet_pton ( string $address ) : string

This function converts a human readable IPv4 or IPv6 address (if PHP was built with IPv6 support enabled) into an address family appropriate 32bit or 128bit binary structure.



A human readable IPv4 or IPv6 address.

Return Values

Returns the in_addr representation of the given address, or false if a syntactically invalid address is given (for example, an IPv4 address without dots or an IPv6 address without colons).


Example #1 inet_pton() Example

$in_addr = inet_pton('');
$in6_addr = inet_pton('::1');

See Also

  • ip2long() - Converts a string containing an (IPv4) Internet Protocol dotted address into a long integer
  • long2ip() - Converts an long integer address into a string in (IPv4) Internet standard dotted format
  • inet_ntop() - Converts a packed internet address to a human readable representation

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