Inet_pton - Convert An IP Address In String Format To Packed Binary Format Using Python

Overview:

  • The Python function inet_pton() from the socket module converts an IP address in string format to a packed binary format.

Example – Converting an IPv4 address into binary format:

# Example Python Program to convert an IPv4 IP address

# into packed binary format

import socket

 

ipAddress   = "127.0.0.1";

binaryIP    = socket.inet_pton(socket.AF_INET, ipAddress);

print("IP address in string format:%s"%ipAddress);

print("Packed binary format of the IP address: %s"%(binaryIP));

 

Output:

IP address in string format:127.0.0.1

Packed binary format of the IP address: b'\x7f\x00\x00\x01'

 

Example – Converting an IPv6 address into binary format:

# Example Python Program to convert an IPv6 IP address

# into packed binary format

 

import socket

 

ipv6Address         = "0:0:0:0:0:ffff:7f00:1";

ipv6AddressBinary   = socket.inet_pton(socket.AF_INET6, ipv6Address);

print("An IPv6 address in string format:%s"%ipv6Address);

print("Packed binary format of the given IP6 address: %s"%(ipv6AddressBinary));

 

Output:

An IPv6 address in string format:0:0:0:0:0:ffff:7f00:1

Packed binary format of the given IP6 address: b'\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\xff\xff\x7f\x00\x00\x01'

 


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