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Importing records of the IP-to-country database to the MySQL table - PHP

If you have content in several different languages, your visitors probably speak several different languages as well. Wouldn't it be nice to serve them content from your site in their native language, based on the country from which they hail? You can, even if you're a small company, with an application that tells you a visitor's country based on their IP address. This four-part article series will show you how to build the application and incorporate it into your web site.

  1. Building an IP-to-Country Mapping Application with PHP
  2. Start building an IP-to-country PHP application
  3. Transferring the data of the IP-to-country database to the MySQL table
  4. Importing records of the IP-to-country database to the MySQL table
By: Alejandro Gervasio
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February 03, 2009

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In the previous segment, you learned how to create a PHP script which was tasked with importing the contents of the lookup database file into the “iptocountry” MySQL table. Considering that this script reads one line of the file at a time, it’s feasible to create one for illustrative purposes that fetches all of the lines in a single step, by means of the “file()” PHP function.

Here’s how this sample script looks:


// connect to MySQL server


throw new Exception ('Error connecting to the server.');


// select database


throw new Exception ('Error selecting database.');


// read source file and populate 'iptocountry' MySQL table with each line of file


foreach($lines as $line){


// check to see if current line is not a comment



// explode values


// build query

$sql="INSERT INTO iptocountry VALUES ('".implode("','",$values)."')";

// run query against MySQL table






catch(Exception $e){

echo $e->getMessage();



Obviously, this modified version of the script built in the previous section doesn’t differ too much from the original, since it utilizes the “file()” PHP native function to read all the lines of the lookup database file at once. Even though this approach can be faster, it requires a web server equipped with more RAM, so if you’re running this script in a slower computer, then I suggest that you use the method discussed in the previous section.

Regardless of the PHP script that you may want to use for importing the records of the lookup database file into the “ipcountry” MySQL table, at this point the table in question should be filled in with all of the data required for building an IP-to-country mapping program.

However, this topic will be discussed in depth in the upcoming article of this series. In the meantime, feel free to tweak all the code samples shown in this tutorial, and don’t forget to take a look at the contents of the recently created “iptocountry” MySQL table. You’ll be amazed at how many IP addresses have been mapped to their corresponding countries.

Final thoughts

In this initial chapter of the series, I provided you with a quick overview on how to create an IP-to-country mapping MySQL table with PHP. Logically, the data stored on this table is pretty useless if it’s not linked to a concrete application that turns it into meaningful information.

Therefore, in the forthcoming article I’ll be demonstrating how to build an application like this. Now that you’ve been warned, you don’t have any excuses to miss the next tutorial!

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