#ip-address #networking #ip #extractor #unix-command #ifconfig


A Simple crate that wraps around the ifconfig command to extract network interfaces and their ip addresses

2 releases

0.1.1 Dec 9, 2023
0.1.0 Dec 9, 2023

#1975 in Network programming

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MIT license

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IP Extractor

A Simple crate that extracts IP addresses for a unix based system. It is basically a wrapper around the ifconfig command.

This is my first crate, so please be gentle.

Keep reading for a mini doc, or you can just go to the docs.


use ip_extractor::find_network;

fn main() {
    let networks = get_networks().unwrap();

    networks.iter().for_each(|network| {
        println!("{}", network);

How it works and Warning

This crate is basically a wrapper around the ifconfig command. It runs the command and then parses the output to get the IP addresses.

The parsing is done using a simple split algorithm, so don’t expect it to be perfect. However, it should work for most cases.

Moreover, this crate only works on systems that have the ifconfig command. So it won’t work on windows. I mean, you can probably use it with WSL or Git Bash, but I haven’t tested it. So if you do, please let me know.

There is an internal function that actually executes the command and parses the output. However, it is not exposed to the user. This is the function that failed if the ifconfig command is not found.

Mini Doc

This is a simple crate that only has like 5 main functions. So if you have some programming knowledge, in rust, going through the docs would be a breeze. However, if you want a quick overview, here is the mini doc.

Network Struct

The Network struct is a simple struct that is meant to be the representation of a network interface. It has 5 fields as of version 0.1.0.

pub struct Network {
    pub name: String,
    pub inet: String,
    pub mac: String,
    pub netmask: String,
    pub broadcast: String,

The ip of the network interface is stored in the inet field if you are wondering.

This struct only representational, hence, it does not have any methods. By the way, it implements the Display trait, so you can print it out directly.

get_networks Function

This is the main function of the crate. It returns a Vec<Network> which is a vector of all the network interfaces on the system.

Remember it returns the networks directly, so you can use it like this:

Signature: get_networks() -> Vec<Network>

get_networks().iter().for_each(|network| {
    println!("{}", network);

find_network Function

A function that fuzzy searches for a network interface. It takes a &str as an argument and returns an Option<Network>.

Signature: find_network(&str) -> Option<Network>

use ip_extractor::{find_network, Network};
let network = find_network("wlan");
match network {
   Some(network) => println!("{:?}", network),
  None => println!("No network found."),

parse_network Function

This is an internal function that is used to parse the output of the ifconfig command. It takes a &str as an argument and returns a Network.

The parsing is done using a simple split algorithm, so don’t expect it to be perfect. However, it should work for most cases.

Signature: parse_network(&str) -> Network

use ip_extractor::parse_network;
let network = parse_network("wlp2s0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
println!("{:?}", network);

get_wlan Function

A method to get all wireless networks on the system. Most unix based systems use wlan or wlp as the prefix for wireless network interfaces.

Hence this method is basically a iterator filter on the get_networks method for finding them. You can also pass in an optional identifier to fuzzy match a wireless network interface’s name.

Signature: get_wlan(Optional<&str>) -> Vec<Network>

use ip_extractor::{get_wlan, Network};
let networks = get_wlan(None);
for network in networks {
   println!("{:?}", network);
let networks = get_wlan(Some("wlp"));
for network in networks {
  println!("{:?}", network);

get_ethernet Function

This is similar to the get_wlan function, but it is for ethernet network interfaces. The prefix for ethernet network interfaces is usually eth or enp.

Signature: get_ethernet(Optional<&str>) -> Vec<Network>

use ip_extractor::{get_ethernet, Network};
let networks = get_ethernet(None);
for network in networks {
  println!("{:?}", network);
let networks = get_ethernet(Some("enp"));
for network in networks {
 println!("{:?}", network);

Note: The get_wlan and get_ethernet functions are just iterators over the get_networks function. So you can use the get_networks function directly if you want.


If you want to contribute to this crate, you can do so by opening an issue or a pull request. I would really appreciate it.


This crate is licensed under the MIT license. You can read the license here. So basically, as long as the thing you are using it for is legal, you can use it (At least, that’s what I think it means).

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