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php – select outgoing ip for curl request

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a server with two different IPs. I need to send odd curl requests from first IP, and even from the second one. How can I select outgoing IP address?

My PHP script is something like this:

$curlh = curl_init($url);
curl_setopt($curlh, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, $uagent);
curl_setopt($curlh, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$result = curl_exec($curlh);

How can I do so?

How to&Answers:

You may want to try setting the CURLOPT_INTERFACE option:

curl_setopt($curlh, CURLOPT_INTERFACE, "xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx");

CURLOPT_INTERFACE: The name of the outgoing network interface to use. This can be an interface name, an IP address or a host name.

From: php Manual: curl_setopt

EDIT: Fixing example, as @Michael Hart pointed out pointed out in the other answer.


Since I can’t reply yet, just wanted to add to Daniel Vassallo’s answer. While he is correct, his example is not.

CURLOPT_INTERFACE is a constant, and can’t be placed within quotes. This could cause a bit of confusion to some who may copy and paste only to find out that it doesn’t work. The proper code would be:

curl_setopt($curlh, CURLOPT_INTERFACE, "xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx");

Also, for Linux systems (and I’m sure Windows, but it wont be exactly the same), I feel like pointing out that you don’t have to use the IP address. If you know the ethN interface, you can simply use “eth0”, “eth1”, or “eth0:0” depending on how your network is configured. This may be more preferable, since the code will not be specific to 1 machine, and might fit into a more broad configuration (for example, clusters).