Convert a Number to an IP Address

On occasion, it is necessary to convert from a numeric value to an IP address, particularly if that numeric value was created by converting from an IP address. In a previous article, I showed how to Convert an IP Address to a Number, here I will show you how to reverse that process.

Create a new file called dec2ip on your system containing the following code

#!/usr/bin/awk -f
    dec = ARGV[1]
    for (e = 3; e >= 0; e--) {
        octet = int(dec / (256 ^ e))
        dec -= octet * 256 ^ e
        ip = ip delim octet
        delim = "."
    printf("%s\n", ip)

Then make the file executable by running

$ chmod +x dec2ip

This script will take a single numeric value as an input parameter and will output the equivalent IP address as shown below

$ ./dec2ip 3232235777

The script will convert any numeric value from 0 to 4294967295 to its IP address equivalent from to Anything outside of that range will produce unexpected results.

I tend to put these scripts into a folder on my system that is included in my PATH variable, so I can use them whenever needed.

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