How to make your own ‘get my current IP address’ server using only nginx

This nginx config will return the user’s IP address to the user. Note that it won’t work behind a reverse proxy, it actually needs to listen on port 80 and/or 443 of the IP address of the domain it is served as.

location = /api/get-my-ip {
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' '*' always;
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Methods' 'GET, OPTIONS';
    add_header 'Content-Type' 'text/plain charset=UTF-8';
    return 200 '$remote_addr';
}

 

This is a JSON-returning variant:

location = /api/get-my-ip-json {
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' '*' always;
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Methods' 'GET, OPTIONS';
    add_header 'Content-Type' 'text/plain charset=UTF-8';
    return 200 '{"ip": "$remote_addr"}';
}

This configuration is available online, for free, at techoverflow.net: See How to get your current IPv4 address using wget and How to get your current IPv6 address using wget