Return ip address of site visitors instead of Heroku server

So am trying to get the ip address of the visitors to my app on Haruko, am using an API for this, the API works well locally but when i deploy the app on Heroku, i get the IP of the Heroku server, it is an express.js app and am using this setting

app.set('trust proxy', true);

I have seen alot of solution to this problem but know works for me.

when i use

var ip = req.headers['x-forwarded-for'] || req.connection.remoteAddress;

i get this result

clientIp: '::1',

2 answers

  • answered 2021-03-08 21:17 yahya007

    var ip = req.headers['x-forwarded-for'] || 
         req.connection.remoteAddress || 
         req.socket.remoteAddress ||
         (req.connection.socket ? req.connection.socket.remoteAddress : null);

    But sometimes you can get more than one IP address with this req.headers['x-forwarded-for']

          var ipAddr = req.headers["x-forwarded-for"];
          if (ipAddr){
            var list = ipAddr.split(",");
            ipAddr = list[list.length-1];
          } else {
            ipAddr = req.connection.remoteAddress;

    You control with basic if else.

    Or you can use this one and replace with req.headers['x-forwarded-for'] on top of the answer

    let ip = request.headers['x-forwarded-for'].split(',')[0]

  • answered 2021-03-09 08:23 Allaye

    First you will have to install this module npm i ipware

    var get_ip = require('ipware')().get_ip;
    app.use(function(req, res, next) {
        var ip_info = get_ip(req);
        // { clientIp: '', clientIpRoutable: false }

    Mind you the result is in an object form, getting the ipaddress should be simple as doing


    So i guess this should help.