Raspberry Pi: IP by E-mail

I wrote a while ago about a mechanism to locate and connect to a headless Raspberry Pi over Ethernet using an LCD display and some start-up code.

Well today I broke it while preparing to move house (and use it in it’s intended situation!), which was bad news. Listen to your GND markings, people!

But a moment’s search for a replacement strategy yielded another idea. Nothing original by any means, but something new to my programming adventures thus far: Get the IP address by e-mail on boot!

Looking at a Raspberry Pi as it boots you will see the Ethernet port is initialized pretty early on in the boot procedure. A quick Google search revealed the existence of the ‘smtplib‘ module included with Python, which I leveraged to make this happen. Here is the final code (get_ip_address() found here):

import smtplib
import struct
import socket
import fcntl

msg = "From RPi Python"

def get_ip_address(ifname):
	s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)
	return socket.inet_ntoa(fcntl.ioctl(
		s.fileno(), 0x8915, # SIOCGIFADDR
		struct.pack('256s', ifname[:15])

fromaddr = <from address>
toaddr = <to address>

msg = """RPi IP is  %s""" % get_ip_address('eth0')

username = <username>
password = <password>

print("Sending IP: %s to %s" % (get_ip_address('eth0'), toaddr))

print("Opening connection...")
server = smtplib.SMTP('smtp.gmail.com:587')

print("Logging in...")
server.login(username, password)

print("Sending message: %s" % msg)
server.sendmail(fromaddr, toaddr, msg)

print("Closing connection...")


The next step is to make it run on boot, which only involved writing this script (called ipmailboot.sh):


sudo python ~/python/ipmail.py

Then changing the permissions for execution:

 sudo chmod 755 ipmailboot.sh

And then registering it to run on boot using update-rc.d ipmailboot.sh defaults.

So, nothing revolutionary, but when I move house and find the router is nowhere near a TV, all I’ll have to do is connect it to the network with an Ethernet cable, power on and wait for the email to arrive (on my Pebble watch, no less!)


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