(PHP 5 >= 5.1.0RC1)

inet_pton --  Converts a human readable IP address to its packed in_addr representation


string inet_pton ( string address )

This function converts a human readable IPv4 or IPv6 address (if PHP was built with IPv6 support enabled) into an address family appropriate 32bit or 128bit binary structure.

Example 1. inet_pton() Example

= inet_pton('');

$in6_addr = inet_pton('::1');


Note: This function is not implemented on Windows platforms.

See also ip2long(), inet_ntop(), and long2ip().