I want to store the user's IP address in a Joomla 3.5 component; with 2.5, I did a

$ip = JRequest::getVar('REMOTE_ADDR', '', 'SERVER');

Which is the most efficient way to get the IP address from a client using the JInput class, since JRequest is deprecated?


2 Answers 2


Please check this code -

$jinput = JFactory::getApplication()->input;

$ip = $jinput->server->get('REMOTE_ADDR', '', '');

//Here default value and filter are null, so you can write 

$ip = $jinput->server->get('REMOTE_ADDR');

By this you can get the ip address.

  • I don't know, what the 3rd parameter 'SERVER' should do. It's a filter, but not a standard one; should we change this to 'CMD' or remove the 3rd parameter, because CMD is the default one? Or can I define a filter by myself in Joomla 3.x? Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 14:39
  • Yes SERVER wasnt required and you can leave the last parameter as Blank.
    – Joomler
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 7:07
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    I believe the default value and filter are automatically null, so if they're not going be defined by you, then you can replace ->get('REMOTE_ADDR', '', '') with ->get('REMOTE_ADDR')
    – Lodder
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 22:37

I put a one-liner - and it works similar to your answer, because I do not use the object $jinput more than once; again thank you Joomler +1:

$ip = JFactory::getApplication()->input->server->get('REMOTE_ADDR','');

You could remove the second parameter too. If so, the $ip will be set to null if REMOTE_ADDR is not available.

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