A tiny “Whats my IP address” - service written in Lua, using the lua-http library. https://wmi.kokolor.es
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A tiny “Whats my IP address” - service written in Lua, using the lua-http library.


Currently it is recommand to run this service behind nginx. In the future it should be possible to run it standalone too, but for this a few features are missing. This installation assume you’re using Debian or Ubuntu, but should work on other systems too, when you replace the package manager commands.


Install dependencies

  • Install luarocks
  • Install Lua and nginx apt install lua5.3 nginx
  • Create a new user

    adduser wmia
  • Login as the user:

    su -l wmia
  • Clone the repository

    git clone https://git.kokolor.es/imo/whats-my-ip-address.git
  • Change into the new folder

    cd whats-my-ip-address/
  • Initialize luarocks for this project

    luarocks init

    The benefit is, that luarocks will now install new modules in this folder, which keeps the rest of the system clean. But if you want to install the modules for the whole user or the whole system you can do this as well.

  • Now install the modules via luarocks

    luarocks install http
    luarocks install mimetypes
    luarocks install luafilesystem
  • Rename the sample config file and edit it with your favorite editor

    cp config.cfg.lua{.sample,}
  • Log back in as root and copy the systemd service file if you use systemd

    cp /home/wmia/whats-my-ip-address/install/wmia.service /etc/systemd/system/
  • Before activating the service, check if all paths are correct in the service file. If you didn’t use luarocks init make sure you change the path to the Lua executable in ExecStart.

    systemctl enable wmia.service
    systemctl start wmia.service

    If all paths are correctly, the service should start and be reachable locally

  • I don’t describe how to configure nginx here, but you can find an example configuration in /install, which you can use


  • Create Dockerfile
  • Documentation (e.g. usage, installation)
  • maybe reverse dns
  • maybe geoip = http://geoip.nekudo.com