Get email upon changed IP address

Setup a cron script to check for changed IP address at reboot and each hour. Uses mailutils to setup an email server on your PC.

Note:

  • intended for devices with IPv6/IPv4 public internet addresses.
  1. install email dæmon
   apt install mailutils
   
  1. test email dæmon. Port 25 is blocked by many home ISPs.
   echo "testing" | mail -s "test" my@email.address
   

Check /var/log/mail.log for Connection timed out errors that may indicate port 25 is blocked by your ISP. You might config for port 587 in that case. 3. create executable ~/checkIP.sh

   #!/bin/bash
   set -u
   emailaddr=$1

   CurIP=$(hostname -I | tr -d [:space:]) 

   OldIP=$(tr ' ' '\n' < ~/.current_ip) #space to \n for consistency

   if [[ ${CurIP} != ${OldIP} ]]; then
     echo -e "IP change detected\n $CurIP \n $OldIP"
     echo "New IP address: ${CurIP} (old address: ${OldIP} )" | mail -s "IP address change: $(hostname)" "$emailaddr"
     echo -e "${CurIP}" > ~/.current_ip
   fi
   

be sure it’s executable

   chmod +x ~/checkIP.sh
   
  1. Edit your cron schedule
   crontab -e
   

add at the top:

   SHELL=/bin/bash PATH=/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin
   

add at the bottom:

   @reboot ~/checkIP.sh my@email.address
   @hourly ~/checkIP.sh my@email.address
   

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