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I'm writing a chat program for a local network. I would like to be able to identify computers and get the user-set computer name with Python.

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  • The best way to get hostname of the computer is by using socket and its gethostname() functionality.

  • Socket:-

  • The Socket module provides access to the socket interface. It is available on all modern Unix systems, Windows, MacOS, and probably additional platforms.

  • The gethostname() function returns a socket object whose methods implement the various socket system calls. Parameter types are somewhat higher-level than in the C interface: as with read()and write() operations on Python files, buffer allocation on receive operations is automatic, and buffer length is implicit on send operations.

  • socket.gethostname():-

  • This function returns a string containing the hostname of the machine where the Python interpreter is currently executing.

import socket 


  • Another thing you can do is use a platform module.

import platform


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