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MaxMind GeoLite v1 databases discontinued - install GeoLite2

I noticed recently that a few web sites are miscategorising my ISP's static IP as being in the wrong country. I knew it was a recent reallocation of a new block and suspected the web sites were using a stale version of a GeoIP database - probably MaxMind's GeoLite v1 offering.

If you see stuff like this while surfing the web, your IP is probably in the same boat:

Wrong...
Also wrong...
VERY wrong Formula E...!

As I also run a few servers which themselves use the GeoIP tool (with geoipupdate) I wondered about how to update to the latest version. Sure enough, with the old v2 of geoipupdate I was using, the databases were definitely not available (and HTTP error codes were being returned when I tried to run an update).

When I started Googling in more detail, I discovered MaxMind has fully discontinued and removed the GeoLite databases. Yowzer.

But no matter! GeoLite2 is now available from the MaxMind Developers site - you can download the installer to suit your platform from the GeoIP Update page. On most of my servers, I only had to --force install the RPM, as yum was requesting to also uninstall ProFTPd (?!), which I wasn't impressed by. On a couple of CentOS 7 servers, it complained about file conflicts:

a yum uninstall of the existing package it threatened to uninstall dhclient and some bind libraries, equally unimpressive. So let's not disturb the peace...

On one server, I noted problems updating due to file conflicts:

user@server: /home/user# rpm -i --replacepkgs geoipupdate_4.0.3_linux_amd64.rpm
        file /etc/GeoIP.conf from install of geoipupdate-4.0.3-1.x86_64 conflicts with file from package GeoIP-1.5.0-13.el7.x86_64
        file /usr/bin/geoipupdate from install of geoipupdate-4.0.3-1.x86_64 conflicts with file from package GeoIP-1.5.0-13.el7.x86_64

In this case, rpm -Uvh --replacefiles geoipupdate_4.0.3_linux_amd64.rpm worked flawlessly to replace (effectively update) the package files with the new installer's contents.

geoipupdate -v
Using config file /etc/GeoIP.conf
Using database directory /usr/share/GeoIP
Acquired lock file lock (/usr/share/GeoIP/.geoipupdate.lock)
Performing get filename request to https://updates.maxmind.com/app/update_getfilename?product_id=GeoLite2-Country
Not calculating MD5 sum as file does not exist: /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoLite2-Country.mmdb
Performing update request to https://updates.maxmind.com/geoip/databases/GeoLite2-Country/update?db_md5=00000000000000000000000000000000
Updated /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoLite2-Country.mmdb
Performing get filename request to https://updates.maxmind.com/app/update_getfilename?product_id=GeoLite2-City
Not calculating MD5 sum as file does not exist: /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoLite2-City.mmdb
Performing update request to https://updates.maxmind.com/geoip/databases/GeoLite2-City/update?db_md5=00000000000000000000000000000000
Updated /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoLite2-City.mmdb

Always worth backing up the old binary and config just in case, but for me it was unnecessary. Verify the install afterwards with geoipupdate -V, then run it with geoipupdate -v and all should come good.

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