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Getting Help with GeoLite2 Free Downloadable Databases

GeoLite2 City, Country, and ASN databases are in most ways similar to the GeoIP2 City, Country, and ISP databases respectively, with a few key differences.

  • The location information in the GeoLite2 databases is less accurate.
  • The GeoLite2 ASN database has fewer data points than the GeoIP2 ISP database.
  • We do not provide official support for GeoLite2.

Although MaxMind does not offer official support for GeoLite2 databases, the databases are in most cases a drag-and-drop replacement for GeoIP2 databases. This means that some of the documentation written for GeoIP2 databases, as described below, is directly applicable to GeoLite2 products. We also offer some GeoLite2 documentation on our developer site and an FAQ section on GeoLite2.

In addition to these resources provided by MaxMind, you can also consult stackoverflow’s GeoIP questions and answers.


Integration and Setup

GeoLite2 databases are available in a binary format or CSV format. You can compare the outputs available in the various GeoLite2 databases.

Binary (MaxMind DB file format):

Comma-separated values (CSV):


Accuracy

IP geolocation is inherently imprecise. Locations are often near the center of a population. Any location provided by a GeoIP database should not be used to identify a particular address or household.

Read our FAQ’s relating to coverage and accuracy:


Data Corrections

Please carefully read our corrections FAQ page to learn more about our corrections process. Note that we do not accept all corrections. When a data correction is accepted, we will send an automated email to confirm.

You may submit corrections requests by submitting this form.


Data Privacy

To comply with data privacy regulations, please monitor our Do Not Sell My Personal Information Requests page [login required] for IP addresses and networks that should not be used for advertising or marketing purposes. You may also access this list in an automated way with our Privacy Exclusions API.

You must keep your databases up to date and destroy old versions of the databases within 30 days of the release of an updated version. More information about the terms and conditions of your use of GeoLite2 can be found in the GeoLite2 End User License Agreement.