GeoIP Release Notes

April 18, 2019
In order to ensure your data is as safe and secure as possible, we will be retiring support for TLS v1.0 and 1.1, unencrypted HTTP requests to our legacy minFraud services, and our legacy minFraud SOAP API in the coming months. Please see our blog for more info.
April 8, 2019
To enhance the security of your MaxMind account, Chrome users can enable two-factor authentication (2FA). You can now add and require a (FIDO U2F) security key on top of your account credentials for a more secure log-in. See our support center user guide for information on how to set up 2FA.
January 24, 2019

We completed our most recent review and update of Geolocation for Crimea. Our accuracy has increased as follows:
Approximately 93% of website visitors who are from Crimea are currently located by GeoIP as being in Crimea. Approximately 99% of the visitors who are located in Crimea by GeoIP are actually in Crimea.

We currently locate Crimea in Ukraine, as we use GeoNames data and they locate Crimea in Ukraine. If GeoNames locates Crimea in Russia in the future, we will follow their change and post an announcement here as well as on https://twitter.com/maxmind.

In legacy GeoIP, we return a FIPS region code of 11 or 20. In GeoIP2, we return a iso code of 40 or 43 in the subdivision object.

Due to the nature of geolocation technology and other factors beyond our control, we cannot guarantee any specific future accuracy level. Further, accuracy figures are subject to change as IP networks are reallocated.

January 14, 2019

We’ve released a new major version of GeoIP Update. This release adds support for Windows and has a new code base. You can find it on GitHub. We’ve written an upgrade guide if you’re running an older version.

January 14, 2019

In order to address new legal requirements, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we will be limiting availability of archived GeoIP databases to 30 days. This change will be effective March 18, 2019 and applies to all GeoIP2, GeoIP, and GeoLite2 databases. You may need to change your processes or applications to download more recent databases once this change occurs.

January 4, 2019

On Monday, January 7, 2019 at approximately 15:00 UTC (10:00am EST), we will be switching to static server IP addresses for traffic to our website and to downloads.maxmind.com (used for GeoIP database downloads). The IP for the hostname used by our web services or geoipupdate tool won’t change immediately, but if you whitelist IPs for any of our services we encourage you to add the new IP addresses to your whitelist. The static IP addresses will be a subset of what we list on https://dev.maxmind.com/maxmind-server-ip-addresses/. We will update the list of IP addresses on that page following the change. Please sign up for the email list on that page if you want a notification when our server IP addresses change.

January 3, 2019

On January 2, 2019, we discontinued our GeoLite Legacy databases. This discontinuation was first announced on January 2, 2018.

GeoLite Legacy databases are no longer available for download. Attempting to download a GeoLite Legacy database file will result in the error: “Database edition not found”.

Free geolocation data is still available through our GeoLite2 databases. See our support center for more information.

September 21, 2018
On Monday, October 1st, we will be changing a large amount of our U.S. coordinate (latitude & longitude) data* to use GeoNames coordinates for postal codes. This change will ensure greater consistency during our build processes. Around 95% of US coordinates will change with most moving about 1 mile. About 5 to 10% of US coordinates will move by more than 10 miles.

* Coordinate data is approximate and is not precise. It should not be used to identify a particular street address or household as it refers to a larger geographical area instead of a precise location.
August 14, 2018

Effective August 21st, we will be mapping IP addresses to Districts (Gu) of Seoul instead of Seoul. This will allow customers to have a more precise mapping, similar to how we map IPs to New York City and London boroughs, and Tokyo’s special wards. We will continue to map some IPs to Seoul if we are unable to determine the specific district the IP is located in. We will also continue to map IPs located in the central Jung District to Seoul, similar to how we map IPs in Manhattan to New York and IPs in Chūō to Tokyo.

July 17, 2018

Effective July 24th, we will be mapping more IP addresses to special wards of Tokyo instead of Tokyo itself. This will allow customers to have a more precise mapping, similar to how we map IPs to New York City and London boroughs. We will continue to map some IPs to Tokyo if we are unable to determine the specific special ward the IP is located in.

July 3, 2018
Effective July 10th, we will update the ISP and Organization data to replace the Time Warner Cable name with the name Spectrum, as these two ISPs have merged and Time Warner Cable has been rebranded as Spectrum.
April 18, 2018
We have decided to discontinue the GeoLite Legacy databases on January 2, 2019. As part of that process, updated versions of the GeoLite Legacy databases are now only available to redistribution license customers, although anyone can continue to download the March 2018 GeoLite Legacy builds. Starting January 2, 2019, the last build will be removed from our website. GeoLite Legacy database users will need to switch to the GeoLite2 or commercial GeoIP databases and update their integrations by January 2, 2019.

Correspondingly, we have decided against removing latitude and longitude coordinates from the GeoLite2 databases. We are in the process of reviewing coordinates used in all of our GeoLite2 and GeoIP databases to ensure there is no risk of misuse.
November 6, 2017
There was an issue with the GeoIP-133_20171107.tar.gz download resulting in invalid data. We have released an updated, corrected GeoIP-133_20171107.tar.gz file.
November 2, 2017

GeoIP2 Precision Insights now includes anonymizer-type outputs. These outputs are:

  • /traits/is_anonymous – whether the IP address belongs to any sort of anonymous network.
  • /traits/is_anonymous_vpn – whether the IP address belongs to an anonymous VPN system.
  • /traits/is_hosting_provider – whether the IP address belongs to a hosting provider.
  • /traits/is_public_proxy – whether the IP address belongs to a public proxy.
  • /traits/is_tor_exit_node – whether the IP address is a Tor exit node.

Please see our GeoIP2 Precision Web Services documentation for more information.

October 31, 2017
We have discontinued the legacy GeoIP JavaScript services, which used the endpoints http://js.maxmind.com/js/country.js and http://js.maxmind.com/js/geoip.js.

If you still have not upgraded your integration to use the GeoIP2 JavaScript Client API or are encountering problems with your legacy GeoIP JavaScript services, you can find more information about what to do by clicking here.