Adding geoip2 to NGINX

Published on Sunday, 31 January, 2021

The following guide will help with setting up GeoIP2 database and logging locations of source IP addresses in NGINX access log. The guide is for debian, but should be simple to adopt for other distributions.

To start, we need some packages, the packages are available in bullseye repo:

# apt update
# apt install libnginx-mod-http-geoip2

We also need the GeoIP database. You can download one for free at maxmind website. You need to create an account and create API key. The files can be downloaded from their webpage, but if you have the API key you can use the following links:

Once you have those extract them and place the .mmdb files into /etc/nginx/geoip folder:

# ls /etc/nginx/geoip/
GeoLite2-City.mmdb  GeoLite2-Country.mmdb

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