Shell Script To Update MaxMind GeoIP Database

First, you need to install MaxMind C Api including geoipupdate utility.

Second, configure /usr/local/etc/GeoIP.conf file with your LicenseKey, UserId and ProductIds. A sample config file:

UserId 424242
LicenseKey zLzIYFYENTZOyAyNdSdWbEoR42
ProductIds 106

Put the following script at – /etc/cron.monthly/ (cron job)

# Shell Script to Update GeoIP Country database in each WebServer Jail defined by $TDIRS
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Copyright (c) 2007 Vivek Gite <>
# This script is licensed under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
# Visit for more information.
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# ------------------
# TRUE = Update in Jail
# FALSE = Update only at $GEODB
# ------------------
# DIR:user:group format, only used if CHROOTED == TRUE
TDIRS="/webroot/apache/usr/local/geoip|www:www /webroot/nginx/usr/local/geoip|nginx:nginx"
# Update if chrooted Apache jail...
if [ "$CHROOTED" == "TRUE" ]
 for i in $TDIRS
	d=$(echo "$i" | cut -d'|' -f1)
	p=$(echo "$i" | cut -d'|' -f2)
	$CP -f $GEODB $d
	$CHOWN $p $d/$(basename $GEODB)	
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4 comments… add one
  • Mould Maker Apr 27, 2011 @ 2:27

    So, how to get the License Key & Product Id ?

  • Juan Giordana Feb 19, 2010 @ 16:01

    There’s a typo on the first nginx (nginix).

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