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GeoIp data as an app to facilitate installing. Also features template filters, utility functions and a management command for updating the GeoIP data.

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pip install django-geoip-utils

In your settings write:

import geoip_utils
GEOIP_PATH = geoip_utils.where()

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The function used for getting the IP of the client from the request.


  • 'geoip_utils.utils.remote_addr_ip'

    Uses the REMOTE_ADDR of the request. Good for development and standard setup

  • 'geoip_utils.utils.x_forwarded_ip'

    Picks the first IP of the HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR request header. This is useful for Load balancers, but could be spoofed in some cases. Amazon ELB sets this reliably though.

  • 'geoip_utils.utils.real_ip'

    Uses the HTTP_X_REAL_IP attribute




The caching function used for retrieving the location.


  • django.contrib.gis.geoip.GeoIP.GEOIP_STANDARD

    Read database from filesystem, uses least memory

  • django.contrib.gis.geoip.GeoIP.GEOIP_MEMORY_CACHE

    Load database into memory, faster performance but uses more memory

  • django.contrib.gis.geoip.GeoIP.GEOIP_CHECK_CACHE

    check for updated database. If database has been updated, reload filehandle and/or memory cache. This option is not thread safe but is good for development.

  • django.contrib.gis.geoip.GeoIP.GEOIP_INDEX_CACHE

    Just cache the most frequently accessed index portion of the database, resulting in faster lookups than GEOIP_STANDARD, but less memory usage than GEOIP_MEMORY_CACHE - useful for larger databases such as GeoIP Organization and GeoIP City. Note, for GeoIP Country, Region and Netspeed databases, GEOIP_INDEX_CACHE is equivalent to GEOIP_MEMORY_CACHE.

  • django.contrib.gis.geoip.GeoIP.GEOIP_MMAP_CACHE

    Loads database into mmap shared memory (not available on Windows).


There are a few server utility functions to make the handling easier:

from geoip_utils import core as geoip






Template filters

There are filters for extracting the information you need in the templates. You need to have django.core.context_processors.request enabled in your TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS:

{% load geoip_tags %}

{{ request|country_code_of_request }}
{{ request|city_name_of_request }}
{{ request|postal_code_of_request }}
{{ request|region_of_request }}
{{ request|dma_code_of_request }}
{{ request|area_code_of_request }}
{{ request|lat_of_request }}
{{ request|lon_of_request }}

Management command

You can run the update_geoip_data management command to download updated GeoIP data in place.

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