Discontinuation of the GeoLite Legacy Databases

Free and open source code has been part of MaxMind’s technical and organizational foundation since our earliest days. As we continue to develop new products to better service our customers with a broader range of diverse and innovative offerings, we occasionally find it necessary to discontinue or phase out some of our products or services.

Accordingly, we have decided to discontinue the GeoLite Legacy databases on January 2, 2019. (Note that we will begin by discontinuing updates to the free GeoLite Legacy databases as of April 1, 2018. For info, see the “Important dates to consider” section.)

How does this affect me?

You will still be able to receive open source geolocation data from us, but you may need to take action depending on what database you are using.

GeoLite Legacy Users

If you are using the GeoLite Legacy databases, you will need to switch to the GeoLite2 databases and update your integrations to use the GeoLite2 databases before January 2, 2019 to ensure your continued access to geolocation data.

Another option is to switch to the paid GeoIP Legacy equivalent of the database you are using. In that way, you would be able to continue to use your existing integrations. (Please note that since the GeoIP Legacy databases have been superseded by newer versions, the GeoIP Legacy databases may also be discontinued at some point in the future.)

GeoLite2 Developer’s Package Customers

If you use the GeoLite2 Developer’s Package and are already using the GeoLite2 databases, you will not be affected by the discontinuation of the GeoLite Legacy databases. Also, your commercial redistribution license will not be affected as long as you are using the GeoLite2 databases.

In addition, in 2019, we have decided to discontinue providing “latitude” and “longitude” with the GeoLite2 City database. Once discontinued, any integration using these keys will no longer return the approximate latitude and longitude of the most granular geolocation returned for the IP queried: postal code, city, subdivision or country. Please take action to update your integration as needed.

Please check back for updates.

Important dates to consider

To make sure you have plenty of time to transition away from the GeoLite Legacy databases, we will be phasing out the databases gradually leading up to January 2, 2019. Here are some important dates and milestones of which you should be aware:

  • April 1, 2018We will cease updating the GeoLite Legacy downloadable databases found here. We will also disable free downloads of GeoLite Legacy databases from the geoipupdate program.
  • June 1, 2018 – We will limit daily downloads of the GeoLite Legacy databases.
  • January 2, 2019 – We will remove the databases from the GeoLite Legacy download page and cease updating GeoLite Legacy databases available in the account portal. Additionally, the GeoLite Legacy databases will no longer be available to redistribution license customers.

For additional information about these changes, please visit our Support Center page.

Commitment to the principles of open source

Open source is about more than just code; it’s about community and process. Participating in open source projects and communities comes with its own unique set of challenges. We view open source as an important component of our services and will continue to offer free, open source data through our GeoLite2 free downloadable databases.

The difficult business decision to discontinue the GeoLite Legacy databases came about after careful analysis and thought. These types of decisions are never easy and we will continue to focus on delivering high-value experiences that benefit the majority of our users while ensuring that we can continue to offer collaborative, connected, and intelligent offerings.

We would like to thank every GeoLite Legacy database user who trusted and relied on us all these years. Your support has been tremendously important to us and sincerely appreciated.

Founded in 2002, MaxMind is an industry-leading provider of IP intelligence and online fraud detection tools. We provide IP intelligence through our GeoIP brand. Over 5,000 companies use GeoIP data to locate their internet visitors and show them relevant content and ads, enforce digital rights, and efficiently route internet traffic.  Our minFraud service helps businesses prevent fraudulent online transactions and reduce manual review. The minFraud service is used to screen more than 175 million e-commerce transactions and account registrations a month.