Small geolocation web app
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Overview

Through is a small geolocation web API. You can use it to:

  • Look up the location of an IP address
  • Find out the time zone for a location
  • Get responses in JSON
  • Centralise your geographical data so each of your apps don’t need to store it

I didn’t want to reproduce the same functionality across my web apps, so I thought an API would be a good solution.

Installation

  1. Install libgeoip (sudo port install libgeoip)
  2. Install the ruby binding (sudo gem install geoip_city)
  3. Get the data: (curl -O http://www.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/GeoLiteCity.dat.gz)
  4. Get some time zone mapping data (curl http://www.maxmind.com/timezone.txt > data/timezone.txt)