Telize is a JSON IP and GeoIP REST API (IP Geolocation) built on Nginx and Lua
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Telize is a REST API built on Nginx and Lua allowing to get a visitor IP address and to query location information from any IP address. It outputs JSON-encoded IP geolocation data, and supports both JSON and JSONP.

Geolocation operations are performed using Nginx GeoIP2 module which caches the database in RAM. Therefore, Telize has very minimal overhead and should be blazing fast.


Nginx modules

Telize requires Nginx 1.7.4+ compiled with the following modules:

For optimal performance, please make sure the HttpLuaModule is built against LuaJIT:

ldd $(which nginx) | grep lua

Lua modules

Telize requires the following Lua module:

  • Lua CJSON

Installing via LuaRocks:

luarocks install lua-cjson

Alternatively, this module can be installed directly via the operating system's package manager.

GeoIP2 databases

Telize requires the free GeoLite2 databases from MaxMind.

mkdir -p /var/db/GeoIP
cd /var/db/GeoIP
tar xfz GeoLite2-City.tar.gz
tar xfz GeoLite2-ASN.tar.gz
mv */*mmdb .


Copy both country-code3.conf and timezone-offset.conf in the Nginx configuration files directory.

Edit nginx.conf to include those configuration files and to add directives specifying the path to the GeoIP2 database files, within the http block.

http {

	include /etc/nginx/country-code3.conf;
	include /etc/nginx/timezone-offset.conf;

	geoip2 /var/db/GeoIP/GeoLite2-City.mmdb {
		$geoip2_continent_code continent code;
		$geoip2_country country names en;
		$geoip2_country_code country iso_code;
		$geoip2_region subdivisions 0 names en;
		$geoip2_region_code subdivisions 0 iso_code;
		$geoip2_city city names en;
		$geoip2_postal_code postal code;
		$geoip2_latitude location latitude;
		$geoip2_longitude location longitude;
		$geoip2_timezone location time_zone;

	geoip2 /var/db/GeoIP/GeoLite2-ASN.mmdb {
		$geoip2_asn autonomous_system_number;
		$geoip2_organization autonomous_system_organization;

Then deploy the API configuration file telize.conf to the appropriate location on your system, and reload Nginx configuration. If Telize is deployed behind a load balancer, read the next section.

Depending on existing configuration, default values of map_hash_max_size and map_hash_bucket_size variables might be too low and Nginx will refuse to start.

If this happens, please add the following directives in the http block:

map_hash_max_size 8192;
map_hash_bucket_size 64;

On busy instances, the maximum number of open files limit must be increased using the worker_rlimit_nofile directive in order to avoid running out of available file descriptors.

Access and Error logs

The default Telize configuration does not have logging enabled, it must be configured manually.

If your Telize instance produces lots of logs, this might be of interest: Log rotation directly within Nginx configuration file.

Telize and Load Balancers

When using Telize behind a load balancer, uncomment the following directives in the server block and set the load balancer IP range accordingly:

# set_real_ip_from; # Put your load balancer IP range here
# real_ip_header X-Forwarded-For;

In the /location endpoint, replace this directive:

proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $ip;

By the following directive:

proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $ip;

CORS Support (Cross-origin resource sharing)

Telize has CORS enabled by default since version 1.02. The following variables define CORS behavior, within the telize.conf configuration file.

set $cors "true";
set $cors_origin "*";


For complete API documentation and usage examples, please check the project site.

Get IP address in Plain text format

Get IP address in JSON format

Get IP address location in JSON format

Calling the API endpoint without any parameter will return the visitor IP address:

Appending an IP address as parameter will return location information for the given address:


Telize is released under the BSD 2-Clause license. See LICENSE file for details.


Telize is developed by Frederic Cambus.


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