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I want to install the MaxMind GeoIP C library, so that I can use GeoIP as part of Django. I'm working on MacOS.

I've downloaded GeoIP-1.4.8.tar.gz from here and run:

make check
make install

without any problems. I've also downloaded GeoIP.dat.gz and GeoLiteCity.dat.gz, unzipped them and put them in a local directory.

Then I've set the following paths in my settings.py:

GEOIP_PATH = 'path_to_dat_files'
GEOIP_LIBRARY_PATH = 'path_to_c_files'

Now I'm trying to run python manage.py migrate (which has a reference to GeoIP in a project I'm using), but I'm still getting this error:

from django.contrib.gis.utils import GeoIP
ImportError: cannot import name GeoIP

Any ideas? Thanks.

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I just follow the same procedure and found nothing wrong

make check
make install

and put the geo unzip-ed database in django project's root dir, add the following to settings.py:


here is what I run and got:

% python manage.py shell
>>> from django.contrib.gis.utils import GeoIP
>>> g = GeoIP()
>>> g.country('google.com')
{'country_name': 'United States', 'country_code': 'US'}
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After compiling it should print the library path:

Libraries have been installed in: /usr/local/lib

Set the path to the dylib file:

GEOIP_LIBRARY_PATH = '/usr/local/lib/libGeoIP.dylib'
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