How do I use country blocking and where do I get GeoIP.dat ?

This feature allows you to ban entire IP ranges of addresses that belong to a certain country. The feature can be accessed here: Components > RSFirewall! > Firewall Configuration > Country Blocking. In order to use the Country blocking feature you will first need to download a specialized IP - country database, available from

This download is restricted by a license key you will need to generate on the site. You can easily generate a license key by following these steps:

  • Create an account for by signing up.

  • An email will be sent to your registered email address.

  • Follow the email instructions to firstly setup a password for your account (the email may take a while to send).

  • After this is done you will need to generate a license key for downloading the GeoLite2-Country database (when asked "Will this key be used for GeoIP Update?" you can simply select "No"). This is done from your account > Manage License Keys section.

  • After generating the license key (you may need to wait a few minutes until your key is usable) then you just need to copy this in the RSFirewall! configuration and save your current settings.

  • Lastly you just need to click the Download GeoLite2-Country.mmdb and you are done.

Tip: The database is updated every month. It is recommended to re-download the file periodically.

Manual download: from your Maxmind account, access Download Files > GeoLite2 Country > Download GZIP - which would be further uploaded via RSFirewall!.


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