Error downloading geoip database – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to download the GeoIP database, which is used for IP address geolocation. This could be due to network issues, incorrect configuration, or access restrictions. To resolve this, ensure your server has a stable internet connection and can access the GeoIP database URL. Check your Elasticsearch configuration for any errors related to the GeoIP plugin. If there are access restrictions, you may need to adjust your firewall or proxy settings. Also, ensure you have the necessary permissions to download and install the database.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” error downloading geoip database [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “error downloading geoip database [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

      "successfully downloaded geoip database [{}]"; name);
                deleteOldChunks(name; firstChunk);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            stats = stats.failedDownload();
            logger.error((Supplier>) () -> new ParameterizedMessage("error downloading geoip database [{}]"; name); e);

    // visible for testing
    void deleteOldChunks(String name; int firstChunk) {


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