Updating geoip databases – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.13-7.17

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is trying to update the GeoIP databases, which are used for IP geolocation. This could be due to network issues, incorrect configuration, or lack of permissions. To resolve this, you can check your network connection, ensure that the GeoIP database configuration in Elasticsearch is correct, and verify that Elasticsearch has the necessary permissions to update the database. Additionally, you may need to manually update the GeoIP databases if automatic updates are failing.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” updating geoip databases ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “updating geoip databases” classname is GeoIpDownloader.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            if (blockException != null) {
                throw blockException;

        logger.info("updating geoip databases");
        List> response = fetchDatabasesOverview();
        for (Map res : response) {
            if (res.get("name").toString().endsWith(".tgz")) {