What is the best IP Geolocation API?

jonathankosgei profile image Jonathan Kosgei Updated on ・1 min read

We just published this detailed comparison of the most popular commercial IP Geolocation APIs.

We looked at factors such as;

  1. Data quality — the accuracy of their geolocation data
  2. Data variety — threat intelligence data, proxy detection, carrier detection, tor detection
  3. API latency — we used a third party monitoring tool to monitor each API for 24 hrs. We sent a request every 30 seconds from 8 locations globally. Los Angeles - US, Miami - US, Montreal - Canada, Gravelines - France, Frankfurt - Germany, Singapore, Tokyo - Japan, Sydney - Australia.
  4. Global endpoints — whether the API has more than one endpoint in different locations for redundancy and high scalability.
  5. Cost — cost per million calls
  6. Libraries
  7. HTTPs support
  8. Rate limits
  9. Infrastructure/High Availability — we use dig to show if a provider is terminating on a single server with an A record
  10. Simplicity of Documentation

To measure API latency we setup status pages on updown.io for each API and monitored it for 24hrs. Updown sent a request every 30 seconds from 8 locations globally.

Feel free to reach out with feedback on your experiences using any of these services.


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I am using the IP geolocation API from ipwhois.io