IPv6 support for GeoLocation

Hi all,

We’re using “GeoIP (Apache)” to track visitor locations, but we noticed it wasn’t tracking IPv6 traffic. That’s a hefty part of our client base, so we wrote the following patch to correct it. I can’t find how to submit a patch to a plugin - would someone be able to point me in the right direction?



@@ -95,6 +95,8 @@
         foreach (self::$geoIpServerVars as $resultKey => $geoipVarName) {
             if (!empty($_SERVER[$geoipVarName])) {
                 $result[$resultKey] = $_SERVER[$geoipVarName];
+            }elseif (!empty($_SERVER[$geoipVarName.'_V6'])) {
+                $result[$resultKey] = $_SERVER[$geoipVarName.'_V6'];
         foreach (self::$geoIpUtfServerVars as $resultKey => $geoipVarName) {
@@ -150,7 +152,8 @@
         $available = !empty($_SERVER[self::TEST_SERVER_VAR])
-            || !empty($_SERVER[self::TEST_SERVER_VAR_ALT]);
+            || !empty($_SERVER[self::TEST_SERVER_VAR_ALT])
+            || !empty($_SERVER[self::TEST_SERVER_VAR_ALT.'+_V6']);
         if ($available) {
             return true;
@@ -180,6 +183,7 @@
         if (empty($_SERVER[self::TEST_SERVER_VAR])
             && empty($_SERVER[self::TEST_SERVER_VAR_ALT])
+            && empty($_SERVER[self::TEST_SERVER_VAR_ALT.'_V6'])
         ) {
             return Piwik::translate("UserCountry_CannotFindGeoIPServerVar", self::TEST_SERVER_VAR . ' $_SERVER');

IPv4 tracking depends on:


And IPv6 depends on:

The code above in the latter two snippets, checks for existence of the corresponding V6 server variables.

In the first, if it has not found IPv4 information, it will instead append _V6 to the variable names, and store any of those in the result hash if they exist.

Thanks for the feedback! It would be nice to include this in Piwik.

Here is the ticket that discusses this: Geo location should detect country, region and city from IPv6 addresses · Issue #3581 · matomo-org/matomo · GitHub

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Thanks Matt, couldn’t find the right page at all. I’ll start up Git so!