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Block countries from accessing my website

Hello. Can you help me block specific countries from accessing my website.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Chris Anthony


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Hello there,

You can use CSF in order to block a country, you can use the CC_DENY option which accepts two-letter country codes such as US, GB and etc.

In order to list more than one country you just need to separate them using commas:

CC_DENY = "AB,CD,EF"

You may find a list of ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2

If you’re not familiar with CSF or you want to install it on CentOS or Ubuntu droplet check out this mini tutorial:

For CentOS:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/how-to-install-and-configure-config-server-firewall-csf-on-centos

For Ubuntu:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-configure-config-server-firewall-csf-on-ubuntu

Hope that this helps!

I recommend you setting up your website with Cloudflare, I believe that they have a feature that allows you to block certain countries from accessing your website.

How detailed do you want the list. If you want to do mass blocking you could use https://www.iana.org/assignments/ipv4-address-space/ipv4-address-space.xml

For instance if you want to block all APNIC (Asia Pacific ips) firewall off all the APNIC /8 entries.

http://www.ip2location.com/free/visitor-blocker lets you do it by country but that take a lot of time to compile a list unless you are targeting only a couple countries.

Of course they could always use a proxy to bypass this.