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jQuery Geocoding and Places Autocomplete Plugin

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$.geocomplete() - Version 1.7.0

jQuery Geocoding and Places Autocomplete Plugin

An advanced jQuery plugin that wraps the Google Maps API's Geocoding and Places Autocomplete services. You simply provide an input that lets you search for locations with a nice autocomplete dropdown. Optionally add a container to show an interactive map and a form that will be populated with the address details.

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Basic Usage

To convert an input into an autocomplete field, simply call the Geocomplete plugin:

$("input").geocomplete();  // Option 1: Call on element.
$.fn.geocomplete("input"); // Option 2: Pass element as argument.

If you use the plugin without showing a map you must display the "powered by Google" logo under the text field.


Here is a list of basic uses:


Make sure you include the Google Maps API with the Places Library before loading this plugin as described here.

<script src=""></script>
<script src="jquery.geocomplete.js"></script>

Trigger Request

To trigger a geocoding request from outside (eg. when hitting the "find" button), simply trigger the "geocode" event on the element.


// Trigger geocoding request.

Adding a Map Preview

To link the geocode results with an interactive map, you can pass map as an option to the plugin.

  map: "#my_map"

The map option might be a selector, a jQuery object or a DOM element.

Populate Form Data

You can pass details as an option to specify a container that will be populated when a geocoding request was successful.

By default the plugin analyses the name attribute of the containers child nodes and replaces the content. You can override the detailsAttribute to use another attribute such as data-geo.

If the element is an input, the value will be replaced otherwise the plugin overrides the current text.

Note: Some address components such as "country" return an additional short_name. You can access them by simply adding _short at the end of the type.

Simple Example:

  Latitude:   <input name="lat" type="text" value="">
  Longitude:  <input name="lng" type="text" value="">
  Address:    <input name="formatted_address" type="text" value="">
$("input").geocomplete({ details: "form" });

Advanced Example:

<div class="details">
  Latitude:     <span data-geo="lat" />
  Longitude:    <span data-geo="lng" />
  Address:      <span data-geo="formatted_address" />
  Country Code: <span data-geo="country_short" />
  details: ".details",
  detailsAttribute: "data-geo"

List of Options

The following options might be passed to the plugin call. If you omit them, they fall back to the default.


  map: "#my_map",
  mapOptions: {
    zoom: 10
  markerOptions: {
    draggable: true
  details: "#my_form"


You can subscribe to events of the geocode plugin by using the default jQuery syntax:

  .bind("geocode:result", function(event, result){

The following events are supported:

Methods and Properties

You can access all properties and methods of the plugin from outside. Simply add a string as the first argument to the .geocomplete method after you initialized the plugin.


// Initialize the plugin.
$("input").geocomplete({ map: ".map_canvas" });

// Call the find method with the parameter "NYC".
$("input").geocomplete("find", "NYC");

// Get the map and set a new zoom level.
var map = $("input").geocomplete("map");

Address and Places Component Types

The following types are supported by the geocoder and will be passed to the provided form or container:

street_address, route, intersection, political, country, administrative_area_level_1, administrative_area_level_2, administrative_area_level_3, colloquial_area, locality, sublocality, neighborhood, premise, subpremise, postal_code, natural_feature, airport, park, point_of_interest, post_box, street_number, floor, room, lat, lng, viewport, location, formatted_address, location_type, bounds

For more information about address components visit

Additionally the following details are passed when the Places API was requested:

id, url, website, vicinity, reference, rating, international_phone_number, icon, formatted_phone_number

More information can be found here:


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