Place Autocomplete

The Place Autocomplete service is a web service that returns place predictions in response to an HTTP request. The request specifies a textual search string and optional geographic bounds. The service can be used to provide autocomplete functionality for text-based geographic searches, by returning places such as businesses, addresses and points of interest as a user types.

Place Autocomplete requests

The Place Autocomplete service is part of the Places API and shares an API key and quotas with the Places API.

The Place Autocomplete service can match on full words and substrings, resolving place names, addresses, and plus codes. Applications can therefore send queries as the user types, to provide on-the-fly place predictions.

The returned predictions are designed to be presented to the user to aid them in selecting the desired place. You can send a Place Details request for more information about any of the places which are returned.

A Place Autocomplete request is an HTTP URL of the following form:

https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/output?parameters

where output may be either of the following values:

  • json (recommended) indicates output in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
  • xml indicates output as XML

Certain parameters are required to initiate a Place Autocomplete request. As is standard in URLs, all parameters are separated using the ampersand (&) character. The list of parameters and their possible values are enumerated below.

Required parameters

  • input

    The text string on which to search. The Place Autocomplete service will return candidate matches based on this string and order results based on their perceived relevance.

Optional parameters

  • components

    A grouping of places to which you would like to restrict your results. Currently, you can use components to filter by up to 5 countries. Countries must be passed as a two character, ISO 3166-1 Alpha-2 compatible country code. For example: components=country:fr would restrict your results to places within France. Multiple countries must be passed as multiple country:XX filters, with the pipe character | as a separator. For example: components=country:us|country:pr|country:vi|country:gu|country:mp would restrict your results to places within the United States and its unincorporated organized territories.

    Note: If you receive unexpected results with a country code, verify that you are using a code which includes the countries, dependent territories, and special areas of geographical interest you intend. You can find code information at Wikipedia: List of ISO 3166 country codes or the ISO Online Browsing Platform.
  • language

    The language in which to return results.

    • See the list of supported languages. Google often updates the supported languages, so this list may not be exhaustive.
    • If language is not supplied, the API attempts to use the preferred language as specified in the Accept-Language header.
    • The API does its best to provide a street address that is readable for both the user and locals. To achieve that goal, it returns street addresses in the local language, transliterated to a script readable by the user if necessary, observing the preferred language. All other addresses are returned in the preferred language. Address components are all returned in the same language, which is chosen from the first component.
    • If a name is not available in the preferred language, the API uses the closest match.
    • The preferred language has a small influence on the set of results that the API chooses to return, and the order in which they are returned. The geocoder interprets abbreviations differently depending on language, such as the abbreviations for street types, or synonyms that may be valid in one language but not in another. For example, utca and tér are synonyms for street in Hungarian.
  • location

    The point around which to retrieve place information. This must be specified as latitude,longitude.

    When using the Text Search API, the `location` parameter may be overriden if the `query` contains an explicit location such as `Market in Barcelona`.
  • offset

    The position, in the input term, of the last character that the service uses to match predictions. For example, if the input is Google and the offset is 3, the service will match on Goo. The string determined by the offset is matched against the first word in the input term only. For example, if the input term is Google abc and the offset is 3, the service will attempt to match against Goo abc. If no offset is supplied, the service will use the whole term. The offset should generally be set to the position of the text caret.

  • origin

    The origin point from which to calculate straight-line distance to the destination (returned as distance_meters). If this value is omitted, straight-line distance will not be returned. Must be specified as latitude,longitude.

  • radius

    Defines the distance (in meters) within which to return place results. You may bias results to a specified circle by passing a location and a radius parameter. Doing so instructs the Places service to prefer showing results within that circle; results outside of the defined area may still be displayed.

    The radius will automatically be clamped to a maximum value depending on the type of search and other parameters.

    • Autocomplete: 50,000 meters
    • Nearby Search:
      • with keyword or name: 50,000 meters
      • without keyword or name
        • rankby=prominence (default): 50,000 meters
        • rankby=distance: A few kilometers depending on density of area. radius will not be accepted, and will result in an INVALID_REQUEST.
    • Query Autocomplete: 50,000 meters
    • Text Search: 50,000 meters
  • sessiontoken

    A random string which identifies an autocomplete session for billing purposes.

    The session begins when the user starts typing a query, and concludes when they select a place and a call to Place Details is made. Each session can have multiple queries, followed by one place selection. The API key(s) used for each request within a session must belong to the same Google Cloud Console project. Once a session has concluded, the token is no longer valid; your app must generate a fresh token for each session. If the sessiontoken parameter is omitted, or if you reuse a session token, the session is charged as if no session token was provided (each request is billed separately).

    We recommend the following guidelines:

    • Use session tokens for all autocomplete sessions.
    • Generate a fresh token for each session. Using a version 4 UUID is recommended.
    • Ensure that the API key(s) used for all Place Autocomplete and Place Details requests within a session belong to the same Cloud Console project.
    • Be sure to pass a unique session token for each new session. Using the same token for more than one session will result in each request being billed individually.
  • strictbounds

    Returns only those places that are strictly within the region defined by location and radius. This is a restriction, rather than a bias, meaning that results outside this region will not be returned even if they match the user input.

  • types

    You may restrict results from a Place Autocomplete request to be of a certain type by passing a types parameter. The parameter specifies a type or a type collection, as listed in the supported types below. If nothing is specified, all types are returned. In general only a single type is allowed. The exception is that you can safely mix the geocode and establishment types, but note that this will have the same effect as specifying no types. The supported types are:

    • geocode instructs the Place Autocomplete service to return only geocoding results, rather than business results. Generally, you use this request to disambiguate results where the location specified may be indeterminate.
    • address instructs the Place Autocomplete service to return only geocoding results with a precise address. Generally, you use this request when you know the user will be looking for a fully specified address.
    • establishment instructs the Place Autocomplete service to return only business results.
    • (regions) type collection instructs the Places service to return any result matching the following types:
      • locality
      • sublocality
      • postal_code
      • country
      • administrative_area_level_1
      • administrative_area_level_2
    • (cities) type collection instructs the Places service to return results that match locality or administrative_area_level_3.

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Place Autocomplete examples

A request for establishments containing the string "Amoeba" within an area centered in San Francisco, CA:

URL

https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json
  ?input=amoeba
  &location=37.76999%2C-122.44696
  &radius=500
  &types=establishment
  &key=YOUR_API_KEY

cURL

curl -L -X GET 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&key=YOUR_API_KEY'

JavaScript

var axios = require('axios');

var config = {
  method: 'get',
  url: 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&key=YOUR_API_KEY',
  headers: { }
};

axios(config)
.then(function (response) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));
})
.catch(function (error) {
  console.log(error);
});

Python

import requests

url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&key=YOUR_API_KEY"

payload={}
headers = {}

response = requests.request("GET", url, headers=headers, data=payload)

print(response.text)

Java

OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient().newBuilder()
  .build();
Request request = new Request.Builder()
  .url("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&key=YOUR_API_KEY")
  .method("GET", null)
  .build();
Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();

Ruby

require "uri"
require "net/http"

url = URI("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&key=YOUR_API_KEY")

https = Net::HTTP.new(url.host, url.port)
https.use_ssl = true

request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(url)

response = https.request(request)
puts response.read_body

Go

package main

import (
  "fmt"
  "net/http"
  "io/ioutil"
)

func main() {

  url := "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999,-122.44696&radius=500&key=YOUR_API_KEY"
  method := "GET"

  client := &http.Client {
  }
  req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)

  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  res, err := client.Do(req)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  defer res.Body.Close()

  body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(res.Body)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  fmt.Println(string(body))
}

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The same request, restricted to results within 500 meters of Ashbury St & Haight St, San Francisco:

URL

https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json
  ?input=amoeba
  &location=37.76999%2C-122.44696
  &radius=500
  &strictbounds=true
  &types=establishment
  &key=YOUR_API_KEY

cURL

curl -L -X GET 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&strictbounds=true&key=YOUR_API_KEY'

JavaScript

var axios = require('axios');

var config = {
  method: 'get',
  url: 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&strictbounds=true&key=YOUR_API_KEY',
  headers: { }
};

axios(config)
.then(function (response) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));
})
.catch(function (error) {
  console.log(error);
});

Python

import requests

url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&strictbounds=true&key=YOUR_API_KEY"

payload={}
headers = {}

response = requests.request("GET", url, headers=headers, data=payload)

print(response.text)

Java

OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient().newBuilder()
  .build();
Request request = new Request.Builder()
  .url("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&strictbounds=true&key=YOUR_API_KEY")
  .method("GET", null)
  .build();
Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();

Ruby

require "uri"
require "net/http"

url = URI("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999%2C-122.44696&radius=500&strictbounds=true&key=YOUR_API_KEY")

https = Net::HTTP.new(url.host, url.port)
https.use_ssl = true

request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(url)

response = https.request(request)
puts response.read_body

Go

package main

import (
  "fmt"
  "net/http"
  "io/ioutil"
)

func main() {

  url := "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=amoeba&types=establishment&location=37.76999,-122.44696&radius=500&strictbounds=true&key=YOUR_API_KEY"
  method := "GET"

  client := &http.Client {
  }
  req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)

  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  res, err := client.Do(req)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  defer res.Body.Close()

  body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(res.Body)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  fmt.Println(string(body))
}

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A request for addresses containing "Vict" with results in French:

URL

https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json
  ?input=Vict
  &language=fr
  &types=geocode
  &key=YOUR_API_KEY

cURL

curl -L -X GET 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=geocode&language=fr&key=YOUR_API_KEY'

JavaScript

var axios = require('axios');

var config = {
  method: 'get',
  url: 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=geocode&language=fr&key=YOUR_API_KEY',
  headers: { }
};

axios(config)
.then(function (response) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));
})
.catch(function (error) {
  console.log(error);
});

Python

import requests

url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=geocode&language=fr&key=YOUR_API_KEY"

payload={}
headers = {}

response = requests.request("GET", url, headers=headers, data=payload)

print(response.text)

Java

OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient().newBuilder()
  .build();
Request request = new Request.Builder()
  .url("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=geocode&language=fr&key=YOUR_API_KEY")
  .method("GET", null)
  .build();
Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();

Ruby

require "uri"
require "net/http"

url = URI("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=geocode&language=fr&key=YOUR_API_KEY")

https = Net::HTTP.new(url.host, url.port)
https.use_ssl = true

request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(url)

response = https.request(request)
puts response.read_body

Go

package main

import (
  "fmt"
  "net/http"
  "io/ioutil"
)

func main() {

  url := "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=geocode&language=fr&key=YOUR_API_KEY"
  method := "GET"

  client := &http.Client {
  }
  req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)

  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  res, err := client.Do(req)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  defer res.Body.Close()

  body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(res.Body)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  fmt.Println(string(body))
}

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A request for cities containing "Vict" with results in Brazilian Portuguese:

URL

https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json
  ?input=Vict
  &language=pt_BR
  &types=%28cities%29
  &key=YOUR_API_KEY

cURL

curl -L -X GET 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=(cities)&language=pt_BR&key=YOUR_API_KEY'

JavaScript

var axios = require('axios');

var config = {
  method: 'get',
  url: 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=(cities)&language=pt_BR&key=YOUR_API_KEY',
  headers: { }
};

axios(config)
.then(function (response) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));
})
.catch(function (error) {
  console.log(error);
});

Python

import requests

url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=(cities)&language=pt_BR&key=YOUR_API_KEY"

payload={}
headers = {}

response = requests.request("GET", url, headers=headers, data=payload)

print(response.text)

Java

OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient().newBuilder()
  .build();
Request request = new Request.Builder()
  .url("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=(cities)&language=pt_BR&key=YOUR_API_KEY")
  .method("GET", null)
  .build();
Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();

Ruby

require "uri"
require "net/http"

url = URI("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=(cities)&language=pt_BR&key=YOUR_API_KEY")

https = Net::HTTP.new(url.host, url.port)
https.use_ssl = true

request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(url)

response = https.request(request)
puts response.read_body

Go

package main

import (
  "fmt"
  "net/http"
  "io/ioutil"
)

func main() {

  url := "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Vict&types=(cities)&language=pt_BR&key=YOUR_API_KEY"
  method := "GET"

  client := &http.Client {
  }
  req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)

  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  res, err := client.Do(req)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  defer res.Body.Close()

  body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(res.Body)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  fmt.Println(string(body))
}

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Note that you'll need to replace the API key in these examples with your own key.

Place Autocomplete response

Place Autocomplete responses are returned in the format indicated by the output flag within the request's URL path. The results below are indicative of what may be returned for a query with the following parameters:

URL

https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json
  ?input=Paris
  &types=geocode
  &key=YOUR_API_KEY

cURL

curl -L -X GET 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Paris&types=geocode&key=YOUR_API_KEY'

JavaScript

var axios = require('axios');

var config = {
  method: 'get',
  url: 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Paris&types=geocode&key=YOUR_API_KEY',
  headers: { }
};

axios(config)
.then(function (response) {
  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));
})
.catch(function (error) {
  console.log(error);
});

Python

import requests

url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Paris&types=geocode&key=YOUR_API_KEY"

payload={}
headers = {}

response = requests.request("GET", url, headers=headers, data=payload)

print(response.text)

Java

OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient().newBuilder()
  .build();
Request request = new Request.Builder()
  .url("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Paris&types=geocode&key=YOUR_API_KEY")
  .method("GET", null)
  .build();
Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();

Ruby

require "uri"
require "net/http"

url = URI("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Paris&types=geocode&key=YOUR_API_KEY")

https = Net::HTTP.new(url.host, url.port)
https.use_ssl = true

request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(url)

response = https.request(request)
puts response.read_body

Go

package main

import (
  "fmt"
  "net/http"
  "io/ioutil"
)

func main() {

  url := "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/place/autocomplete/json?input=Paris&types=geocode&key=YOUR_API_KEY"
  method := "GET"

  client := &http.Client {
  }
  req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)

  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  res, err := client.Do(req)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  defer res.Body.Close()

  body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(res.Body)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println(err)
    return
  }
  fmt.Println(string(body))
}

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JSON

{
  "predictions":
    [
      {
        "description": "Paris, France",
        "matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
        "place_id": "ChIJD7fiBh9u5kcRYJSMaMOCCwQ",
        "reference": "ChIJD7fiBh9u5kcRYJSMaMOCCwQ",
        "structured_formatting":
          {
            "main_text": "Paris",
            "main_text_matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
            "secondary_text": "France",
          },
        "terms":
          [
            { "offset": 0, "value": "Paris" },
            { "offset": 7, "value": "France" },
          ],
        "types": ["locality", "political", "geocode"],
      },
      {
        "description": "Paris, TX, USA",
        "matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
        "place_id": "ChIJmysnFgZYSoYRSfPTL2YJuck",
        "reference": "ChIJmysnFgZYSoYRSfPTL2YJuck",
        "structured_formatting":
          {
            "main_text": "Paris",
            "main_text_matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
            "secondary_text": "TX, USA",
          },
        "terms":
          [
            { "offset": 0, "value": "Paris" },
            { "offset": 7, "value": "TX" },
            { "offset": 11, "value": "USA" },
          ],
        "types": ["locality", "political", "geocode"],
      },
      {
        "description": "Paris, Brant, ON, Canada",
        "matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
        "place_id": "ChIJsamfQbVtLIgR-X18G75Hyi0",
        "reference": "ChIJsamfQbVtLIgR-X18G75Hyi0",
        "structured_formatting":
          {
            "main_text": "Paris",
            "main_text_matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
            "secondary_text": "Brant, ON, Canada",
          },
        "terms":
          [
            { "offset": 0, "value": "Paris" },
            { "offset": 7, "value": "Brant" },
            { "offset": 14, "value": "ON" },
            { "offset": 18, "value": "Canada" },
          ],
        "types": ["neighborhood", "political", "geocode"],
      },
      {
        "description": "Paris, TN, USA",
        "matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
        "place_id": "ChIJ4zHP-Sije4gRBDEsVxunOWg",
        "reference": "ChIJ4zHP-Sije4gRBDEsVxunOWg",
        "structured_formatting":
          {
            "main_text": "Paris",
            "main_text_matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
            "secondary_text": "TN, USA",
          },
        "terms":
          [
            { "offset": 0, "value": "Paris" },
            { "offset": 7, "value": "TN" },
            { "offset": 11, "value": "USA" },
          ],
        "types": ["locality", "political", "geocode"],
      },
      {
        "description": "Paris, AR, USA",
        "matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
        "place_id": "ChIJFRt9mkF5zIcRdsZ3XM8ZyHE",
        "reference": "ChIJFRt9mkF5zIcRdsZ3XM8ZyHE",
        "structured_formatting":
          {
            "main_text": "Paris",
            "main_text_matched_substrings": [{ "length": 5, "offset": 0 }],
            "secondary_text": "AR, USA",
          },
        "terms":
          [
            { "offset": 0, "value": "Paris" },
            { "offset": 7, "value": "AR" },
            { "offset": 11, "value": "USA" },
          ],
        "types": ["locality", "political", "geocode"],
      },
    ],
  "status": "OK",
}

XML

<AutocompletionResponse>
 <status>OK</status>
 <prediction>
  <description>Paris, France</description>
  <type>locality</type>
  <type>political</type>
  <type>geocode</type>
  <reference>ChIJD7fiBh9u5kcRYJSMaMOCCwQ</reference>
  <term>
   <value>Paris</value>
   <offset>0</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>France</value>
   <offset>7</offset>
  </term>
  <matched_substring>
   <offset>0</offset>
   <length>5</length>
  </matched_substring>
  <place_id>ChIJD7fiBh9u5kcRYJSMaMOCCwQ</place_id>
  <structured_formatting>
   <description>Paris</description>
   <subdescription>France</subdescription>
   <description_matched_substring>
    <offset>0</offset>
    <length>5</length>
   </description_matched_substring>
  </structured_formatting>
 </prediction>
 <prediction>
  <description>Paris, TX, USA</description>
  <type>locality</type>
  <type>political</type>
  <type>geocode</type>
  <reference>ChIJmysnFgZYSoYRSfPTL2YJuck</reference>
  <term>
   <value>Paris</value>
   <offset>0</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>TX</value>
   <offset>7</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>USA</value>
   <offset>11</offset>
  </term>
  <matched_substring>
   <offset>0</offset>
   <length>5</length>
  </matched_substring>
  <place_id>ChIJmysnFgZYSoYRSfPTL2YJuck</place_id>
  <structured_formatting>
   <description>Paris</description>
   <subdescription>TX, USA</subdescription>
   <description_matched_substring>
    <offset>0</offset>
    <length>5</length>
   </description_matched_substring>
  </structured_formatting>
 </prediction>
 <prediction>
  <description>Paris, Brant, ON, Canada</description>
  <type>neighborhood</type>
  <type>political</type>
  <type>geocode</type>
  <reference>ChIJsamfQbVtLIgR-X18G75Hyi0</reference>
  <term>
   <value>Paris</value>
   <offset>0</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>Brant</value>
   <offset>7</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>ON</value>
   <offset>14</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>Canada</value>
   <offset>18</offset>
  </term>
  <matched_substring>
   <offset>0</offset>
   <length>5</length>
  </matched_substring>
  <place_id>ChIJsamfQbVtLIgR-X18G75Hyi0</place_id>
  <structured_formatting>
   <description>Paris</description>
   <subdescription>Brant, ON, Canada</subdescription>
   <description_matched_substring>
    <offset>0</offset>
    <length>5</length>
   </description_matched_substring>
  </structured_formatting>
 </prediction>
 <prediction>
  <description>Paris, TN, USA</description>
  <type>locality</type>
  <type>political</type>
  <type>geocode</type>
  <reference>ChIJ4zHP-Sije4gRBDEsVxunOWg</reference>
  <term>
   <value>Paris</value>
   <offset>0</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>TN</value>
   <offset>7</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>USA</value>
   <offset>11</offset>
  </term>
  <matched_substring>
   <offset>0</offset>
   <length>5</length>
  </matched_substring>
  <place_id>ChIJ4zHP-Sije4gRBDEsVxunOWg</place_id>
  <structured_formatting>
   <description>Paris</description>
   <subdescription>TN, USA</subdescription>
   <description_matched_substring>
    <offset>0</offset>
    <length>5</length>
   </description_matched_substring>
  </structured_formatting>
 </prediction>
 <prediction>
  <description>Paris, AR, USA</description>
  <type>locality</type>
  <type>political</type>
  <type>geocode</type>
  <reference>ChIJFRt9mkF5zIcRdsZ3XM8ZyHE</reference>
  <term>
   <value>Paris</value>
   <offset>0</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>AR</value>
   <offset>7</offset>
  </term>
  <term>
   <value>USA</value>
   <offset>11</offset>
  </term>
  <matched_substring>
   <offset>0</offset>
   <length>5</length>
  </matched_substring>
  <place_id>ChIJFRt9mkF5zIcRdsZ3XM8ZyHE</place_id>
  <structured_formatting>
   <description>Paris</description>
   <subdescription>AR, USA</subdescription>
   <description_matched_substring>
    <offset>0</offset>
    <length>5</length>
   </description_matched_substring>
  </structured_formatting>
 </prediction>
</AutocompletionResponse>

PlacesAutocompleteResponse

FieldRequiredTypeDescription
required Array<PlaceAutocompletePrediction>

Contains an array of predictions.

See PlaceAutocompletePrediction for more information.

requiredPlacesAutocompleteStatus

Contains the status of the request, and may contain debugging information to help you track down why the request failed.

See PlacesAutocompleteStatus for more information.

optionalstring

When the service returns a status code other than OK<, there may be an additional error_message field within the response object. This field contains more detailed information about thereasons behind the given status code. This field is not always returned, and its content is subject to change.

optionalArray<string>

When the service returns additional information about the request specification, there may be an additional info_messages field within the response object. This field is only returned for successful requests. It may not always be returned, and its content is subject to change.

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Of particular interest within the results are the place_id elements, which can be used to request more specific details about the place via a separate query. See Place Details requests.

An XML response consists of a single <AutocompletionResponse> element with two types of child elements:

  • A single <status> element contains metadata on the request. See Status Codes below.
  • Zero or more <prediction> elements, each containing information about a single place. See Place Autocomplete Results for information about these results. The Places API returns up to 5 results.

We recommend that you use json as the preferred output flag unless your application requires xml for some reason. Processing XML trees requires some care, so that you reference proper nodes and elements. See Processing XML with XPath for help processing XML.

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PlacesAutocompleteStatus

Status codes returned by service.

  • OK indicating the API request was successful.
  • ZERO_RESULTS indicating that the search was successful but returned no results. This may occur if the search was passed a bounds in a remote location.
  • INVALID_REQUEST indicating the API request was malformed, generally due to the missing input parameter.
  • OVER_QUERY_LIMIT indicating any of the following:
    • You have exceeded the QPS limits.
    • Billing has not been enabled on your account.
    • The monthly $200 credit, or a self-imposed usage cap, has been exceeded.
    • The provided method of payment is no longer valid (for example, a credit card has expired).
    See the Maps FAQ for more information about how to resolve this error.
  • REQUEST_DENIED indicating that your request was denied, generally because:
    • The request is missing an API key.
    • The key parameter is invalid.
  • UNKNOWN_ERROR indicating an unknown error.

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When the Places service returns JSON results from a search, it places them within a predictions array. Even if the service returns no results (such as if the location is remote) it still returns an empty predictions array. XML responses consist of zero or more <prediction> elements.

PlaceAutocompletePrediction

FieldRequiredTypeDescription
requiredstring

Contains the human-readable name for the returned result. For establishment results, this is usually the business name. This content is meant to be read as-is. Do not programmatically parse the formatted address.

required Array<PlaceAutocompleteMatchedSubstring>

A list of substrings that describe the location of the entered term in the prediction result text, so that the term can be highlighted if desired.

See PlaceAutocompleteMatchedSubstring for more information.

requiredPlaceAutocompleteStructuredFormat

Provides pre-formatted text that can be shown in your autocomplete results. This content is meant to be read as-is. Do not programmatically parse the formatted address.

See PlaceAutocompleteStructuredFormat for more information.

required Array<PlaceAutocompleteTerm>

Contains an array of terms identifying each section of the returned description (a section of the description is generally terminated with a comma). Each entry in the array has a value field, containing the text of the term, and an offset field, defining the start position of this term in the description, measured in Unicode characters.

See PlaceAutocompleteTerm for more information.

optionalstring

A textual identifier that uniquely identifies a place. To retrieve information about the place, pass this identifier in the placeId field of a Places API request. For more information about place IDs, see the Place IDs overview.

optionalstring

(Deprecated) See place_id.

optionalArray<string>

Contains an array of types that apply to this place. For example: [ "political", "locality" ] or [ "establishment", "geocode", "beauty_salon" ]. The array can contain multiple values. Learn more about Place types.

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PlaceAutocompleteMatchedSubstring

FieldRequiredTypeDescription
requirednumber

Length of the matched substring in the prediction result text.

requirednumber

Start location of the matched substring in the prediction result text.

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PlaceAutocompleteStructuredFormat

FieldRequiredTypeDescription
requiredstring

Contains the main text of a prediction, usually the name of the place.

required Array<PlaceAutocompleteMatchedSubstring>

Contains an array with offset value and length. These describe the location of the entered term in the prediction result text, so that the term can be highlighted if desired.

See PlaceAutocompleteMatchedSubstring for more information.

requiredstring

Contains the secondary text of a prediction, usually the location of the place.

optional Array<PlaceAutocompleteMatchedSubstring>

Contains an array with offset value and length. These describe the location of the entered term in the prediction result text, so that the term can be highlighted if desired.

See PlaceAutocompleteMatchedSubstring for more information.

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PlaceAutocompleteTerm

FieldRequiredTypeDescription
requirednumber

Defines the start position of this term in the description, measured in Unicode characters

requiredstring

The text of the term.

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Place Autocomplete optimization

This section describes best practices to help you make the most of the Place Autocomplete service.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • The quickest way to develop a working user interface is to use the Maps JavaScript API Autocomplete widget, Places SDK for Android Autocomplete widget, or Places SDK for iOS Autocomplete UI control
  • Develop an understanding of essential Place Autocomplete data fields from the start.
  • Location biasing and location restriction fields are optional but can have a significant impact on autocomplete performance.
  • Use error handling to make sure your app degrades gracefully if the API returns an error.
  • Make sure your app handles when there is no selection and offers users a way to continue.

Cost optimization best practices

Basic cost optimization

To optimize the cost of using the Place Autocomplete service, use field masks in Place Details and Place Autocomplete widgets to return only the place data fields you need.

Advanced cost optimization

Consider programmatic implementation of Place Autocomplete in order to access Per Request pricing and request Geocoding API results about the selected place instead of Place Details. Per Request pricing paired with Geocoding API is more cost-effective than Per Session (session-based) pricing if both of the following conditions are met:

  • If you only need the latitude/longitude or address of the user's selected place, the Geocoding API delivers this information for less than a Place Details call.
  • If users select an autocomplete prediction within an average of four Autocomplete predictions requests or fewer, Per Request pricing may be more cost-effective than Per Session pricing.
For help selecting the Place Autocomplete implementation that fits your needs, select the tab that corresponds to your answer to the following question.

Does your application require any information other than the address and latitude/longitude of the selected prediction?

Yes, needs more details

Use session-based Place Autocomplete with Place Details.
Since your application requires Place Details such as the place name, business status, or opening hours, your implementation of Place Autocomplete should use a session token (programmatically or built into the JavaScript, Android, or iOS widgets) for a total cost of $0.017 per session plus applicable Places Data SKUs depending on which place data fields you request.1

Widget implementation
Session management is automatically built into the JavaScript, Android, or iOS widgets. This includes both the Place Autocomplete requests and the Place Details request on the selected prediction. Be sure to specify the fields parameter in order to ensure you are only requesting the place data fields you need.

Programmatic implementation
Use a session token with your Place Autocomplete requests. When requesting Place Details about the selected prediction, include the following parameters:

  1. The place ID from the Place Autocomplete response
  2. The session token used in the Place Autocomplete request
  3. The fields parameter specifying the place data fields you need

No, needs only address and location

Geocoding API could be a more cost-effective option than Place Details for your application, depending on the performance of your Place Autocomplete usage. Every application's Autocomplete efficiency varies depending on what users are entering, where the application is being used, and whether performance optimization best practices have been implemented.

In order to answer the following question, analyze how many characters a user types on average before selecting a Place Autocomplete prediction in your application.

Do your users select a Place Autocomplete prediction in four or fewer requests, on average?

Yes

Implement Place Autocomplete programmatically without session tokens and call Geocoding API on the selected place prediction.
Geocoding API delivers addresses and latitude/longitude coordinates for $0.005 per request. Making four Place Autocomplete - Per Request requests costs $0.01132 so the total cost of four requests plus a Geocoding API call about the selected place prediction would be $0.01632 which is less than the Per Session Autocomplete price of $0.017 per session.1

Consider employing performance best practices to help your users get the prediction they're looking for in even fewer characters.

No

Use session-based Place Autocomplete with Place Details.
Since the average number of requests you expect to make before a user selects a Place Autocomplete prediction exceeds the cost of Per Session pricing, your implementation of Place Autocomplete should use a session token for both the Place Autocomplete requests and the associated Place Details request for a total cost of $0.017 per session.1

Widget implementation
Session management is automatically built into the JavaScript, Android, or iOS widgets. This includes both the Place Autocomplete requests and the Place Details request on the selected prediction. Be sure to specify the fields parameter in order to ensure you are only requesting Basic Data fields.

Programmatic implementation
Use a session token with your Place Autocomplete requests. When requesting Place Details about the selected prediction, include the following parameters:

  1. The place ID from the Place Autocomplete response
  2. The session token used in the Place Autocomplete request
  3. The fields parameter specifying Basic Data fields such as address and geometry

Consider delaying Place Autocomplete requests
You can employ strategies such as delaying a Place Autocomplete request until the user has typed in the first three or four characters so that your application makes fewer requests. For example, making Place Autocomplete requests for each character after the user has typed the third character means that if the user types seven characters then selects a prediction for which you make one Geocoding API request, the total cost would be $0.01632 (4 * $0.00283 Autocomplete Per Request + $0.005 Geocoding).1

If delaying requests can get your average programmatic request below four, you can follow the guidance for performant Place Autocomplete with Geocoding API implementation. Note that delaying requests can be perceived as latency by the user who might be expecting to see predictions with every new keystroke.

Consider employing performance best practices to help your users get the prediction they're looking for in fewer characters.


  1. Costs listed here are in USD. Please refer to the Google Maps Platform Billing page for full pricing information.

Performance best practices

The following guidelines describe ways to optimize Place Autocomplete performance:

  • Add country restrictions, location biasing, and (for programmatic implementations) language preference to your Place Autocomplete implementation. Language preference is not needed with widgets since they pick language preferences from the user's browser or mobile device.
  • If Place Autocomplete is accompanied by a map, you can bias location by map viewport.
  • In situations when a user does not choose one of the Autocomplete predictions, generally because none of those predictions are the desired result-address, you can re-use the original user input to attempt to get more relevant results:
    • If you expect the user to enter only address information, re-use the original user input in a call to the Geocoding API.
    • If you expect the user to enter queries for a specific place by name or address, use a Find Place request. If results are only expected in a specific region, use location biasing.
    Other scenarios when it's best to fall back to the Geocoding API include:
    • Users inputting subpremise addresses in countries other than Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. For example, the US address "123 Bowdoin St #456, Boston MA, USA" is not supported by Autocomplete. (Autocomplete supports subpremise addresses only in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Supported address formats in these three countries include "9/321 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia" or "14/19 Langana Avenue, Browns Bay, Auckland, New Zealand" or "145-112 Renfrew Dr, Markham, Ontario, Canada".)
    • Users inputting addresses with road-segment prefixes like "23-30 29th St, Queens" in New York City or "47-380 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe" on the island of Kauai in Hawai'i.

Location biasing

You may bias results to a specified circle by passing a location and a radius parameter. This instructs the Place Autocomplete service to prefer showing results within that circle. Results outside of the defined area may still be displayed. You can use the components parameter to filter results to show only those places within a specified country.

Tip: Establishment results generally do not rank highly enough to show in results when the search area is large. If you want establishments to appear in mixed establishment/geocode results, you can specify a smaller radius. Alternatively, use types=establishment to restrict results to establishments only.

Location restrict

You may also restrict results to the region defined by location and a radius parameter, by adding the strictbounds parameter. This instructs the Place Autocomplete service to return only results within that region.