Google Places API

Welcome to the Google Places API

Power your location-based app with the Google Places API, which can be used to find detailed information about places across a wide range of categories. Backed by the same database used by Google Maps and Google+ Local, the Google Places API features over 95 million businesses and points of interest that are updated frequently through owner-verified listings and user-moderated contributions.


The Google Places API allows you to query for detailed place information on a variety of categories, such as: establishments, prominent points of interest, geographic locations, and more. The Google Places API is also integrated into the Google Maps API as a JavaScript Library.

Place Autocomplete

The Google Place Autocomplete feature returns place information based on text search terms and can be used to provide autocomplete functionality for text-based geographic searches.


The Place Photo service gives your application access to the millions of photos stored in the Places and Google+ Local database.

Watch an Overview of the Places API

Discover Places API Examples

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This video introduces the most popular features of the Places API: Building location-based apps with the Places API.


Looking for inspiration on how to best use the Places API? Visit the Google Developer Showcase to see how other developers are using the Places API in their apps.