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Activate the Google Places API Web Service

To get you started we'll guide you through the Google Developers Console to do a few things first:

  1. Create or choose a project
  2. Activate the Google Places API Web Service
  3. Create appropriate keys


The Google Places API Web Service is a service that returns information about places using HTTP requests. Places are defined within this API as establishments, geographic locations, or prominent points of interest.

Introducing the API

The following place requests are available:

  • Place Search returns a list of places based on a user's location or search string.
  • Place Details returns more detailed information about a specific place, including user reviews.
  • Place Add supplements the data in Google's Places database with data from your application.
  • Place Photos provides access to the millions of place-related photos stored in Google's Place database.
  • Place Autocomplete automatically fills in the name and/or address of a place as users type.
  • Query Autocomplete provides a query prediction service for text-based geographic searches, returning suggested queries as users type.

Each of the services is accessed as an HTTP request, and returns either an JSON or XML response. All requests to a Places service must use the https:// protocol, and include an API key.

The Google Places API Web Service uses a place ID to uniquely identify a place. For details about the format and usage of this identifier across the Google Places API Web Service and other APIs, see the place ID documentation.

Policies and Terms

All applications that use the Google Places API Web Service or Google Place Autocomplete must adhere to the requirements described in the Places API Policies and the Google Maps APIs Terms of Service. The Google Places API Web Service and Google Place Autocomplete share ausage quota as described in the Usage Limits and Billing documentation.

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