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Australian Address Validation, Search and Autocomplete

Australian Data Source

Addresses validated against the Geocoded National Address File (referred to as G-NAF), Australia’s authoritative address file.

Software As or NOT As A Service

We love SaaS, but we know its not for everyone. SaaS or self hosted, we've got you covered.

Always Up-To-Date

Addressr automatically updates with the latest data, so you're never out-of-date.

Real-time Address Validation

Add address autocomplete, search and validation to your forms.

Easy To Use API

Build your solution quickly, with our straightforward API.

Run On Your Own Infrastructure or Use Ours

On-premise or in the cloud, run Addressr on your own infrastructure, or leave all the hard work to us.

Completely Free or Pay for Support

That's right, Addressr is completely free Forever. Or for peace of mind for your mission critical solutions, get commercial support you can truly rely on.


Quick Start

Self Hosted

  1. Install addressr

    npm install @mountainpass/addressr -g

    NOTE: If you are running windows, you'll need to use wsl

  2. Start open search. For example run

    docker pull opensearchproject/opensearch:1.2.4
    docker run -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 -e "discovery.type=single-node" -e "plugins.security.disabled=true" opensearchproject/opensearch:1.2.4
  3. Start API server. In a second window run:

    export ELASTIC_PORT=9200
    export ELASTIC_HOST=localhost
  4. Setup the env vars for the data loader. In a third window run:

    export ELASTIC_PORT=9200
    export ELASTIC_HOST=localhost
    1. Optional - enable geocodes by setting the following env vars for the data loader. In the third window run: NOTE: with geocodes enabled, indexing takes much longer and needs much more memory. Only use turn them on if you need them. You can always add them later.
    export NODE_OPTIONS=--max_old_space_size=8196
    1. Optional - limit the addresses to a single state by setting the COVERED_STATES env var for the data loader. This dramatically speeds up indexing. For example, in the third window run:

    Valid values are:

    • ACT
    • NSW
    • NT
    • OT
    • QLD
    • SA
    • TAS
    • VIC
    • WA
  5. Run data Loader. In the third window run:

  6. OK, so we stretched the truth a bit with the "Quick Start" heading. The truth is that it takes quite a while to download, store and index the 13+ million addresses from data.gov.au. So make a coffee, or tea, or find something else to do and come back in about an hour when it's done.

  7. Search for an address using the command line

    curl -i http://localhost:8080/addresses?q=LEVEL+25,+TOWER+3
  8. An updated G-NAF is released every 3 months. Put addressr-loader in a cron job or similar to keep addressr regularly updated

  9. Wire you address form up to the address-server api.

How it Works

How it works

Additional Settings

Environment Variable Value Description Default
ELASTIC_PROTOCOL http Connect to open search over http
ELASTIC_PROTOCOL https Connect to open search over https
ELASTIC_USERNAME blank Connect to open search without authentication
ELASTIC_USERNAME non-blank Connect to open search with the specified username
ELASTIC_PASSWORD blank Connect to open search without authentication
ELASTIC_PASSWORD non-blank Connect to open search with the specified password
PAGE_SIZE 8 Number or records to return in a search

NOTE: When adjusting PAGE_SIZE, you should take into account how quickly you want the initial results returned to the user. In many use cases, you want this to be as fast as possible. If you need show more results to the user, you are often better off leaving it a 8 and using the paging links to get more results while you are displaying the first 8.

Why is the default 8 and not 10? Mechanical Sympathy

System requirements

Open Search

opensearch >= 1.2.4 with 1.4GiB of memory

Addressr Loader


Node.js >= 12.11.0 with 1GiB of memory

With Geocoding enabled

Node.js >= 12.11.0 with 8GiB of memory

Addressr Server

Node.js >= 12.11.0 with 64MiB of memory


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