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Functions to convert a geohash to/from a latitude/longitude point, and to determine bounds of a geohash cell and find neighbours of a geohash.

Note this version 2 uses ES classes and modules: for older browsers (or Node.js <8.0.0), v1.1.0 is ES5-based.


  • Geohash.encode(lat, lon, [precision]): encode latitude/longitude point to geohash of given precision (number of characters in resulting geohash); if precision is not specified, it is inferred from precision of latitude/longitude values.
  • Geohash.decode(geohash): return { lat, lon } of centre of given geohash, to appropriate precision.
  • Geohash.bounds(geohash): return { sw, ne } bounds of given geohash.
  • Geohash.adjacent(geohash, direction): return adjacent cell to given geohash in specified direction (N/S/E/W).
  • Geohash.neighbours(geohash): return all 8 adjacent cells (n/ne/e/se/s/sw/w/nw) to given geohash.

Note to obtain neighbours as an array, you can use

const neighboursObj = Geohash.neighbours(geohash);
const neighboursArr = Object.keys(neighboursObj).map(n => neighboursObj[n]);

The parent of a geocode is simply geocode.slice(0, -1).

If you want the geohash converted from Base32 to Base4, you can e.g.:

parseInt(Geohash.encode(52.20, 0.12, 6), 32).toString(4);

Usage in browser

Geohash can be used in the browser by taking a local copy, or loading it from jsDelivr: for example,

<!doctype html><title>geohash example</title><meta charset="utf-8">
<script type="module">
    import Geohash from '';
    const geohash = Geohash.encode(52.20, 0.12, 6);
    console.assert(geohash == 'u120fw');
    const latlon = Geohash.decode('u120fw');
    console.assert(JSON.stringify(latlon) == '{"lat":52.1988,"lon":0.115}');

Usage in Node.js

Geohash can be used in a Node.js app from npm (currently the esm package is required to load ES-modules):

$ npm install latlon-geohash esm
$ node -r esm
> import Geohash from 'latlon-geohash';
> const geohash = Geohash.encode(52.20, 0.12, 6);
> console.assert(geohash == 'u120fw');
> const latlon = Geohash.decode('u120fw');
> console.assert(JSON.stringify(latlon) == '{"lat":52.1988,"lon":0.115}');

Further details

More information (with interactive conversion) at

Full JsDoc at


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