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Extendable geocoder with builtin support for Nominatim, Bing, Google, Mapbox, Photon, What3Words, MapQuest, Mapzen, HERE

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Leaflet Control Geocoder NPM version Leaflet 1.0.0 compatible!

A simple geocoder for Leaflet that by default uses OSM/Nominatim.

The plugin supports many different data providers:

The plugin can easily be extended to support other providers. Current extensions:

See the Leaflet Control Geocoder Demo.


Download latest release. Load the CSS and Javascript, located in the dist folder:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="Control.Geocoder.css" />
<script src="Control.Geocoder.js"></script>

Add the control to a map instance:

var map ='map').setView([0, 0], 2);
L.tileLayer('http://{s}{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {
    attribution: '&copy; <a href="">OpenStreetMap</a> contributors'


By default, when a geocoding result is found, the control will center the map on it and place a marker at its location. This can be customized by listening to the control's markgeocode event. To remove the control's default handler for marking a result, set the option defaultMarkGeocode to false.

For example:

var geocoder = L.Control.geocoder({
        defaultMarkGeocode: false
    .on('markgeocode', function(e) {
        var bbox = e.geocode.bbox;
        var poly = L.polygon([

This will add a polygon representing the result's boundingbox when a result is selected.



This is the geocoder control. It works like any other Leaflet control, and is added to the map.




Option Type Default Description
collapsed Boolean true Collapse control unless hovered/clicked
position String "topright" Control position
placeholder String "Search..." Placeholder text for text input
errorMessage String "Nothing found." Message when no result found / geocoding error occurs
geocoder IGeocoder new L.Control.Geocoder.Nominatim() Object to perform the actual geocoding queries
showResultIcons Boolean false Show icons for geocoding results (if available); supported by Nominatim


Method Returns Description
markGeocode( result) this Marks a geocoding result on the map


Uses Nominatim to respond to geocoding queries. This is the default geocoding service used by the control, unless otherwise specified in the options. Implements IGeocoder.

Unless using your own Nominatim installation, please refer to the Nominatim usage policy.




Option Type Default Description
serviceUrl String "" URL of the service
geocodingQueryParams Object {} Additional URL parameters (strings) that will be added to geocoding requests; can be used to restrict results to a specific country for example, by providing the countrycodes parameter to Nominatim
reverseQueryParams Object {} Additional URL parameters (strings) that will be added to reverse geocoding requests
htmlTemplate function special A function that takes an GeocodingResult as argument and returns an HTML formatted string that represents the result. Default function breaks up address in parts from most to least specific, in attempt to increase readability compared to Nominatim's naming


Uses Bing Locations API to respond to geocoding queries. Implements IGeocoder.

Note that you need an API key to use this service.


L.Control.Geocoder.Bing(<String> key)


An interface implemented to respond to geocoding queries.


Method Returns Description
geocode( query, callback, context) GeocodingResult[] Performs a geocoding query and returns the results to the callback in the provided context
reverse(<L.LatLng> location, scale, callback, context) GeocodingResult[] Performs a reverse geocoding query and returns the results to the callback in the provided context


An object that represents a result from a geocoding query.


Property Type Description
name String Name of found location
bounds L.LatLngBounds The bounds of the location
center L.LatLng The center coordinate of the location
icon String URL for icon representing result; optional
html String (optional) HTML formatted representation of the name