We are using ObjectiveC's Google Maps module and fieldtype http://devot-ee.com/add-ons/google-maps, which allows a user to choose a location on a map to obtain the longitude and latitude which is saved to the entry (the longitude and latitude is used in search results for a "results near x miles" list).

Our users are already entering an address to display for the listing, so is it possible for the Google Maps add-on to automatically get the lat and long from the address so we do not have to offer the map for them to pick a location in addition to entering their address?

  • You should definitely be able to do this. Can you post an example of some template code? Also, are you using the search/results tags? Sep 6, 2013 at 11:59
  • I am not sure template code will help. I am using a Safecracker form to enter an entry, the field is {field:location}, which is a Google Maps field, it shows this Module's Google Map to pick a location. I dont want to use this field, but I would like Google Maps to enter the long lat automatically when I create an entry from its address fields. So I dont have code that is not working, I just dont have any kind of code or setting that would allow this feature so wondered if it exists. Sep 8, 2013 at 13:37
  • I've revised the question to make it a little more clear Sep 8, 2013 at 13:46

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Ah, right. So I think you need Geocoder, which does exactly what you want. You can simply omit the Google Map field on the front-end, and have Geocoder plot the address for you after the form has submitted.


  • Aha! A different add-on by them! I did not think to look! I will give this a go and feedback, but sounds right. Thanks a lot. Sep 9, 2013 at 20:55
  • It is a different add-on but it's really an expansion pack to Google Maps for EE. It won't work unless you have Google Maps installed. ;) Sep 10, 2013 at 11:29
  • I'd be interested to know the end result if you got this to work?
    – paulcripps
    Nov 30, 2015 at 23:42

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