Geocoding REST API - PositionStack.


Geocoding is the process of taking input text, such as an address or the name of a place and returning a latitude/longitude location on the Earth's surface for that place.

PositionStack is a REST API that offers forward and reverse geocoding, covering more than 2 billion places and addresses worldwide. You can use this API and embed maps in your application to show their exact location. This will be useful for many businesses e.g., e-commerce, shipping etc. Even it will allow you to know about your users to meet some specific needs based on their location.

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Geocoding REST API - PositionStack

PositionStack API Features:

Real-time geocoding: Geocode any global address or set of coordinates in real-time and lookup location components, country, and timezone data.

Batch Geocoding Requests: Allows you to send batch requests to get multiple geocoding requests to the API at once.

Multi-language: Translate the result to your preferred language by specifying the 2-letter (e.g. en) or the 3-letter code (e.g. eng) of the language.

Embeddable map URLs: Provides an embeddable map associated with the location result.

Result formats: API responses can be in JSON, XML, JSONP or GeoJSON formats.

Fast: Fast API response. Average API response times range between 10ms and 100ms depending on the size of your request.

Scalable: Powered by scalable apilayer cloud infrastructure, handling billions of geocode requests with 99.9% uptime.

Secure: Secured API with 256-bit HTTPS Encryption. Each registered positionstack account is associated with a unique API access key, which is used to authenticate with the API when geocoding.

Customizable Fields: you can specify preferred response fields to limit the API result and bandwidth.

Supports Multiple Languages: API can be used in a client-side scripting language such as JavaScript, jQuery as well as server-side languages such as PHP, Python, Nodejs, Ruby, etc.

Fair pricing: Offers free service for primary usage(10,000 API requests per month). If you’re looking for even more requests and features, monthly plans start at just $9.99.

Getting Started with PositionStack API?

The positionstack API is easy to use. Just sign-up free and get your authentication key immediately.

Once you get your authentication key, start sending API request from your preferred language and get the response, as shown below.

https://api.positionstack.com/v1/forward?access_key=YOUR_ACCESS_KEY
&query=1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC
Example API Response:
{
    "data": {
    "results": [
    {
        "latitude": 38.897675,
        "longitude": -77.036547,
        "label": "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, USA",
        "name": "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW",
        "type": "address",
        "number": "1600",
        "street": "Pennsylvania Avenue NW",
        "postal_code": "20500",
        "confidence": 1,
        "region": "District of Columbia",
        "region_code": "DC",
        "administrative_area": null,
        "neighbourhood": "White House Grounds",
        "country": "United States",
        "country_code": "US",
        "map_url": "http://map.positionstack.com/38.897675,-77.036547"
         }
      ]
   }
}

Visit PositionStack documentation to know more about it.