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Google Places Autocomplete - 11 Nov 2014


If you’re working on an application that utilizes an input field for addresses, then adding autocomplete functionality is a great way to improve the user experience. Google provides a great library and API for implementing this functionality. You can find this documentation here:

https://developers.google.com/places/documentation/autocomplete

To add support for this library, you’ll first need to include it. You can do so by adding the following script tag to your page.

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?libraries=places"></script>

You’ll then want to add some code to hook this into your input fields. Here’s an example solution that involves jQuery.

You can then add autocomplete to any of your input fields by adding a data attribute.

<input id="address" name="address" type="text" data-google-places=true />

You can see an example of this implementation here:

https://github.com/codeforamerica/MuniciPal/pull/109