Get Total Address Information with Geocode API (Sponsored)

Getting address information is vitally important. Whether shipping a package, tailoring a user experience to location, or using that data to help localize language on a website, getting location information wrong can lose a sale or brake feature. Let’s take a look at an API I recently found which helps me get all the detailed […]

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Getting address information is vitally important. Whether shipping a package, tailoring a user experience to location, or using that data to help localize language on a website, getting location information wrong can lose a sale or brake feature. Let’s take a look at an API I recently found which helps me get all the detailed geolocation information I need: Geocode API.

Quick Hits

  • Useful for verifying addresses, using data to calculate shipping rates, and mapping
  • Provides detailed data but very easy to use
  • Get address data for anywhere in the world
  • Support for implementation and integration
  • 99.9% uptime guaranteed
  • From the amazing creators behind Zenserp
  • Get started for free!

Using Geocode API

Start by signing up for Geocode API for free!

First note that you can send the API key via URL or via header:

curl "https://app.geocodeapi.io/api/v1/search" -H "apikey: APIKEY"
curl "https://app.geocodeapi.io/api/v1/search?apikey=APIKEY"
curl "https://app.geocodeapi.io/api/v1/search" -F "apikey=APIKEY"

The core of Geocode API’s functionality runs through the /v1/search/ endpoint with only a text parameter and the API key:

curl "https://app.geocodeapi.io/api/v1/search?text=Madison+WI+Capitol&apikey=APIKEY"

In my example above, I provide the API only the term “Madison, WI Capitol”. The resulting payload is filled with great detail; here are some highlights of the response:

{ "id": "relation/7144092", "gid": "openstreetmap:venue:relation/7144092", "layer": "venue", "source": "openstreetmap", "source_id": "relation/7144092", "name": "University of Wisconsin-Madison", "confidence": 0.8, "match_type": "fallback", "accuracy": "point", "country": "United States", "country_a": "USA", "region": "Wisconsin", "region_a": "WI", "localadmin": "Madison", "neighbourhood": "College Hills", "continent": "North America", "label": "University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA", "addendum": { "osm": { "wikidata": "Q838330", "wikipedia": "en:University of Wisconsin–Madison" } } }

I was really impressed by the neighborhood data it included! You can even use broader search terms like my hometown restaurant and first employer — “McFarland WI Culver’s”:

curl "https://app.geocodeapi.io/api/v1/search?text=McFarland+Culvers&apikey=APIKEY" { "id": "way/572463175", "gid": "openstreetmap:venue:way/572463175", "layer": "venue", "source": "openstreetmap", "source_id": "way/572463175", "name": "Culver's", "housenumber": "4700", "street": "Farwell Street", "confidence": 0.8, "match_type": "fallback", "accuracy": "point", "country": "United States", "country_gid": "whosonfirst:country:85633793", "country_a": "USA", "region": "Wisconsin", "region_gid": "whosonfirst:region:85688517", "region_a": "WI", "localadmin": "Mcfarland", "localadmin_gid": "whosonfirst:localadmin:404493259", "neighbourhood": "South Central Side", "neighbourhood_gid": "whosonfirst:neighbourhood:85878883", "continent": "North America", "continent_gid": "whosonfirst:continent:102191575", "label": "Culver's, Mcfarland, WI, USA" }

You don’t need the exact address to get a reliable result — simply provide a human-friendly term and you get accurate address information. In the case that you may return multiple locations, like “McDonalds Madison, WI”, you can limit the result size:

[code shell text=McDonalds + Madison + WI + size: 10]

curl "https://app.geocodeapi.io/api/v1/search?text=McDonalds+Madison&size=10&apikey=APIKEY"

Geocode API provides a great mix of search results, location detail and customization, and trust in result. The results provided feel like a Google search married with localization.

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