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MapQuest geocoding service

Geocoding is the process of matching addresses with geographic coordinates. The MapQuest Open Geocoding API designed to provide an easier way to geocode using OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. The Open Geocoding API is based on Nominatim and supports three major geocoding functions: address, reverse, and batch.

Web Service Resources

Instructions, code samples, and demos all combined in easy-to-follow, easy-to-use documentation.

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Address geocoding

Provide either a single-line address or an address broken down into its component parts (5-box) and receive potential geocodes in order of confidence.

Reverse geocoding

Provide latitude and longitude coordinates and receive the known address information for that location.

Batch geocoding

Quickly geocode up to 100 locations with a single batch function call.

Detailed quality codes

Viewport biasing

If you provide specific bounding box coordinates with your geocode call, ambiguity results within the map boundary will be moved to the top of the results list.

Thumbnail ambiguity maps

Each ambiguity result can return a static map URL that provides a thumbnail image of the ambiguous location, which can be displayed to the end user when disambiguating.

Delimited file output

For any of the geocoding service functions, you can specify outFormat=file and a delimiter= of comma(, ) pipe(|) colon(:) or semi-colon(;). The service will then return a delimited text file including a header row, which is especially useful for batch geocoding.

Terms of Use

The MapQuest Open Geocoding API is available for use for free under the following conditions:

  • Please place “Geocoding Courtesy of MapQuest ” on your page, or in the copyright area of the map and please link the word “MapQuest” to . Below is a code snippet you can use for your site:
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Popular Q&A

Does Map Quest have a text in service like ChaCha?

No, but it does have a mapquest phone application that you can download at the site. Thanks, !

What is the best service for reverse geocoding (other than Google's)? We need to do it server-side, and without attaching a map view. - Quora

Factual (my shop) does a REST-based API: 10k free per day -- paid pricing above that varies, based on the minimum number of calls per month.

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