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Google Maps API get current location

Hi guys!

I'm really new to this. I was taking the PHP MySQL course and then I did this Google Maps tutorial: https://developers.google.com/maps/articles/phpsqlsearch_v3

I did the tutorial successfully! I have phpMyAdmin and localhost:8888 running and it finds the address I input and shows the markers where they should be :)


What I need it to do though is get the user's current location, show the markers near that and only use the input address button as a backup if there's an error.

if (navigator.geolocation) {
  console.log('Geolocation is supported!');
else {
  console.log('Geolocation is not supported for this Browser/OS version yet.');


What I can't figure out is where to put the geolocation. Do I need to attach it to my html button? Does it need to be part of the load function?

My understanding is I need the current user location to be the center point for the map?

Any help/tips/direction would be much appreciated :)


1 Answer

Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw
26,676 Points

Hi Green Frog,

I recommend you have a read through the below link which shows an example of using geolocation for Google Maps, in conjunction with that I also recommend you read through the second link as well which explains best practices when requesting a users location.

Hope that helps.