Get Started

This page shows you how to get an API key, enable the required APIs, and load the Places Library, so that you can work with the Place class.

Get an API key and enable the required APIs

Before using the Place class, you need to:

  • Create a Cloud project with a billing account.
  • Get an API key.
  • Enable the following APIs:
    • Maps JavaScript API
    • Places API
    • Places API (New) (required to use Text Search (New))
  • To learn more, see Set up your Google Cloud project.

    Get an API key

    Enable Places API (New)

    Load the Places Library

    To load the Places Library, first load the Maps JavaScript API, by adding the inline bootstrap loader to your application code, as shown in the following snippet:

      (g=>{var h,a,k,p="The Google Maps JavaScript API",c="google",l="importLibrary",q="__ib__",m=document,b=window;b=b[c]||(b[c]={});var d=b.maps||(b.maps={}),r=new Set,e=new URLSearchParams,u=()=>h||(h=new Promise(async(f,n)=>{await (a=m.createElement("script"));e.set("libraries",[...r]+"");for(k in g)e.set(k.replace(/[A-Z]/g,t=>"_"+t[0].toLowerCase()),g[k]);e.set("callback",c+".maps."+q);a.src=`https://maps.${c}`+e;d[q]=f;a.onerror=()=>h=n(Error(p+" could not load."));a.nonce=m.querySelector("script[nonce]")?.nonce||"";m.head.append(a)}));d[l]?console.warn(p+" only loads once. Ignoring:",g):d[l]=(f,...n)=>r.add(f)&&u().then(()=>d[l](f,...n))})({
        key: "YOUR_API_KEY",
        v: "weekly",
        // Use the 'v' parameter to indicate the version to use (weekly, beta, alpha, etc.).
        // Add other bootstrap parameters as needed, using camel case.

    Next, use the await operator to call importLibrary() from within an async function, as shown here:

      const {Place} = await google.maps.importLibrary("places");

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