28.4 google geocode


The geocode command takes a supplied address and produces specific location details.

$ ml geocode google [options] <address>
     -b            --google               Generate Google Maps URL.
     -g            --google             Generate Google Maps URL.
     -m <int>      --max=<int>          Maximum number of matches.
     -o            --osm                Generate Open Street Map URL.
     -u            --url                Generate Open Street Map URL.

The output, separated by commas, consists of the latitude:longitude (north/south : east/west) location, a bounding box for the region (south latitude : west longitude : north latitude : east longitude), the confidence that the identified location is a match, a match code (good, ambiguous, uphierarchy), the entity type. The remaining output is the identified address (which will generally has commas within it). In summary, that is:


The address will likely have embedded commas and so to extract just the address:

$ ml geocode google 12 smith street canberra
-35.24:149.05,-35.25:149.05:-35.25:149.05,...,...,12 Smith St, Weetangera ACT 2614, Australia

$ ml geocode google 12 smith street canberra | cut -d, -f5-
12 Smith St, Weetangera ACT 2614, Australia

If the location is ambiguous then several rows will be returned, one for each possible location.

You can control the maximum number of matches (1-20) with the default being 5, through -m or --max=.

Instead of providing the output described above you can request a URL (universal resource locator) be returned. The URL is a link to a map using either Open Street Map (preferred and default for -u, --url, -o or --osm``), Google Maps (-bor–google), or Google Maps (-gor–google`).

The following example splits the single line of output across several lines here for presentation. We geocode a specific locality:

$ ml geocode google --max=1 anzac parade

This identifies it as:

Anzac Parade, NSW, Australia

The URL generation defaults to producing a URL link to Open Street Maps:

$ ml geocode google --url anzac parade

There are actually three matches for this address.


You can copy and paste the URL into a browser. But suppose you want to display it directly into the browser:

$ brave-browser `ml geocode --url google anzac parade`

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