Get GeoLocation using jQuery (API) GeoPlugin

Sam Deering

jQuery offers a great way to find out where your website visitors geographic location. With a simple jQuery GeoLocation API call you find out your website viewers Country, Region & City. You can also find out thier Longitude and Latitude values to hook upto Google Maps to show where they are viewing from. The great news is that this service is completely free! :)

I’ve included an alert box to help you get it working, you should see something like this:

geo-location-alert

How to use jQuery GeoLocation:

  1. Copy the jQuery code below into the section of your webpage
  2. Copy the HTML code below into the section of your webpage
  3. Watch it’s magic!

jQuery Code:

<script type="text/javascript">
jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
	alert("Your location is: " + geoplugin_countryName() + ", " + geoplugin_region() + ", " + geoplugin_city());

	var country = geoplugin_countryName();
	$("#country").append("<option value='1' selected>"+country+"</option>");

	var zone = geoplugin_region();
	$("#zone").append("<option value='1' selected>"+zone+"</option>");

	var district = geoplugin_city();
	$("#district").append("<option value='1' selected>"+district+"</option>");
});
</script>

HTML Code:

<label for="country">Country</label>
<select id="country" name="country" >
	  <option value="" selected></option>
</select><br />
<label for="zone">Region</label>
<select id="zone" name="zone" >
	  <option value="" selected></option>
</select><br />
<label for="district">City</label>
<select id="district" name="district" >
	  <option value="" selected></option>
</select>

Demo

It could be useful for registration forms which require the user to fill in thier location details, this is a form that I have auto populate form select dropdowns using jQuery GeoLocation method above:

geo-location-form

You can view a live demo of this on signup form.

GeoLocation API Details

GeoPlugin offers the following features:

  • Geo Location services
  • Location Statistics
  • Currency Converter
  • Location codes, symbols & abbreviations
  • Latitude/Longitude to place or post code

Geo Location services are available in the following formats and programming languages:

  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • JSON
  • XML
  • ASP

Full details can be found here: http://www.geoplugin.com/webservices/javascript

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