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HTML5 Browser Geolocation Browser Support

By Sam Deering

So today in my spare time I wanted to see how different browsers behave with HTML Geolocation and Google Maps. So far, I have done the following browsers: Firefox 16, Chrome 23, IE9, IE8 and Safari 5 for Windows. It is supported by the modern browsers. Here are the results. For the record, I am near Brisbane, Australia.


Currently the W3C Geolocation API is supported by the following desktop browsers:

  • Firefox 3.5+
  • Chrome 5.0+
  • Safari 5.0+
  • Opera 10.60+
  • Internet Explorer 9.0+

View Project on GitHub

Firefox HTML5 Geolocation



Chrome HTML5 Geolocation


IE9 HTML5 Geolocation



IE8 HTML5 Geolocation


Safari (windows) HTML5 Geolocation


Some interesting results, especially IE9 getting the city wrong. I think I’ve seen Russia as the center of a viewport before so no surprises there. IE8 was never going to support this but I thought Safari for windows would. I will test on the Mac soon and post results. If you want to test your browser you can do so below. The geolocation can be used for other things not just plotting a point on a map: see W3c use cases for more examples.

Full Code Listing

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    Get Geolocation Using HTML5 Demo | jQuery4u



Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.

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