user13286 user13286 - 5 months ago 25
Javascript Question

Google Maps API Autocomplete search without selecting from dropdown

I am using Google Maps API and the Autocomplete search feature. Currently, you must begin typing a location(city, state, zip, etc.) and then select a result from the dropdown for the map to center at that location. However, I would like to make this fool proof and set it up so that if someone types just a city or just a state and hits "enter" without selecting an Autocomplete result, it will still work. For instance, if someone types "New York" and hits "enter" without selecting a result in the dropdown, it will still center on New York.

I'm assuming this is accomplished by grabbing the first result from the Autocomplete dropdown if one is not selected manually.

I've added an event listener for the submission of the form, but not sure how to pass the first result into the "place" variable.

Here is my code:

function searchBar(map) {
var input = document.getElementById('search-input');
var searchform = document.getElementById('search-form');
var place;
var options = {componentRestrictions: {country: 'us'}};
var autocomplete = new google.maps.places.Autocomplete(input, options);

//Add listener to detect autocomplete selection
google.maps.event.addListener(autocomplete, 'place_changed', function () {
place = autocomplete.getPlace();
center = new google.maps.LatLng(,place.geometry.location.lng());

//Add listener to search
searchform.addEventListener('submit', function() {
center = new google.maps.LatLng(,place.geometry.location.lng());

//Reset the inpout box on click
input.addEventListener('click', function(){
input.value = "";

And here is a JSFiddle for experimentation.


There is no implemented way to access the places in the dropdown. Basically what you see in the dropdown are not places, there are only predictions. The details for a prediction will be loaded when you select a prediction.

So you must select a prediction programmatically.

How to achieve it:

Another way than clicking on a prediction is to use the down-key, the keycode is 40. The API listens to keydown-events of the input.

So when you hit enter:

  1. trigger keydown with a keycode 40(down)
  2. trigger keydown with a keycode 13(enter)

             if(e.keyCode===13 && !e.triggered){ 

Note: to avoid a infinite loop for the enter I've added a custom property triggered, so I'm able to bypass the triggered keydown inside the function.