How to change the map labels language based on visitor’s location

This tutorial shows how to automatically change the map labels language based on visitor’s location usign the MapTiler Geolocation API.

  1. Copy the following code, paste it into your favorite text editor, and save it as a .html file.

  2. Replace YOUR_MAPTILER_API_KEY_HERE with your actual MapTiler API key.

  3. The next it’s up to you. You can start the map in a different place by modifying the starting position and starting zoom, and you can change the look of the map to any of our styles, or yours, by updating the style URL. See what’s available here.</li>

  4. Install the npm package.

  5. Include the CSS file in the <head> of your HTML file.

    Including it with a <link> in the head of the document via the CDN is the simplest and easiest way to provide the CSS, but it is also bundled in the MapLibre module, meaning that if you have a bundler that can handle CSS, you can import the CSS from maplibre-gl/dist/maplibre-gl.css.
  6. Include the following code in your JavaScript file (Example: app.js).

  7. Call MapTiler’s Geolocation API to get information about the visitor’s location based on the IP address.

  8. Create the getLanguageByCountryAndRegion function. This function returns the language code based on country and region.

  9. Create the setMapLanguage function. This function Set the new language to all countries layers.

  10. Add event handler for map load event. You will add code to change disputed borders according to your map visitor’s location in this handler.

  11. Get the user’s IP country code and region code and call the getLanguageByCountryAndRegion and setMapLanguage functions.

  12. For right-to-left alphabets, use the mapbox-gl-rtl-text plugin to support right-to-left languages such as Arabic and Hebrew.

Learn more

Check out the tutorials How to center map based on visitor’s location, How to display disputed borders based on visitor’s location and How to display the cookies consent bar according to the visitor’s location.

Visit the MapTiler Geolocation API reference for Geolocation response object properties. Like for example, the name of the country, the city, etc.

Visit the MapTiler Planter schema to know how it is organized into different thematic layers and which attribute and values each layer contains.

Learn more about How to set the language for your map

Check out the How to handle Right-to-Left Texts in Maps

Read How to build a map that is easy to read for users from a specific country

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