How to center map based on visitor’s location

This tutorial demonstrates the utilization of the geolocate: maptilersdk.GeolocationType.POINT option to automatically center the map according to the user’s location, making use of the MapTiler Geolocation API]({:target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”}.

By employing this feature, it becomes effortless to determine What is your location? (based on the IP address).

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

  2. Install the npm package.

  3. Include the CSS file.

    If you have a bundler that can handle CSS, you can import the CSS or include it with a <link> in the head of the document via the CDN

  4. Include the following code in your JavaScript file (Example: app.js).

  5. Replace YOUR_MAPTILER_API_KEY_HERE with your actual MapTiler API key.

  6. The next is up to you. You can center your map wherever you desire (modifying the starting position) and set an appropriate zoom level (modifying the starting zoom) to match your users’ needs. Additionally, you can change the map’s look (by updating the source URL); choose from a range of visually appealing map styles from our extensive MapTiler standard maps, or create your own to truly differentiate your application.

  7. Modify the map options. Remove the center and zoom options and add the geolocate option.

  8. Now the map options should look like this.

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The map view can also be adjusted to the visitor’s country bounds. To do this, follow the How to center map based on visitor’s country bounds tutorial.

Check out the tutorials How to display disputed borders based on visitor’s location, How to change the map labels language 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.

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