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. See what’s available here.

  4. Install the npm package.

  5. 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

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

  7. 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.

  8. Get the user’s IP country languages codes.

  9. Change the language of the map. In this example we will use the first language of the language array of the visitor’s country.

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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