Geocoding Addresses

Geocoding — converting street addresses to latitude/longitude coordinates — is fast and easy with Map Maker.

Map Maker's built-in geocoder can quickly batch geocode your addresses to coordinates. Once geocoding is completed, you can export your geocoded results to a spreadsheet file and use them however you like.

Core Concepts:

  • Geocoding is managed via "tasks", which are processed by the geocoder.
  • A task may contain any number of entries (up to your plan's limit).
  • Each result has an associated "accuracy" which denotes the result's accuracy based on the input address.

Example: Geocoding

Step 1: In the left pane, click the "Geocode Address to lat,lng" button

The geocoder will open.

Step 2: In the geocoder, type a name for your task and copy/paste the addresses that you want to geocode (one per line).

In the example below, we have used the street addresses for some of the big tech companies:

Geocoder Window

Step 3: Click "Start Task".

You will receive a confirmation notice with the number of credits required to complete the geocoding task. The geocoder requires 1 credit per address, and the number of credits available depends on your account plan:

Confirmation Window

Step 4: To proceed with the task, click "Proceed With Import". You can also cancel the task at this time.

After proceeding with the import, a new "In Progress" task will appear under "Tasks" in the geocoder:

Pending Geocoder Task

Once the geocoder finishes geocoding, the in-progress task will also change to "Done" and you will receive a pop-up notification:

Geocoder Finished Notice

Step 5: Click the task in the geocoder, and the results will load:

Geocoder Finished Notice

You can download the geocoded results by clicking the "Export .csv" button.

NOTES:

  • The amount of time it takes for a task to complete depends on: 1) how busy the geocoder currently is with other tasks, and 2) the number of addresses in your task. Generally, for tasks with under 100 addresses, the geocoder should take no more than 3 minutes.
  • MAPS also hosts a free geocoding API service based on OpenStreepMaps (OSM) data.
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