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Access country from a Google Maps geocoding request

  • Hi Elliot,

    I am using the Google Maps field in the backend to geocode some addresses. However, the result set does not include a country but only the fully formatted address.

    I would find it really helpful if the whole response object was available for processing because it contains more information I could and would like act on.

  • Ok, I found out how to do this myself. It requires the following changes and I’d be glad to have them added.

    In acf-input.js #5307:

     if (item.types[0] == 'country') {
       acf.val( self.$el.find('.input-country'),item.short_name);

    Another change goes to google-map.php #84 ,the array gets one more entry after lang:

    'country' => ''

    These small changes add the short_name of the country to the saved data.

  • Hi @wloske

    You can always add the script by using the acf/input/admin_footer and then add a new text field to hold the country name. Please take a look at this page to learn how to work with ACF and Javascript:

    If you still want to have the country field added to the core files, please open a new ticket so your suggestion can be passed directly to the plugin author. You can open a new ticket here:

    I hope this helps 🙂

  • Hi James,

    thanks for pointing this possibility out. How would I be able to act upon a geocoding request. As far as I can see the geocoder response is not available to me when the script is loaded and no event is being fired to get hold of that response object. But I might have overseen something.



  • Hi @wloske

    I believe you need to execute it only when the page is loaded like this:

    <script type="text/javascript">
    (function($) {
        // execute the code when the page is loaded
            // Your code here

    Sometimes, you also need to watch the newly created element by using the on() function. This page should give you more idea about it:

    Hope this helps 🙂

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