Reverse Geocoding

Reverse geocoding generates an address from a latitude and longitude. The optional zoom parameter specifies the level of detail required in terms of something suitable for a Leaflet.js/OpenLayers/etc. zoom level.

  • format=[xml|json|jsonv2]

    • Output format.
    • jsonv2 adds the next fields to response:
      • place_rank
      • category
      • type
      • importance
      • addresstype
  • json_callback=<string>

    • Wrap json output in a callback function (JSONP) i.e. <string>(<json>)
  • accept-language=<browser language string>

    • Preferred language order for showing search results, overrides the value specified in the "Accept-Language" HTTP header.
    • Either uses standard rfc2616 accept-language string or a simple comma separated list of language codes.
  • osm_type=[N|W|R] osm_id=<value>

    • A specific osm node / way / relation to return an address for
    • Please use this in preference to lat/lon where possible
  • lat=<value> lon=<value>

    • The location to generate an address for
  • zoom=[0-18]

    • Level of detail required where 0 is country and 18 is house/building
  • addressdetails=[0|1]

    • defaults to 0
    • Include a breakdown of the address into elements
  • email=<valid email address>

    • If you are making large numbers of request please include a valid email address or alternatively include your email address as part of the User-Agent string.
    • This information will be kept confidential and only used to contact you in the event of a problem, see Usage Policy for more details.
  • polygon_geojson=1

    • Output geometry of results in geojson format.
  • polygon_kml=1

    • Output geometry of results in kml format.
  • polygon_svg=1

    • Output geometry of results in svg format.
  • polygon_text=1

    • Output geometry of results as a WKT.
  • polygon_threshold=0.0

    • defaults to 0.0
    • Simplify the output geometry before returning. The parameter is the tolerance in degrees with which the geometry may differ from the original geometry. Topology is preserved in the result.
  • extratags=1

    • Include additional information in the result if available, e.g. wikipedia link, opening hours.
  • namedetails=1

    • Include a list of alternative names in the results.
    • These may include language variants, references, operator and brand.


  <reversegeocode timestamp="Fri, 06 Nov 09 16:33:54 +0000" querystring="...">
    <result place_id="1620612" osm_type="node" osm_id="452010817">
      135, Pilkington Avenue, Wylde Green, City of Birmingham, West Midlands (county), B72, United Kingdom
      <road>Pilkington Avenue</road>
      <village>Wylde Green</village>
      <town>Sutton Coldfield</town>
      <city>City of Birmingham</city>
      <county>West Midlands (county)</county>
      <country>United Kingdom</country>
Example with format=jsonv2
  "licence":"Data © OpenStreetMap contributors, ODbL 1.0. http:\/\/\/copyright",
  "display_name":"Autopista Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, El Triángulo, Partido de Malvinas Argentinas, Buenos Aires, 1.619, Argentina",
  "name":"Autopista Pedro Eugenio Aramburu",
    "road":"Autopista Pedro Eugenio Aramburu",
    "village":"El Triángulo",
    "state_district":"Partido de Malvinas Argentinas",
    "state":"Buenos Aires",


  • Admin level => XML entity
    • 2 => <country>
    • 4 => <state>
    • 5 => <state_district>
    • 6
    • 7 => <county>
    • 8 => <village>
    • 9 => <city_district>
    • 10 => <suburb>