v2.1.7 (Oct 13, 2015)
Feb 11, 2014
Jun 4, 2021 (Retired)
Walker Crouse (windy1)
Walker Crouse (windy1)
Michael Basil (intrications)
Jim Kirkbride (jameskbride)
Guillaume Bero (gbero)
Alan Bouzek (abouzek)
Sam Bock (nonvirtualthunk)
JA. Noe. (janoe)
Tercio Filho (0x3333)
Seb Doncker (seb-doncker)
Source code



Notice: Before using this library, you must register an API key for Google Places API.

Notice 2: The release of v2 brings many breaking changes. You will almost certainly need to make adjustments and recompile after upgrading to the latest version. This is because many deprecations from previous iterations of this library and the Google Places API specification have been removed for conciseness including the removal of Events. Previous iterations of this library will stop working once the deprecations in the API specification are removed and it is imperative that you update ASAP to ensure your applications continue to work.

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With Maven (make sure you are using the latest version):


With Gradle (make sure you are using the latest version):

repositories {

dependencies {
    compile 'se.walkercrou:google-places-api-java:2.1.2'
    compile 'org.apache.httpcomponents:httpclient-android:'

Or just download the JAR with all dependencies included from the releases. Do not use the JAR if you are using Android, it will cause an error.

Creating the client

GooglePlaces client = new GooglePlaces("yourApiKey");

You may optionally provide your own RequestHandler to delegate HTTP traffic

GooglePlaces client = new GooglePlaces("yourApiKey", new MyRequestHandler());

Place Searches

Nearby Search Requests

You can search for places near specific latitude-longitude coordinates with a radius (in meters):

List<Place> places = client.getNearbyPlaces(lat, lng, radius, GooglePlaces.MAXIMUM_RESULTS);

You can retrieve at most 60 results. Every 20 results a new HTTP GET request will have to be made and also has a delay of 3 seconds because of API restrictions. You can omit the 'limit' parameter and it will default to 20 which will only ever require one HTTP GET request.

Text Search Requests

You can also search for locations by search query. This is the same backend system that Google Maps uses.

List<Place> places = client.getPlacesByQuery("Empire State Building", GooglePlaces.MAXIMUM_RESULTS);

Radar Search Requests

You can also use the "radar" method of finding locations.

List<Place> places = client.getPlacesByRadar(lat, lng, radius, GooglePlaces.MAXIMUM_RESULTS);

Additional Url Parameters

If you need to add additional URL parameters to the request URL you can append as many Param objects as you want to any request method.

List<Place> places = client.getPlacesByQuery("Empire State Building", GooglePlaces.MAXIMUM_RESULTS,"language").value("en"),"opennow").value(true));

Place Details

Any of the above getters will only get you limited information about the returned Place. You can get a much more in-depth Place object with Place#getDetails(Param...):

Here's one way I can get detailed information about the Empire State Building.

List<Place> places = client.getPlacesByQuery("Empire State Building", GooglePlaces.MAXIMUM_RESULTS);
Place empireStateBuilding = null;
for (Place place : places) {
    if (place.getName().equals("Empire State Building")) {
        empireStateBuilding = place;

if (empireStateBuilding != null) {
    Place detailedEmpireStateBuilding = empireStateBuilding.getDetails(); // sends a GET request for more details
    // Just an example of the amount of information at your disposal:
    System.out.println("ID: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getId());
    System.out.println("Name: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getName());
    System.out.println("Phone: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getPhoneNumber());
    System.out.println("International Phone: " + empireStateBuilding.getInternationalPhoneNumber());
    System.out.println("Website: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getWebsite());
    System.out.println("Always Opened: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.isAlwaysOpened());
    System.out.println("Status: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getStatus());
    System.out.println("Google Place URL: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getGoogleUrl());
    System.out.println("Price: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getPrice());
    System.out.println("Address: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getAddress());
    System.out.println("Vicinity: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getVicinity());
    System.out.println("Reviews: " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getReviews().size());
    System.out.println("Hours:\n " + detailedEmpireStateBuilding.getHours());

This will print something like:

ID: bc232d2422e7068b2a2ffb314f02e3733dd47796
Name: Empire State Building
Phone: (212) 736-3100
International Phone: null
Always Opened: false
Status: OPENED
Google Place URL:
Price: NONE
Address: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY, United States
Vicinity: 350 5th Ave, New York
Reviews: 5
SUNDAY 08:00 -- MONDAY 02:00
MONDAY 08:00 -- TUESDAY 02:00
TUESDAY 08:00 -- WEDNESDAY 02:00
THURSDAY 08:00 -- FRIDAY 02:00
FRIDAY 08:00 -- SATURDAY 02:00
SATURDAY 08:00 -- SUNDAY 02:00


Once you have a detailed Place object, you can download it's "Icon" with the following.

BufferedImage image = place.downloadIcon().getIconImage();

If you are working on Android, javax.imageio is not implemented. You can create a Bitmap from the icon with:

InputStream stream = place.downloadIcon().getIconInputStream();
Bitmap bitmap = BitmapFactory.decodeStream(stream);

Place Actions

Add Place

Places can be added to Google Places API through this library. Added Places are only visible to your application until they are approved by Google's moderation process. This can be checked with Place.getScope().

You must begin by building the Place input via the PlaceBuilder class.

PlaceBuilder builder = new PlaceBuilder(locationName, latitude, longitude, "type1", "type2"...)

The constructor arguments are the only required arguments to add a place to Google Places but filling out the building more completely will help your Place get approved by the moderation process faster.

       .phoneNumber("(000) 000-0000")
       .address("4 John St")

You must then pass the builder as an argument of GooglePlaces.addPlace().

Place place = client.addPlace(builder, true);

Delete Place

You can delete places with:


Place Photos

You can retrieve photos of places from Google as well. For example, here's how I can choose a random photo from a place and save it to disk.

List<Photo> photos = place.getPhotos();
Photo photo = photos.get(new Random().nextInt(photos.size()));
BufferedImage image =;

File file = new File("test.jpg");
ImageIO.write(image, "jpg", file);

You can also specify a max width and max height for the image. The aspect ratio of the image will always be maintained.

BufferedImage image =, 100).getImage();

To specify one and not the other, just set one of them to -1. If you do not specify them, the max size (1600) will be passed. NOTE: You must pass at least one of the size parameters.

If you are working on Android, javax.imageio is not implemented, so you can create a bitmap from a photo with.

InputStream stream =;
Bitmap bitmap = BitmapFactory.decodeStream(stream);

Remember not to execute this code on the main thread.


Place prediction

You can receive auto-complete predictions for Places with:

List<Prediction> predictions = client.getPlacePredictions("Empire");

As you might expect, The Empire State Building is the first result returned here. The prediction object contains a human-readable description and a Place accessor so you can easily build a UI around it. (Particularly useful for Android development)

Query prediction

You can also receive auto-complete predictions for Places with general queries such as "pizza in New York".

List<Prediction> predictions = client.getQueryPredictions("pizza in New York");

Android integration

Just remember that if you are using this library with Android you should never execute network code on the main thread. Either run it in another thread...

new Thread(new Runnable() {
    public void run() {
        // do something

...or run it in an AsyncTask.


Documentation for this project can be found at this location.


This project uses Apache Maven. Create a file called src/main/resources/places_api.key with your Google Places API key before running tests and building with mvn.