Are there any open data sources that can help correlate a given address to a latitude/longitude coordinate? aka geocoding

  • djc391 - please consider searching for similar questions at GIS SE May 23, 2013 at 20:14
  • The term for this is "geocoding" which may help your research efforts.
    – Tom Morris
    May 24, 2013 at 23:24

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Openstreetmap has an API which gives coordinates for an address, see Stackoverflow for an example

  • I'd suggest looking directly at the OSM Nominatim documentation. The SO example is focused on city/country lookup while the docs have examples of street address lookups.
    – Tom Morris
    May 28, 2013 at 13:47

You mention you want data sources, so I'm going to focus on where you can get information that helps match street addresses to coordinates, rather than APIs. If you can, go with a web service, but there's a certain masochistic pleasure in building your own geocoder from raw data!

OpenStreetMap is the most comprehensive worldwide source, and has good downloading instructions. The biggest drawback is that OSM has been focused on rendering maps, rather than gathering data, which means less visible information like postal codes and house numbers within a street are often not available. Geonames offers bulk downloads that can make up for a lot of the post code problems.

If you only care about the US, the Census's Tiger/LINE data set is very powerful. It has address ranges for house numbers, and can be loaded into PostGIS directly to create a turnkey geocoder.

Once you get beyond those, the data starts to get less structured. I'm fond of SimpleGeo's 21m points of interest, but almost any data set that includes both street addresses and coordinates is useful. Knowing more about what your application is would help me point you in the right direction.


FWIW, Karsten W.'s suggestion uses R, so I'm not sure what your tool of choice is, but here're two other options:

1.) A Python client, geopy, that hooks into the geocoders from:

• GoogleV3
• Yahoo!
• geocoder.us (free for non-commercial use, accounts available for commercial uses)
• GeoNames
• MediaWiki
• Semantic MediaWiki

I've used it for years. It's solid.

2.) One in Ruby (but I've no personal experience with it) that can use the geocoding APIs from:

• Google
• Yahoo!
• Bing
• Nominatim
• Yandex.ru
• Geocoder.ca
• Mapquest
• Ovi/Nokia
• FreeGeoIP
• MaxMind 

Texas A&M Geoservices has a few Geocoding Services/Tools available, however they are for the U.S. only.


Firstly, "geocoding" is the name of the task you're trying to achieve (might help with future Googling). The Geocommons geocoder is one example of an open-data-driven geocoder; I think they mostly use US Census data.

(As that example illustrates, a lot of this kind of data is country-specific, so a bit more detail in your question may produce better results.)


The CartoDB service offers geocoding for tables stored in their service. While CartoDB has a subscription fee, the software is open source. In the US, they use TIGER in a PostGIS and for the rest of the world, they use GeoNames.


List of Open/Open Source/Free-ish Geocoding Services and Tools (2017-05-10)

  1. Twofishes
    A coarse forward & reverse geocoder in scala.

  2. Geonames Geocode Webservice

  3. CesiumJS
    A widget for finding addresses and landmarks, and flying the camera to them. Geocoding is performed using the Bing Maps Locations API.

  4. Ruby Geocoder
    Complete Ruby geocoding solution.

  5. Geocoder Repository

  6. Yandex Maps Geocoding Service
    The Yandex.Maps service provides a geocoding service for its users. This service can get the coordinates and other information about an object using its name or address, as well as the opposite, using the coordinates of an object to get its address (reverse geocoding).

  7. Gisgraphy
    geocoding and geolocalisation webservices for Geonames, Openstreetmap, and quattroshapes data http://www.gisgraphy.com

  8. Gisgraphoid
    Gisgraphoid is a library to do geocoding on your Android mobile phone or tablet with the same Geocoder API as Google but with Gisgraphy. Runs on all Android versions, free, no Google API needed by the device, no API key, no limit. You can display the result on OpenStreetMap or Google Maps (Google API key required).

  9. Android Geocoder Class

  10. Geocoder PHP
    The almost missing PHP library!

  11. Drupal Geocoder Module

  12. Mapbox Geocoding Service

  13. Carto Geocoding
    From plain text to geometries.

  14. geocodio
    geocodio makes converting US and Canadian street addresses into map coordinates and vice versa as easy as uploading a spreadsheet. The first 2,500 addresses per day are free, and aditional lookups start at a $0.50 per 1,000 addresses ($0.0005/lookup).

  15. Mapquest Developer Open Geocoding API

  16. Apache Camel Geocoder Component

  17. JAVA API for Google geocoder v3

  18. Census Geocoder
    Census geocoder provides interactive & programmatic (REST) access to users interested in matching addresses to geographic locations and entities containing those addresses.

  19. FFIEC Geocoding/Mapping System
    The FFIEC Geocoding/Mapping System (System) helps financial institutions meet their legal requirement to report information on mortgage, business, and farm loan applications. Geocoding refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area/Metropolitan Division (MSA/MD), State, County, Census Tract combination (address information) that must be provided for each reported loan application and the System allows institutions to enter a street address to determine the corresponding geocode. The System also provides Census demographic information about a particular census tract, including income, population, and housing data. Please select the appropriate activity year for the address being geocoded. The tract definitions for 2015 and 2016 data are based on the 2010 Census, for 2017 data is based on the 2015 Census. It is critical that the correct activity year is selected when using the FFIEC Geocoding System.

  20. batchgeo
    Another upload a CSV -> Spit back geocoded dataset as a service; it appears to offer some services openly, though the details where not very obvious to me.

  21. BING Spatial Data Services
    Geocode and Data Source Limits can be found here for Bing Maps Account used with the Bing Spatial Data Services or the Bing Maps Dev Center at

  22. https://www.bingmapsportal.com/ to geocode entities and manage data sources.

  23. GPS Visualizer's Quick Geocoder
    Just an easy, in-browser tool if you need to check an address, etc.

  24. GPS Visualizer's Easy Batch Geocoder
    GPS Visualizer's Address Locator - Convert multiple addresses to GPS coordinates


Geocoding Resources


If i may, can i add one more platform called CSV2GEO that does batch geocoding , reverse geocoding and plenty other geolocation services. It has hybrid price model of free and paid options. The system can process from single line to millions of records. Disclaimer: I founded CSV2GEO.

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