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Hackernoon logoCreate your React.js Address Autocomplete Component in 10 minutes ⏰ by@welly

Create your React.js Address Autocomplete Component in 10 minutes ⏰

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Hi guys, I want to introduce use-places-autocomplete. It's a React.js hook for Google Maps Places Autocomplete. With it you can build your own places autocomplete UI like the following demo easily! Hope you guys 👍🏻 it.

⚡️ Try yourself:


  • 🧠 Provides intelligent places suggestions powered by Google Maps Places API.
  • 🎣 Builds your own customized autocomplete UI by React hook.
  • 🔧 Utility functions to do geocoding and get geographic coordinates using Google Maps Geocoding API.
  • 💰 Built-in debounce mechanism for you to lower the cost of Google APIs.
  • 🚀 Supports asynchronous Google script loading.
  • 📜 Supports TypeScript type definition.
  • ⌨️ Builds a UX-rich component (e.g. WAI-ARIA compliant and keyword support) via comprehensive demo code.
  • 🦔 Tiny size (~ 1.3KB gzipped). No external dependencies, aside for the react.

How does it work?

First, use the script tag to load the library in your project.

<script src=""></script>

Start to build our component. Check the API out to learn more.

import usePlacesAutocomplete, {
} from "use-places-autocomplete";
import useOnclickOutside from "react-cool-onclickoutside";

const PlacesAutocomplete = () => {
  const {
    suggestions: { status, data },
  } = usePlacesAutocomplete({
    requestOptions: {
      /* Define search scope here */
    debounce: 300,
  const ref = useOnclickOutside(() => {
    // When user clicks outside of the component, we can dismiss
    // the searched suggestions by calling this method

  const handleInput = (e) => {
    // Update the keyword of the input element

  const handleSelect = ({ description }) => () => {
    // When user selects a place, we can replace the keyword without request data from API
    // by setting the second parameter to "false"
    setValue(description, false);

    // Get latitude and longitude via utility functions
    getGeocode({ address: description })
      .then((results) => getLatLng(results[0]))
      .then(({ lat, lng }) => {
        console.log("📍 Coordinates: ", { lat, lng });
      .catch((error) => {
        console.log("😱 Error: ", error);

  const renderSuggestions = () => => {
      const {
        structured_formatting: { main_text, secondary_text },
      } = suggestion;

      return (
        <li key={place_id} onClick={handleSelect(suggestion)}>
          <strong>{main_text}</strong> <small>{secondary_text}</small>

  return (
    <div ref={ref}>
        placeholder="Where are you going?"
      {/* We can use the "status" to decide whether we should display the dropdown or not */}
      {status === "OK" && <ul>{renderSuggestions()}</ul>}

Easy right? This is the magic of the usePlacesAutocomplete ✨. I just show you how does it work via the minimal example. However there're more things you can do for an UX rich autocomplete component, like WAI-ARIA compliant and keyword support as my demo (check the code), a keyword clear button, search history etc.

💡 react-cool-onclickoutside is my other hook library, which can help you handle the interaction of user clicks outside of the component(s).

Thanks for reading, for more usage details checkout the project's GitHub page:

You can also install this package is distributed via npm.

$ yarn add use-places-autocomplete
# or
$ npm install --save use-places-autocomplete

When working with TypeScript you need to install the @types/googlemaps as a devDependencies.

$ yarn add --dev @types/googlemaps
# or
$ npm install --save-dev @types/googlemaps


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