GET Google Maps Images from Address Text

GET Google Maps Images from Address Text

Static Maps API & Appsmith Tutorial

Today I will be integrating with Google's Static Maps API and using Appsmith to retrieve a map image, given a text-string street address.

There's a bit of setup involved if you've never used the Google Cloud Platform before. You'll have to accept the terms and set up billing, but you can also get a free trial if haven't used it yet.

Google's own guides on enabling the API and creating a project are great, so I'm just going to link them here and skip to the fun stuff.

📍 Enable the Static Maps API

⚙️ Appsmith Setup

  • Add new Datasource: Create New> API > GET

Parameters:

{
  sensor: false,
  center: {{address.text.replace(/\W/g,'+')}},
  key: 'YOUR_API_KEY',
  size: '512x512'
}
  • Add new Widgets
TypeNameValue/ Settings
InputaddressOnTextChange: {{function({if(live.isSwitchedOn{addressToImage.run()}}()}}
SwitchliveDefault: Off
ButtonsubmitRun a Query: addressToImage
Imageimage{{addressToImage.data}}

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DEPLOY! 🚀

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WARNING! ☠️⚠️

I don't recommend using the live search in a public app or anything with a lot of users.

It's just a fun experiment to see the image update in real time as you type. But it'll definitely rack up some charges quick if you're not careful.


Thanks for reading! This was a fun one 🤓

Here's the entire app definition for anyone that wants to skip the build and just import the app.

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