Glossary

geocoding

Geocoding is the process of taking an address or name of a place and converting it into latitude and longitude values. The Mapbox Geocoding API allows you to performs two types of geocoding: forward geocoding and reverse geocoding.

Forward geocoding converts text into geographic coordinates. For example, forward geocoding turns the address 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW into coordinate values of -77.050,38.889.

Reverse geocoding converts geographic coordinates into a text description, for example, turning -77.050,38.889 into the address 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW.

You can access the Mapbox Geocoding API directly, or by using one of several wrapper libraries to integrate it into applications across platforms.

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Mapbox plugins and wrapper libraries that can be used to initiate geocoding requests:

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