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Mapzen Search


Mapzen Search is a search engine for places worldwide, powered by open data. It turns addresses and place names into geographic coordinates, and turns geographic coordinates into places and addresses. With Mapzen Search, you’re able to turn your users’ place searches into actionable geodata and transform your geodata into real places.

Not only is Mapzen Search completely powered by open data, but it is available to everyone, and importantly open to all to make better. Powered by Mapzen’s open source geocoding project, Pelias, Mapzen is building it in the open using Node.js and Elasticsearch. It is open to collaboration from all to make searching our world better and smarter.

Maps Marker Pro as well as Mapzen think open data, open source, and open strategy win over proprietary solutions at any part of the stack and want to ensure the services offered are in line with that vision. We believe that an open geocoder improves over the long-term only if the community can incorporate truly representative local knowledge.

Terms of services

Since April 2017 Mapzen Search requires a (free) API key for using their service.

Usage limits

With a free API key up to 30.000 requests/day and a maximum of 6 requests/second are allowed.

Even higher limits are available upon request.

Tutorial: How to sign up for a free Mapzen Search API key

For authentication at https://mapzen.com a free Github account is needed – if you haven´t got one yet, please sign up first at https://github.com/join (a native signup-method without requiring a Github account is in preparation according to Mapzen Search).

  1. Head to https://mapzen.com/developers/
  2. Sign in by clicking the button “continue with github” and login with your Github username and password
  3. Click on the button “+ NEW KEY”:
  4. Give your key a name and copy it to your clipboard:
  5. Login to your WordPress site and head to Maps Marker Pro / Settings / Geocoding / “Mapzen Search settings” and paste this key into the settings field “API key”:
  6. Save Settings.

Done – you are now able to perform up to 30.000 requests/day and a maximum of 6 requests/second 🙂

Reference for all Mapzen Search settings


Local focus point

To focus your search based upon a geographical area, please provide latitude and longitude values.

Search within a particular country

Restrict search results be from a particular country. You can pass alpha-2 or alpha-3 ISO-3166 country codes.

Narrow search

Limit your search to a specific rectangle or circle.


Specify from which data sources you would like to receive results.


The type of record is referred to as its layer. All records are indexed into the layers.