Umer Pasha Blogs

Finding GeoLocation using HTML5

on May 2, 2012

HTML5 is really fun. Its like combining old school coding with ease of HTML and technology of the future.

Today I tried out geolocation services within HTML5. Turned out it is as easy as anything!

First you need to check if your browser supports that aspect of HTML5. As always….. i prefer Chrome over IE 😛

Here is the required Javascript:

window.onload = getMyLocation;

function getMyLocation() {

if (navigator.geolocation) {



else {

alert(“Sorry, no geolocation support”);



The following JS will actually determine your location. I am assuming you have a div in HTML named “mylocation”. That is where the coordinates will appear:


function showLocation(position) {
var latitude = position.coords.latitude;
var longitude = position.coords.longitude;

var div = document.getElementById(“mylocation”);
div.innerHTML = “Latitude: ” + latitude + “, Longitude: ” + longitude;
div.innerHTML += ” (with ” + position.coords.accuracy + ” meters accuracy)”;


And that is about it….. this is the very basic information though but a good starting point. You can do a lot more than this…. calculate distance, convert distance units, map it on google maps etc.

Good luck integrating!!!


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