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Monday, February 14, 2011

How to get GPS Coords from Google Maps

If you frequently publish location maps, it will be useful to include the GPS coordinates of a place. Here is how you can get the GPS coords of a place without a GPS device and without been actually at the place but merely use from Google Maps to find the GPS of a particular spot in the map:
Update. An easier way is to surf to, type in the address in the search box, and presto, you get the GPS in 3 different modes - (h ddd.ddddd°), (h ddd° mm.mmm') or (h dd° mm' ss.s'')

1. Open Google Maps to the vicinity of the location
2. Right click on the mouse button and select "center map here" from the drop down button.
3. Paste this javascript code that I keep saved somewhere convenient on my computer into my browser's URL address window.


4. Click the "go to the address in the location bar" button usually to the right of the address.
5. A popup appears showing the coordinates of the center of the map like this: (3.1373986968592757, 101.62799835205078)
6. Right click on the coordinates the copy and click either "OK" or "Cancel" or "copy"
7. Paste the coordinates into google's "search maps" text box, remove the parenthesis and click "Search Maps"
8. A popup appears with a marker for the centered spot. The popup has the coordinates in both Decimal Degrees and Degrees, Minutes, Seconds.
9. I refine as and if necessary and I have my way point for inserting into my GPS.

I hope some of you find this useful. I know I do.

Best Regards,
David B. Robert founder of


Anonymous said...

More easy, just type the address or point in the map to find the coordinates,

Peter @ Enviroman said...

Thanks Steve for letting us know about the easier way to get GGPS coords. I will update the post.