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react-geolocated - React hook for using Geolocation API


Basic demo can be found at the demo page.

HOC version

This package used to be a HOC, not a hook. If you want to use the HOC version, please stick with versions < 4.

Basic Usage

Install using npm:

npm install react-geolocated --save

Then use in your application like this:

import React from "react";
import { useGeolocated } from "react-geolocated";

const Demo = () => {
    const { coords, isGeolocationAvailable, isGeolocationEnabled } =
            positionOptions: {
                enableHighAccuracy: false,
            userDecisionTimeout: 5000,

    return !isGeolocationAvailable ? (
        <div>Your browser does not support Geolocation</div>
    ) : !isGeolocationEnabled ? (
        <div>Geolocation is not enabled</div>
    ) : coords ? (
    ) : (
        <div>Getting the location data&hellip; </div>

export default Demo;

Hook return value

The values returned from the hook are:

    coords: {
    timestamp, // timestamp of when the last position was retrieved
    isGeolocationAvailable, // boolean flag indicating that the browser supports the Geolocation API
    isGeolocationEnabled, // boolean flag indicating that the user has allowed the use of the Geolocation API
    positionError, // object with the error returned from the Geolocation API call
    getPosition, // a callback you can use to trigger the location query manually

The coords value is equivalent to the Coordinates object and the positionError is equivalent to the PositionError.


The useGeolocated hook takes optional configuration parameter:

    positionOptions: {
        enableHighAccuracy: true,
        maximumAge: 0,
        timeout: Infinity,
    watchPosition: false,
    userDecisionTimeout: null,
    suppressLocationOnMount: false,
    geolocationProvider: navigator.geolocation,
    isOptimisticGeolocationEnabled: true,

The positionOptions object corresponds to the PositionOptions of the Geolocation API.

By default the component only sets position once. To watch the user's position and provide live updates to position, set watchPosition = true. The geolocation event handler is unregistered when the component unmounts.

If set, the userDecisionTimeout determines how much time (in milliseconds) we give the user to make the decision whether to allow to share their location or not. In Firefox, if the user declines to use their location, the Geolocation API call does not end with an error. Therefore we want to fallback to the error state if the user declines and the API does not tell us.

The location is obtained when the component mounts by default. If you want to prevent this and get the location later, set the suppressLocationOnMount to true and use the getLocation function returned by the hook to trigger the geolocation query manually.

The geolocationProvider allows to specify alternative source of the geolocation API. This was added mainly for testing purposes, however feel free to use it if need be.

The isOptimisticGeolocationEnabled allows you to set the default value of isGeolocationEnabled. By default it is true, which means isGeolocationEnabled will be true on first render. There may be cases where you don't want to assume that the user will give permission, ie you want the first value to for isGeolocationEnabled to be false. In that case, you can set isOptimisticGeolocationEnabled to false.

The onError callback is called when the geolocation query fails or when the time for the user decision passes. The onSuccess is called when the geolocation query succeeds.

Browser support

The package supports all the browsers with ES6 support (i.e. any modern browser). If you need to support IE11, stick to version < 4 of this package.


Many thanks belong to @mcumpl for the original idea for this as well as many suggestions and comments.

This project uses the react-component-boilerplate.


react-geolocated is available under MIT. See LICENSE for more details.