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Release status: unmaintained
Implementation Parser function
Description Pulls data from the Google Places API into wiki pages
Author(s) Ike Hecht (Tosfostalk)
Latest version 1.1 (February 2017)
MediaWiki 1.25+
PHP 5.3+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
  • $wgGooglePlacesExpiry
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The GooglePlaces extension uses parser functions to pull data from the Google Places API into wiki pages. This extension is not for the faint of heart. Its focus is on functionality and not on ease of use. It works well, but a fair amount of knowledge about the Google Places API is required to get full use of this extension. Basic users can still copy the examples below.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called GooglePlaces in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php :
    wfLoadExtension( 'GooglePlaces' );
    $wgGooglePlacesAPIKey = /* GOOGLE API KEY GOES HERE */;
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.If downloading with git, you must run git submodule update --init from the extension directory.
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Configuration parametersEdit

(Required) Your API key from Google
How long to cache the API lookups. Defaults to 10 minutes.


Note: With either parser function, either or both parameters may be omitted and the extension will use the value that was contained in the previous parser function call that is on that same page.

The googleplaces parser functionEdit

The googleplaces parser function allows you to look up a place's details based on that place's Google Place ID. It takes two unnamed parameters.

  1. The first parameter is the Place ID. You can look that up using this page.
  2. The second parameter is the path through the API's response that contains the information you need, with each level separated by a ;. This page contains information about the fields that the API sends.


  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|name}} → Wikimedia Foundation Inc.
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|address_fixed;address_city}} → SF
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|address_fixed;address_state}} → CA
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|formatted_address}} → 149 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|formatted_phone_number}} → (415) 839-6885
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|geometry;location;lat}}, {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|geometry;location;lng}} → 37.786997, -122.399695
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|rating}} → 4.4
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|website}} → http://wikimediafoundation.org/
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|adr_address}} → <span class="street-address">149 New Montgomery Street</span>, <span class="locality">San Francisco</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <span class="postal-code">94105</span>, <span class="country-name">United States</span>
  • {{#googleplaces:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|opening_hours;weekday_text;0}} → Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The googleplacestype parser functionEdit

The googleplacestype parser function allows you to retrieve particular components of the address_components API response. It takes two or three unnamed parameters:

  1. The first parameter is the Place ID. You can look that up using this page.
  2. The second parameter is the type that the extension should search for. The extension will search through the address_components array until it finds an array containing this type. Google uses types contained in this list.
  3. (optional) The third parameter is the field (array key) that the extension should search for, within the array that matches the type that was requested. That is usually either long_name or short_name. If omitted, the extension will just pick the first value - usually long_name.


  • {{#googleplacestype:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|country|long_name}} → United States
  • {{#googleplacestype:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|country|short_name}} → US
  • {{#googleplacestype:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|country}} → United States
  • {{#googleplacestype:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|locality|long_name}} → San Francisco
  • {{#googleplacestype:ChIJKye2O32AhYAReYE_INe4rf4|locality|short_name}} → SF


  • It should be made more secure, with certificates.
  • Caching should be made optional.
  • Not all responses from Google (such as responses which are arrays) are easily accessible yet.