The geocoding service enables you to take an address and get the associated latitude and longitude. You can also use any latitude and longitude pair and get the associated address. Three types of geocoding are offered: address, reverse, and batch. Using Geocoder you can retrieve MapQuest’s geocoded data from Geocoding Service.


>>> import geocoder
>>> g = geocoder.mapquest('San Francisco, CA', key='<API KEY>')
>>> g.json

Reverse Geocoding

>>> import geocoder
>>> g = geocoder.mapquest([45.15, -75.14], method='reverse', key='<API KEY>')
>>> g.json

Command Line Interface

$ geocode 'San Francisco, CA' --provider mapquest --out geojson

Environment Variables

To make sure your API key is store safely on your computer, you can define that API key using your system’s environment variables.

$ export MAPQUEST_API_KEY=<Secret API Key>


  • location: Your search location you want geocoded.
  • method: (default=geocode) Use the following:
    • geocode