Google Map

Last updated Oct 26, 2023


The Google Map field provides an interactive map interface for selecting a location. This field type uses the Google Maps JS API to provide autocomplete searching, reverse geocoding lookup and an interactive marker.

New The Google Map field saves more location data in version 5.8.6!



  • Added more location data to the value in version 5.8.6.
  • Added acf/fields/google_map/api filter in version 4.3.9


  • Center
    Defines the initial map center point latitude and longitude.

  • Zoom
    Sets the initial zoom level of the map.

  • Height
    Sets the height of the map.


In order use of the Google Maps JavaScript API, you must first register a valid API key. To obtain an API key, please follow Google’s Get an API Key instructions. The Google Maps field requires the following APIs; Maps JavaScript API, Geocoding API and Places API.

To register your Google API key, please use one of the following methods.

// Method 1: Filter.
function my_acf_google_map_api( $api ){
    $api['key'] = 'xxx';
    return $api;
add_filter('acf/fields/google_map/api', 'my_acf_google_map_api');

// Method 2: Setting.
function my_acf_init() {
    acf_update_setting('google_api_key', 'xxx');
add_action('acf/init', 'my_acf_init');

Template usage

The Google Map field returns an array of data for the selected location. The minimum data returned will include address, lat and lng values.

New Since version 5.8.6, the minimum data will also include the current zoom level alongside optional data for street_number, street_name, city, state, post_code and country. Not all location results will return values for optional data keys, therefore it is important to first check if the data exists. Some optional data is also provided in a shortened format and is saved with a key suffix of “_short”.

To display the saved location into a Google Map, please use the helper code.

Google Maps helper code

The following code provides helper functionality to use in your project.

<style type="text/css">
.acf-map {
    width: 100%;
    height: 400px;
    border: #ccc solid 1px;
    margin: 20px 0;

// Fixes potential theme css conflict.
.acf-map img {
   max-width: inherit !important;
<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
(function( $ ) {

 * initMap
 * Renders a Google Map onto the selected jQuery element
 * @date    22/10/19
 * @since   5.8.6
 * @param   jQuery $el The jQuery element.
 * @return  object The map instance.
function initMap( $el ) {

    // Find marker elements within map.
    var $markers = $el.find('.marker');

    // Create gerenic map.
    var mapArgs = {
        zoom        : $'zoom') || 16,
        mapTypeId   : google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP
    var map = new google.maps.Map( $el[0], mapArgs );

    // Add markers.
    map.markers = [];
        initMarker( $(this), map );

    // Center map based on markers.
    centerMap( map );

    // Return map instance.
    return map;

 * initMarker
 * Creates a marker for the given jQuery element and map.
 * @date    22/10/19
 * @since   5.8.6
 * @param   jQuery $el The jQuery element.
 * @param   object The map instance.
 * @return  object The marker instance.
function initMarker( $marker, map ) {

    // Get position from marker.
    var lat = $'lat');
    var lng = $'lng');
    var latLng = {
        lat: parseFloat( lat ),
        lng: parseFloat( lng )

    // Create marker instance.
    var marker = new google.maps.Marker({
        position : latLng,
        map: map

    // Append to reference for later use.
    map.markers.push( marker );

    // If marker contains HTML, add it to an infoWindow.
    if( $marker.html() ){

        // Create info window.
        var infowindow = new google.maps.InfoWindow({
            content: $marker.html()

        // Show info window when marker is clicked.
        google.maps.event.addListener(marker, 'click', function() {
   map, marker );

 * centerMap
 * Centers the map showing all markers in view.
 * @date    22/10/19
 * @since   5.8.6
 * @param   object The map instance.
 * @return  void
function centerMap( map ) {

    // Create map boundaries from all map markers.
    var bounds = new google.maps.LatLngBounds();
    map.markers.forEach(function( marker ){
            lng: marker.position.lng()

    // Case: Single marker.
    if( map.markers.length == 1 ){
        map.setCenter( bounds.getCenter() );

    // Case: Multiple markers.
    } else{
        map.fitBounds( bounds );

// Render maps on page load.
        var map = initMap( $(this) );


Render a single marker onto a map

This example demonstrates how to display a Google Map field value on a map. Note the aforementioned Helper code is required to convert the HTML into an interactive map.

$location = get_field('location');
if( $location ): ?>
    <div class="acf-map" data-zoom="16">
        <div class="marker" data-lat="<?php echo esc_attr($location['lat']); ?>" data-lng="<?php echo esc_attr($location['lng']); ?>"></div>
<?php endif; ?>

Render multiple markers onto a map

This example demonstrates how to display multiple Google Map field values on the same map. In this example, a Repeater field is used to define a Title, Description and Location. Note the aforementioned Helper code is required to convert the HTML into an interactive map.

<?php if( have_rows('locations') ): ?>
    <div class="acf-map" data-zoom="16">
        <?php while ( have_rows('locations') ) : the_row(); 

            // Load sub field values.
            $location = get_sub_field('location');
            $title = get_sub_field('title');
            $description = get_sub_field('description');
            <div class="marker" data-lat="<?php echo esc_attr($location['lat']); ?>" data-lng="<?php echo esc_attr($location['lng']); ?>">
                <h3><?php echo esc_html( $title ); ?></h3>
                <p><em><?php echo esc_html( $location['address'] ); ?></em></p>
                <p><?php echo esc_html( $description ); ?></p>
    <?php endwhile; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

Display location address details

New This example demonstrates how to display location address details. These details can be found in a value saved since version 5.6.8.

$location = get_field('location');
if( $location ) {

    // Loop over segments and construct HTML.
    $address = '';
    foreach( array('street_number', 'street_name', 'city', 'state', 'post_code', 'country') as $i => $k ) {
        if( isset( $location[ $k ] ) ) {
            $address .= sprintf( '<span class="segment-%s">%s</span>, ', $k, $location[ $k ] );

    // Trim trailing comma.
    $address = trim( $address, ', ' );

    // Display HTML.
    echo '<p>' . $address . '.</p>';


<p>123, Foo Bar Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia.</p>


Rendering a hidden map

Initializing a Google Map on a hidden element can lead to unexpected results when shown. To solve this problem, trigger a “resize” event on the map variable after the map element is visible.

google.maps.event.trigger(map, 'resize');