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Python | Get a set of places according to search query using Google Places API

  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 27 Nov, 2019

Google Places API Web Service allow the user to query for place information on a variety of categories, such as establishments, prominent points of interest, geographic locations, and more. One can search for places either by proximity or a text string. A Place Search returns a list of places along with summary information about each place; additional information is available via a Place Details query.

Text Search Service of Google Places Api is used here, which is a web service that returns information about a set of places based on a string. For example “Hotels in Delhi” or “shoe stores near Oshawa”. The service responds with a list of places matching the text string and any location bias that has been set.

To use this service, the user must need an API key, which one can get form here.

Let’s try to use this API service using Python. The modules which will be used are requests and json.

Below is the implementation :

# Python program to get a set of 
# places according to your search 
# query using Google Places API
# importing required modules
import requests, json
# enter your api key here
api_key = 'Your_API_key'
# url variable store url
# The text string on which to search
query = input('Search query: ')
# get method of requests module
# return response object
r = requests.get(url + 'query=' + query +
                        '&key=' + api_key)
# json method of response object convert
#  json format data into python format data
x = r.json()
# now x contains list of nested dictionaries
# we know dictionary contain key value pair
# store the value of result key in variable y
y = x['results']
# keep looping upto length of y
for i in range(len(y)):
    # Print value corresponding to the
    # 'name' key at the ith index of y

Output :

Search query: Hotels in delhi

ITC Maurya
Le Meridien New Delhi
The Imperial New Delhi
Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar
The Lalit New Delhi
Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini
Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi
The Claridges
The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi
Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
Hotel City Park
Radisson Blu New Delhi Dwarka
The Ashok Hotel
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
Mapple Emerald
The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa
The Umrao
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
Welcome Hotel Dwarka

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