Task: get users coordinates from browser, redirect to page with coordinates in params:


To request users’ location, we will use Web/API/Geolocation/getCurrentPosition with StimulusJS.

Create stimulus controller:

rails g stimulus geolocation
// app/javascript/controllers/geolocation_controller.js
import { Controller } from "@hotwired/stimulus"

const options = {
  enableHighAccuracy: true,
  maximumAge: 0

// Connects to data-controller="geolocation"
export default class extends Controller {
  static values = { url: String }

  search() {
    navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(this.success.bind(this), this.error, options);
  success(pos) {
    const crd = pos.coords;
    // redirect with coordinates in params

  error(err) {
    console.warn(`ERROR(${err.code}): ${err.message}`);

Finally, a button to get location:

<div data-controller="geolocation">
  <button data-action="geolocation#search">search near me</button>

💡 Interestingly, if you use this.success instead of this.success.bind(this), stimulus targets will not work within the success function.

Get address from coordinates #

Get address based on coordinates using geocoder, and search near the address:

# app/javascript/controllers/geolocation_controller.js
-    location.assign(`/locations/?place=${crd.latitude},${crd.longitude}`)
+    location.assign(`/locations/?coordinates=${crd.latitude},${crd.longitude}`)
# app/controllers/locations_controller.rb
  def index
+    if params[:coordinates].present?
+      place = Geocoder.search(params[:coordinates])
+      params[:place] = place.first.address
+    end

    if params[:place].present?
      @locations = Location.near(params[:place], params[:distance] || 10, order: :distance)
      @locations = Location.all

That’s it! Now you can get Geolocation with Javascript and use it within a Rails app!