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!