Search Ahead API

What is the Search Ahead API?

Search Ahead is a newly updated predictive search API that provides suggestions as a user inputs a query into a search bar.

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What it can do for you

Reduce Errors and Poor Results

Misspelled street names and misplaced digits are a thing of the past. Autocomplete ensures a search for 1060 W. Addison St, instead of 1060 W. Adison.

Get Where You’re Going, Faster

Spend less time on manual entry and more time actually getting users to their desired point of interest.

Better User Experience

Provides a better user experience by suggesting addresses and places as the user is typing.

True Flexibility

Allows users to use their own backend data with the service through the use of custom dictionaries.

Key Features

Addresses

Better support for grid addresses and intersection suggestions.

AdminAreas

Autocompletion recognizes cities (e.g. Albuquerque), zip codes (e.g. 90210) and countries (e.g. Canada).

Airports

When users enter “San,” predictive search returns both San Francisco, CA, as well as SFO.

GeoJSON

Results are GeoJSON, making them flexible and easy to integrate.

Pre-assembled DisplayString

Hit the ground running with with a pre-assembled displayString.

Customized Display

Individual components (properties) within the response allow you to customize what you display.

How it Looks

{
  "request": {
    "q": "den",
    "limit": 10,
    "collection": [
      "address",
      "adminArea",
      "airport"
    ]
  },
  "results": [
    {
      "id": "mqiD: 10002325",
      "displayString": "Denver International Airport (DEN), 8500 Pena Blvd, Denver, CO",
      "name": "Denver International Airport (DEN)",
      "recordType": "airport",
      "collection": [
        "airport"
      ],
      "mqId": 10002325,
      "slug": "/us/colorado/denver-international-airport-den-10002325",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
            -104.671828,
            39.840072
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "city": "Denver",
          "stateCode": "CO",
          "postalCode": "80249",
          "countryCode": "US",
          "street": "8500 Pena Blvd",
          "type": "address"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "id": "category:86dce0d7ad4a3ed7c158bd5184e9f279",
      "sic": [
        "802101"
      ],
      "displayString": "Dentists",
      "name": "Dentists",
      "collection": [
        "category"
      ],
      "language": "en"
    },
    {
      "id": "category:47f912daf76a0014c575a8cde009f198",
      "sic": [
        "581208F97"
      ],
      "name": "Denny's",
      "recordType": "franchise",
      "collection": [
        "franchise"
      ],
      "language": "en"
    },
    {
      "id": "mqId:282932003",
      "displayString": "Denver County, CO, US",
      "name": "Denver County",
      "recordType": "county",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
           -104.984853,
           39.738453
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "countryCode": "US",
          "county": "Denver County",
          "type": "county",
          "stateCode": "CO"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "id": "mqId:282041090",
      "displayString": "Denver, Denver County, CO, US",
      "name": "Denver",
      "recordType": "city",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "slug": "/us/co/denver",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
           -104.984853,
           39.738453
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "city": "Denver",
          "stateCode": "CO",
          "county": "Denver County",
          "countryCode": "US",
          "type": "city"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "id": "mqId:282583093",
      "displayString": "The Hague, Den Haag, NL",
      "name": "The Hague",
      "recordType": "city",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "slug": "/nl/the-hague",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
           4.311346,
           52.079984
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "countryCode": "NL",
          "city": "The Hague",
          "type": "city",
          "county": "Den Haag"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "displayString": "Texel, NL",
      "recordType": "city",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "slug": "/nl/texel",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
            4.796744,
            53.055272
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "countryCode": "NL",
          "city": "Texel",
          "type": "city"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "displayString": "Denizli, Denizli, TR",
      "recordType": "city",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "slug": "/tr/denizli",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
            29.086313,
            37.771517
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "countryCode": "TR",
          "city": "Denizli",
          "type": "city",
          "county": "Denizli"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "id": "mqId:282585163",
      "displayString": "'s-Hertogenbosch, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL",
      "name": "'s-Hertogenbosch",
      "recordType": "city",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "slug": "/nl/s-hertogenbosch",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
            5.303104,
            51.688935
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "countryCode": "NL",
          "city": "'s-Hertogenbosch",
          "type": "city",
          "county": "'s-Hertogenbosch"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "id": "mqId:364802484",
      "displayString": "Denneville, FR",
      "name": "Denneville",
      "recordType": "city",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "slug": "/fr/denneville-364802484",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
            -1.660629,
            49.312536
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "countryCode": "FR",
          "city": "Denneville",
          "type": "city"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "id": "mqId:282584296",
      "displayString": "Texel, NL",
      "name": "Texel",
      "recordType": "city",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "slug": "/nl/texel",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
            4.796744,
            53.055272
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "countryCode": "NL",
          "city": "Texel",
          "type": "city"
        }
      }
    },
    {
      "id": "mqId:282710687",
      "displayString": "Denizli, Denizli, TR",
      "name": "Denizli",
      "recordType": "city",
      "collection": [
        "adminArea"
      ],
      "slug": "/tr/denizli",
      "language": "en",
      "place": {
        "type": "Feature",
        "geometry": {
          "coordinates": [
            29.086313,
            37.771517
          ],
          "type": "Point"
        },
        "properties": {
          "countryCode": "TR",
          "city": "Denizli",
          "type": "city",
          "county": "Denizli"
        }
      }
    }
  ]
}

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