Place Picker on Google Maps for Flutter

Google Maps Place Picker .A Flutter plugin which provides ‘Picking Place’ using Google Maps widget.

The project relies on below packages.

Map using Flutter’s official google_maps_flutter
Fetching current location using Baseflow’s geolocator
Place and Geocoding API using hadrienlejard’s google_maps_webservice
Builder using kevmoo’s tuple



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Getting Started

Get an API key at


Specify your API key in the application manifest android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml:

<manifest ...
  <application ...
    <meta-data android:name=""
               android:value="YOUR KEY HERE"/>

NOTE: As of version 3.0.0 the geolocator plugin switched to the AndroidX version of the Android Support Libraries. This means you need to make sure your Android project is also upgraded to support AndroidX. Detailed instructions can be found here.

The TL;DR version is:

  1. Add the following to your “” file:

  1. Make sure you set the compileSdkVersion in your “android/app/build.gradle” file to 28:
android {
 compileSdkVersion 28


  1. Make sure you replace all the android. dependencies to their AndroidX counterparts (a full list can be found here:


Specify your API key in the application delegate ios/Runner/AppDelegate.m:

#include "AppDelegate.h"
#include "GeneratedPluginRegistrant.h"
#import "GoogleMaps/GoogleMaps.h"

@implementation AppDelegate

- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application
    didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {
  [GMSServices provideAPIKey:@"YOUR KEY HERE"];
  [GeneratedPluginRegistrant registerWithRegistry:self];
  return [super application:application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:launchOptions];

Or in your swift code, specify your API key in the application delegate ios/Runner/AppDelegate.swift:

import UIKit
import Flutter
import GoogleMaps

@objc class AppDelegate: FlutterAppDelegate {
  override func application(
    _ application: UIApplication,
    didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?
  ) -> Bool {
    GMSServices.provideAPIKey("YOUR KEY HERE")
    GeneratedPluginRegistrant.register(with: self)
    return super.application(application, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: launchOptions)

Opt-in to the embedded views preview by adding a boolean property to the app’s Info.plist file
with the key io.flutter.embedded_views_preview and the value YES.


Basic usage

You can use PlacePicker by pushing to a new page using Navigator.
When the user picks a place on the map, it will return the result (PickResult).

        builder: (context) => PlacePicker(
          apiKey: APIKeys.apiKey,   // Put YOUR OWN KEY here.
          onPlacePicked: (result) { 
          initialPosition: HomePage.kInitialPosition,
          useCurrentLocation: true,


Parameter Type Description
placeId String A textual identifier that uniquely identifies a place. To retrieve information about the place, pass this identifier in the placeId field of a Places API request. See PlaceId for more information.
geometry Geometry Contains geometry information about the result, generally including the location (geocode) of the place and (optionally) the viewport identifying its general area of coverage.
address String A string containing the human-readable address of this place. Often this address is equivalent to the “postal address”.
types List <String\> Contains an array of feature types describing the given result. See the list of supported types. XML responses include multiple <type> elements if more than one type is assigned to the result.
addressComponents List <AddressComponent\> An array containing the separate components applicable to this address.

More info about results at google.


Parameter Type Description
apiKey String (Required) Your google map API Key
onPlacePicked Callback(PickResult) Invoked when user picks the place and selects to use it. This will not be called if you manually build ‘selectedPlaceWidgetBuilder’ as you will override default ‘Select here’ button.
initialPosition LatLng Initial center position of google map when it is created. If useCurrentLocation is set to true, it will try to get device’s current location first using GeoLocator.
useCurrentLocation bool Whether to use device’s current location for initial center position
desiredLocationAccuracy LocationAccuracy Accuracy of fetching current location. Default to ‘high’.
hintText String Hint text of search bar
searchingText String A text which appears when searching is performing. Default to ‘Searching…’
searchBarHeight double Height of search bar. Default 40. Recommended using together with contentPadding.
contentPadding EdgeInsetsGeomery content padding of search bar input textField’s InputDecoration
proxyBaseUrl String Used for API calling on google maps. In case of using a proxy the baseUrl can be set. The apiKey is not required in case the proxy sets it.
httpClient Client Used for API calling on google maps. In case of using a proxy url that requires authentication or custom configuration.
autoCompleteDebounceInMilliseconds int Debounce timer for auto complete input. Default 500
cameraMoveDebounceInMilliseconds int Debounce timer for searching place with camera(map) dragging. Default 750
intialMapType MapType MapTypes of google map. Default normal.
enableMapTypeButton bool Whether to display MapType change button on the map
enableMyLocationButton bool Whether to display my location button on the map
onAutoCompleteFailed Callback(String) Invoked when auto complete search is failed
onGeocodingSearchFailed Callback(String) Invoked when searching place by dragging the map failed
onMapCreated MapCreatedCallback Returens google map controller when created
selectedPlaceWidgetBuilder WidgetBuilder Specified on below section
pinBuilder WidgetBuilder Specified on below section

Customizing picked place visualisation

By default, when a user picks a place by using auto complete search or dragging the map, we display the information at the bottom of the screen (FloatingCard).

However, if you don’t like this UI/UX, simple override the builder using ‘selectedPlaceWidgetBuilder’. FlocatingCard widget can be reused which floating around the screen or build entirly new widget as you want. It is stacked with the map, so you might want to use Positioned widget.

Note that using this customization WILL NOT INVOKE [onPlacePicked] callback as it will override default ‘Select here’ button on floating card

PlacePicker(apiKey: APIKeys.apiKey,
            selectedPlaceWidgetBuilder: (_, selectedPlace, state, isSearchBarFocused) {
              return isSearchBarFocused
                  ? Container()
                  // Use FloatingCard or just create your own Widget.
                  : FloatingCard(
                      bottomPosition: MediaQuery.of(context).size.height * 0.05,
                      leftPosition: MediaQuery.of(context).size.width * 0.05,
                      width: MediaQuery.of(context).size.width * 0.9,
                      borderRadius: BorderRadius.circular(12.0),
                      child: state == SearchingState.Searching ? 
                                      Center(child: CircularProgressIndicator()) : 
                                      RaisedButton(onPressed: () { print("do something with [selectedPlace] data"); },),

Parameters Type Description
context BuildContext Flutter’s build context value
selectedPlace PickResult Result data of user selected place
state SearchingState State of searching action. (Idle, Searching)
isSearchBarFocused bool Whether the search bar is currently focused so the keyboard is shown

Customizing Pin

By default, Pin icon is provided with very simple picking animation when moving around.
However, you can also create your own pin widget using ‘pinBuilder’

PlacePicker(apiKey: APIKeys.apiKey,
            pinBuilder: (context, state) {
                  if (state == PinState.Idle) {
                    return Icon(Icons.favorite_border);
                  } else {
                    return AnimatedIcon(.....);

Parameters Type Description
context BuildContext Flutter’s build context value
state PinState State of pin. (Preparing; When map loading, Idle, Dragging)

Changing Colours of default FloatingCard (Prediction tile)

While you can build your own prediction tile, you still can change the style of default tile using themeData as below:

theme: ThemeData.dark().copyWith(
        cardColor: Colors.grey,                  // Background color of the FloatingCard
        buttonTheme: ButtonThemeData(
          buttonColor: Colors.yellow,            // Select here's button color
          textTheme: ButtonTextTheme.primary,    // Applying this will automatically change text color based on buttonColor. (Button color is dark ? white / is light ? black)
        textTheme: TextTheme(
          body1: TextStyle(color: Colors.white), // This will change the text color of FloatingCard


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Place Picker on Google Maps for Flutter
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