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Geolocation support

  • Tags: geolocation, html5
  • Latest: 0.4.1
  • Last Updated: 04 March 2012
  • Grails version: 1.3.7 > *
  • Authors: Aramis alias Sebastien Blanc
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compile "org.grails.plugins:geolocation:0.4.1"



This plugin adds HTML5 geolocation support and offers some utlity methods to calculate distances and range checks


grails install-plugin geolocation



This plugin provides support for the HTML5's geolocation feature. In 3 steps you will be able to add location based behaviour to your application. User's current position will be retrieved and put into the session. The Geolocation is representated by the Geolocation domain class which implements the official W3C specifications.


3 steps to make your app location based (assuming you are already using a Ajax lib like jquery or prototype) :

  • grails install-plugin geolocation
  • add the tag <geolocation:resources/> in the head section of your page you want to be location aware
  • add the tag <geolocation:locateMe/> in the body section of your page
If before installing the plugin you don't have yet include a Ajax lib in your page you can use :
  • Grails 1.3.x <geolocation:resourcesPrototype/> : If you add this line then you don't need to add <geolocation:resources/> line in your page. All you need is just one line. It will load json.js as well as the prototype.js library in your gsp page. It won't work in a Grails 2.0 app if you don't have prototype.js library located inside the js folder of your app.
  • Grails 2.0.0 <geolocation:resourcesJquery/> : If you add this line then you don't need to add <geolocation:resources/> line in your page. All you need is just one line. It will load json.js as well as the jquery.js library in your gsp page.
After the user confirms he wants to share it's position, the Geoposition instance will be available in the session :
    • From a gsp (inside a javascript function) :
var latlng = new google.maps.LatLng(${session.position.coords.latitude},${session.position.coords.longitude});
    • From a controller :
def position = session['position']

Once the user's location is known you can use the test page provided by the plugin to test it with a google map widget :


Utility methods

Since version 0.2 you are able to perform some operations on your positions instances :
    • Calculate a distance
double distance = myPosition.distanceFrom(otherPosition)
    • Check if your position is in a range
boolean isInRange = myPosition.isInRange(otherPosition,50) // check if the position is an range of 50 Km

These 2 methods are also available in the GeolocationService bean.

The default length unit is "KILOMETER" but you can configure it by setting in your config the following key :

geolocation.length.unit="MILE" //or KILOMETER, METER, NAUTIC_MILE

Browsers support

The geolocation feature is actually supported by :

  • iPhone Safari
  • Safari (5.0)
  • Firefox (3.5 and above)
  • Opera (Tested with 11.64)
I noticed that with Safari 5.0 , it can take a while (about a minute !) before your position is retrieved . Please update this section if you test it with other browser (i.e : Android browsers)

Domain classes


package org.grails.plugins.geolocation

import org.grails.plugins.geolocation.Coordinates;

class GeoPosition { Coordinates coords long timestamp static constraints = { } }


package org.grails.plugins.geolocation

import org.grails.plugins.geolocation.GeoPosition;

class Coordinates { GeoPosition position static constraints = { latitude(nullable:true) longitude(nullable:true) altitude(nullable:true) accuracy(nullable:true) altitudeAccuracy(nullable:true) heading(nullable:true) speed(nullable:true) } double latitude double longitude double altitude double accuracy double altitudeAccuracy double heading double speed static belongsTo = GeoPosition }

Source code

Source code is available at the the svn codehaus site but also on github :