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location field with MapInput widget for picking some location

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Simple in use location model and form field with MapInput widget for picking some location. Uses mapbox gl js, flexible map provider API. Fully compatible with bootstrap framework.

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Why this?

I was searching for some django location field which uses mapbox and I could use in my project. I didn't find anything which suits my needs in 100% and that is why I created this simple django app. My philosopy was simplicity but I wanted to create complete solution for picking location.

Feel free to open issues, make pull request and request some features or instructions. Let me know if you think it is not flexible enought.

Live demo

Curious how it works and looks like ? See live demo on
Demo app uses django-bootstrap4 for a little better looking form fields.
You can also use it as a code example, because it is available on my github.


Automatically tested on Travis CI on versions:

  • Django 1.11, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2
  • Python 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

PS. Django 1.11 does not support Python 3.7 anymore.

Browser support

django-mapbox-location-field support all browsers, which are suported by mapbox gl js. Read more here

Databases support

It should work with every spatial and plain (non-spatial) database, that works with django and geodjango.

Versions >1.4.0

Since version 1.4.0 the order of coordinates convention has been changed. Now the order is longitude, latitude. This change has been caused by support for spatial databases. But more user friendly is order latitude, longitude(google maps uses it). That's why coordinates are falsely swapped in frontend and then after POST request in form field are swapped back into longitude, latitude order and saved to database.
My conclusion is that the location is falsely swapped in fronend and if you create location without our custom form field or just operate on raw model in backend, you will have to use the longitude, latitude order.
Versions before 1.4.0 always uses latitude, longitude order.


Using pip:
pip install django-mapbox-location-field


  • Add "mapbox_location_field" to INSTALLED_APPS in your settings file
INSTALLED_APPS += ("mapbox_location_field",)  
  • Define MAPBOX_KEY in your settings file. This is vulnerable information which has to be passed to frontend, so it can be easily access by user. To ensure your safety, I would recommend using url restrictions and public scopes. More information on linked websites.
MAPBOX_KEY = "pk.eyJ1IjoibWlnaHR5c2hhcmt5IiwiYSI6ImNqd2duaW4wMzBhcWI0M3F1MTRvbHB0dWcifQ.1sDAD43q0ktK1Sr374xGfw"  

PS. This above is only example access token. You have to paste here yours.



  • Just create some model with LocationField.
    from django.db import models from mapbox_location_field.models import LocationField
    class SomeLocationModel(models.Model):
    location = LocationField()
* Just create some model with SpatialLocationField.  
from django.db import models from mapbox_location_field.spatial.models import SpatialLocationField  
class SomeLocationModel(models.Model):  
location = SpatialLocationField()  
  • Create ModelForm
    <p>from django import forms from .models import Location<br />
    class LocationForm(forms.ModelForm):<br />
    class Meta:<br />
    model = Location fields = "<strong>all</strong>" ```  Of course you can also use CreateView, UpdateView or build Form yourself with <code>mapbox_location_field.forms.LocationField</code> or `mapbox_location_field.spatial.forms.SpatialLocationField`</p>
    <li>Then just use it in html view. It can't be simpler!<br />
    Paste this in your html head:
    <pre><code class="language-django">

{% load mapbox_location_field_tags %} {% location_field_includes %} {% include_jquery %} * And this in your body: django


In order to change few things you have to use map_attrs dictionary.
Default map_attrs looks like this:

default_map_attrs = {  
 "style": "mapbox://styles/mapbox/outdoors-v11", "zoom": 13, "center": [17.031645, 51.106715], "cursor_style": 'pointer', "marker_color": "red", "rotate": False, "geocoder": True, "fullscreen_button": True, "navigation_buttons": True, "track_location_button": True, "readonly": True, "placeholder": "Pick a location on map below", }```  
To change some values, just pass it when you creates model.  
from django.db import models  
from mapbox_location_field.models import LocationField  
class Location(models.Model):  
 location = LocationField(map_attrs={"center": [0,0], "marker_color": "blue"})  


  • style - <string>, mapbox style url. Read more here.
  • zoom - <int>, map's zoom. Read more here.
  • center - <list> or <tuple> of <float>s, defaults map's center point in [latitude, longitude]
  • cursor_style - <string>, css cursor style. Read more here.
  • marker_color - <string> css color property. Read more here and here.
  • rotate - <bool>, whether you can rotate map with right mouse click or not.
  • geocoder -<bool>, whether geocoder searcher is showed or not.
  • fullscreen_button - <bool>, whether fullscreen button is showed or not.
  • navigation_buttons - <bool>, whether navigation buttons are showed or not.
  • track_location_button - <bool>, whether show my location button is showed or not.
  • readonly - <bool>, whether user can type location in text input
  • placeholder - <string>, text input's placeholder
  • id - <string>, unique id for field, when your are using multiple fields (See more in this section). When you use only one field, you don't have to define it, because default value is taken.


MapInput widget is fully compatibile with bootstrap library. I can even recommend to use it with django-bootstrap4 or django-crispy-forms.

Admin interface usage

First create some model with location field like in usage section.
Then register it in admin interface like this:

  • Plain:

from django.contrib import admin  
from .models import SomeLocationModel  
from mapbox_location_field.admin import MapAdmin, MapAdmin)  
  • Spatial:

from django.contrib import admin  
from .models import SomeLocationModel  
from mapbox_location_field.spatial.admin import SpatialMapAdmin, SpatialMapAdmin)  
  • Admin customization:

Unfortunetly I haven't found any solution that pass map_attrs automatically from model definition.
The only working way of customization that works in admin panel is overriding the modelform.

from django.contrib import admin  
from django.forms import ModelForm  
from mapbox_location_field.admin import MapAdmin  
from mapbox_location_field.forms import LocationField  
from .models import SomeLocationModel  
class PlaceForm(ModelForm):  
 class Meta:  
 model = Place fields = "__all__"  
 location = LocationField(map_attrs={"style": "mapbox://styles/mapbox/satellite-v9"})  
class MyMapAdmin(MapAdmin):  
 form = PlaceForm, MyMapAdmin)  

For spatial field replace the mapbox_location_field.admin.MapAdmin with the mapbox_location_field.spatial.admin.SpatialMapAdmin and the mapbox_location_field.forms.LocationField with mapbox_location_field.spatial.forms.LocationField

In examples above, SomeLocationModel is name of your model, like in usage section.


AddressAutoHiddenField is field for storing address. It uses AddressAutoHiddenInput which is hidden and when you place your marker on map, automatically fill itself with proper address.
In order to use it just add it to your model. Something like this:

class Location(models.Model):  
 location = LocationField()  
 address = AddressAutoHiddenField()  

Multiple fields usage

Since version 1.6.0, it is now possible to use multiple LocationFields (or forms or widgets) as well as multiple AutoHiddenAddressFields. All you have to do is define unique id in map_attrs:

location1 = LocationField(map_attrs={"id": "unique_id_1"})  
location2 = LocationField(map_attrs={"id": "unique_id_2"})  

and then you can also use this ids as map_id in your AutoHiddenAddressFields:

address1 = AddressAutoHiddenField(map_id="unique_id_1")  
address2 = AddressAutoHiddenField(map_id="unique_id_2")  


  • Usage of the plain field's value in javascript ( Issue #21)

    In case of the plain field, the python representation of coordinates is a tuple. And e.g Mapbox's requires a javascript's array when placing a marker on a map, which has identical syntax as Python's list. In order to make the trasformation as easy as possible, since v1.6.4 there's a special filter and a tag.
     {% load mapbox_location_field_tags %}
     var lngLatWithFilter = {{object.location | tuple_to_array }};
     var lngLatWithTag = {% tuple_to_array object.location %};
     // These are just two ways, which give the same result
     // Now you can use one of this variables as an array


  • Django
  • mapbox gl js
  • jQuery
  • html and css

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