Places API | 2GIS Documentation

Places API

The Places API performs a search for organizations, buildings and places.

You can search by:

  • company name (“2GIS”)
  • company's business area (“restaurants” or “music centers”)
  • geographical criteria (“flowers near Dubai museum”)
  • attributes of goods and services (“food cafe with kids menu” or “saunas with massage”)
  • telephone number or website (“667-02-99” or “2gis.ru”)
  • tax identification number (“5405276278”)
  • trading license
  • or without specifying a text query (in a building, in a category, in a city, search for all branches of one company)

Requests are made using the GET method, all required parameters should be passed in the query string. The response is returned in the JSON format.


Here is an example of a request:

https://catalog.api.2gis.com/3.0/items?q=cafe&sort_point=37.630866,55.752256&key=YOUR_KEY

Request takes the following parameters:

  • q=cafe — the search is performed for the “cafe” query
  • sort_point=37.630866,55.752256 — coordinates for a nearby cafe search
  • key=YOUR_KEY — your API key

The type parameter is used to filter objects by type in the query. The search will be performed only among objects of the type specified in the query. Filtering is possible for these most frequently used types:

  • by location — for example, in a certain district, city, in a given area
  • by the type of response data — e.g., only companies or only buildings
  • by category — e.g., a search for cafes or grocery stores only
  • by organization — you can get the list of all branches of an organization
  • by working hours — e.g., only branches working around the clock
  • by availability or absence of data, e.g., photos, reviews, rating, website, tax identification number

The complete list of filters and their corresponding parameters can be found in the API reference.

The fields parameter is used to get more information about the object.

You can enable sorting of the search result using the sort parameter in your query.

The search result is sorted by distance from the user's location, object rating and other parameters. Sorting types are defined in the API reference.

You can search for objects in a specific area on a map. This type of search allows you to get relevant results. Search options for an area on the map are:

  • geographical criteria in the text request — for example, "Moscow cafe"
  • the point from which the search is performed
  • search in a radius
  • search in a rectangular area
  • search in an arbitrary area
  • search in the city

To search for objects in an area on the map, the query should contain coordinates of the points within which the objects are to be found or an identifier of the city in which you want to search for objects. You can find more detailed description of the fields in the API reference, examples of the use of geographic search restrictions can be found in the corresponding section.

You can find the organization by tax identification number, phone number, website address and trade license. Such a search does not take into account the location of the user. The result of this search is a list of organizations. Full description of all search methods and parameters can be found in the API reference.

The request response is given in the JSON format:

{
    "meta": {
        "api_version": "3.0.448950",
        "code": 200,
        "issue_date": "20200626"
    },
    "result": {
        "items": [
            {
                "address_comment": "3, 5 floor",
                "address_name": "Nikolskaya, 25",
                "id": "70000001031668425",
                "name": "MCK, lounge bar chain",
                "type": "branch"
            }
        ],
        "total": 5926
    }
}

Parameters that are passed in the response by default:

  • id — object identifier
  • name — object name
  • type — object type. Object types are defined in the API reference

Additional information about an object can be passed in the fields parameter. It is possible to get additional information on:

  • the point to which the object is bound
  • the object's address or location and its binding to administrative and territorial units
  • object geometry, visual center of geometry
  • the parent organization to which all company branches belong
  • working hours
  • contact info
  • objects related to the company or place: entry points, nearest stops and parking lots, service organizations, entrances to the building and others
  • detailed information about parking lots: capacity, cost, type of access, number of levels
  • detailed information about the building: number of storeys, building material

The full list of additional information is defined in the API reference.

The search_type parameter is used to form the search result. The most commonly used algorithms for a search result generation are described below, the full list of algorithms can be found in the API reference.

In search results categories and organizations will be expanded to companies (branches of an organization). For example, a search for "Russian Post" will put all post offices in the search results. Category expansion works in a similar way — when searching for a "cafe", the result will contain companies from the "Cafe / Cafeteria" category rather than the category itself, which is also the subject of the catalog. This algorithm of result formation is used by default and matches the search_type=discovery parameter passed to the query.

It is similar to a search with expansion, but also keeps only one branch for each organization. For example, the user wants to find an online store and to look at its site, and he does not need all the pick-up points in the result. To use this algorithm of forming the search result you need to pass search_type=one_branch to the query.

It is suitable for searching organizations in a building, for example, in a business center or a mall. You can also use it to autocomplete when searching in the building. To use this algorithm of forming the search result, you need to pass search_type=indoor to the query and specify the building id in the building_id parameter.

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