Geolocation: getCurrentPosition() method

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The getCurrentPosition() method of the Geolocation interface is used to get the current position of the device.


getCurrentPosition(success, error)
getCurrentPosition(success, error, options)



A callback function that takes a GeolocationPosition object as its sole input parameter.

error Optional

An optional callback function that takes a GeolocationPositionError object as its sole input parameter.

options Optional

An optional object including the following parameters:

maximumAge Optional

A positive long value indicating the maximum age in milliseconds of a possible cached position that is acceptable to return. If set to 0, it means that the device cannot use a cached position and must attempt to retrieve the real current position. If set to Infinity the device must return a cached position regardless of its age. Default: 0.

timeout Optional

A positive long value representing the maximum length of time (in milliseconds) the device is allowed to take in order to return a position. The default value is Infinity, meaning that getCurrentPosition() won't return until the position is available.

enableHighAccuracy Optional

A boolean value that indicates the application would like to receive the best possible results. If true and if the device is able to provide a more accurate position, it will do so. Note that this can result in slower response times or increased power consumption (with a GPS chip on a mobile device for example). On the other hand, if false, the device can take the liberty to save resources by responding more quickly and/or using less power. Default: false.

Return value

None (undefined).


const options = {
  enableHighAccuracy: true,
  timeout: 5000,
  maximumAge: 0,

function success(pos) {
  const crd = pos.coords;

  console.log("Your current position is:");
  console.log(`Latitude : ${crd.latitude}`);
  console.log(`Longitude: ${crd.longitude}`);
  console.log(`More or less ${crd.accuracy} meters.`);

function error(err) {
  console.warn(`ERROR(${err.code}): ${err.message}`);

navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(success, error, options);


# getcurrentposition-method

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