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A very simple python script that get elevation from latitude and longitude with google maps API
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# elevation: A very simple python script that get elevation from latitude and longitude with google maps API by Guillaume Meunier
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# NO DEPENDANCIES except JSON and URLLIB
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# @license GPL-3.0+ <http://spdx.org/licenses/GPL-3.0+>
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# EXAMPLE :
# print elevation(48.8445548,2.4222176)
import json
import urllib
def elevation(lat, lng):
apikey = "USE YOUR OWN KEY !!!"
url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/elevation/json"
request = urllib.urlopen(url+"?locations="+str(lat)+","+str(lng)+"&key="+apikey)
try:
results = json.load(request).get('results')
if 0 < len(results):
elevation = results[0].get('elevation')
# ELEVATION
return elevation
else:
print 'HTTP GET Request failed.'
except ValueError, e:
print 'JSON decode failed: '+str(request)
@iadamo1
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iadamo1 commented Feb 7, 2018

Hi! I was trying to use your script but when I run it get this message:
File "elevation.py", line 15
print 'HTTP GET Request failed.'
^
SyntaxError: Missing parentheses in call to 'print'
can it be fixed?

@Khanimar
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Khanimar commented Feb 16, 2018

You should take your own API key and replace the apikey variable with your own.

@RameshKamath
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RameshKamath commented Apr 12, 2018

@iadamo1 I think you are using python 3 but the code is written for python 2. Try to add parentheses to print functions.
Example print('HTTP GET Request failed.')

Also, I had issues with URLLIB in python 3 so I edited same code for requests module.
https://gist.github.com/RameshKamath/bb7fdb9efdedb15deab60665db82c3aa

@hs-harsh
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hs-harsh commented Jun 21, 2018

I implemented the code and called the function by "print elevation(48.8445548,2.4222176)" but it gave error:
URLError: <urlopen error [WinError 10060] A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond>

@ranpelta
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ranpelta commented Sep 2, 2018

hi, I've tried you code but I keep getting:
HTTP GET Request failed.
I'm using python 2.7, and used my own API key

@PetarPepe
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PetarPepe commented Sep 2, 2018

Hi everyone, I would really like some feedback on this. I tried using this code and it only works for coordinates given as example here, whenever I try to change those coordinates I get print('HTTP GET Request failed.')

Also tried using this code:

from json import loads
from time import sleep
from urllib.request import Request, urlopen
 
locations=[(40.714728,-73.998672), (48.8445548,2.4222176)] #(lat,lon) pairs
for loc in locations: 
    try:
        request = Request('https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/elevation/json?locations={0},{1}&key=ejebigasadamigosjebasansenisanrazmisljanavrime'.format(loc[0],loc[1]))
        response = urlopen(request).read() 
        places = loads(response)
        print('At {0} elevation is: {1}'.format(loc, places['results'][0]['elevation']))
        sleep(1)
    except:
        print('Error for location: {0}'.format(loc))

And I get the same thing, works only for these coordinates print elevation(48.8445548,2.4222176).

@tomstrain92
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tomstrain92 commented Feb 6, 2020

Hi! I was trying to use your script but when I run it get this message:
File "elevation.py", line 15
print 'HTTP GET Request failed.'
^
SyntaxError: Missing parentheses in call to 'print'
can it be fixed?

Hi! I was trying to use your script but when I run it get this message:
File "elevation.py", line 15
print 'HTTP GET Request failed.'
^
SyntaxError: Missing parentheses in call to 'print'
can it be fixed?

Are you using python3? if so it's
print('HTTP GET Request failed.')

@UCF10
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UCF10 commented Apr 15, 2021

import json
import urllib.request

def elevation(lat, lng):
apikey = "Put in your Key"
url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/elevation/json"
request = urllib.request.urlopen(url+"?locations="+str(lat)+","+str(lng)+"&key="+apikey)

try:
    results = json.load(request).get('results')
    if 0 < len(results):
        elevation = results[0].get('elevation')
        return elevation
    else:
        print('HTTP GET Request failed.')
except ValueError as e:
    print('JSON decode failed: '+str(request))

if name == "main":
evl = elevation(37.48976,-113.32631)
print(evl)

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