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This article explains how to geo-code two locations and show the route between them using Nokia Maps (providing that a valid route can be found).

Article Metadata
Platform(s): Web browser
Dependencies: Nokia Maps 2.1.0
Created: Maveric (21 Jun 2011)
Updated: avnee.nathani (31 Dec 2011)
Last edited: hamishwillee (02 Jan 2012)



Nokia Maps API supported web browser (basically any modern web browser)

Important about Maps credentials

Nokia provides several services options within the Maps API offering. The service is free to use, but if you complete the free registration process and obtain authentication and authorization credentials, your application will have priority access to the service and will thus avoid a potential performance penalty. Please read the Location API Business Models and Usage Restrictions page to decide which business model best fits your needs. Authentication requires unique Maps API credentials, namely an AppId and a token. You can get these credentials from the Nokia Developer API Registration page.


In this example we will define two waypoints for the route; the geographical location of Berlin, Germany to the one of Paris, France. To be able to use the routing we need to initialize a new Routing Manager. We will cast the waypoints to it with some additional parameters. We want the "shortest" route with "car" and no fee roads with "avoidTollroad" plus having the trafficMode set to "default".

Example code

This example has all the required HTML and JavaScript code to perform the routing between Berlin, Germany and Paris, France.

<script type="text/javascript"
src="http://api.maps.nokia.com/2.0.0/jsl.js" charset="utf-8">
<div id="map" style="width:100%; height:80%;"></div>
<script type="text/javascript">
var map; // Instance of Nokia Maps Display
var router; // New Route search
var geoloc; // New Geocoding search
//Define waypoints for the Routing
var waypoints = new nokia.maps.routing.WaypointParameterList();
waypoints.addCoordinate( new nokia.maps.geo.Coordinate(52.500556, 13.398889)); // Berlin, Germany
waypoints.addCoordinate( new nokia.maps.geo.Coordinate(48.856667, 2.350833)); // Paris, France
//Define Routing parameters
var modes = [{
type: "shortest",
transportModes: ["car"],
options: "avoidTollroad",
trafficMode: "default"
map = new nokia.maps.map.Display(document.getElementById("map"),
components: [ new nokia.maps.map.component.Behavior(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.ZoomBar(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.Overview(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.TypeSelector(),
new nokia.maps.map.component.ScaleBar()],
'zoomLevel': 3,
router = new nokia.maps.routing.Manager(); //create a route manager
// map.addListener("dblclick", eventListener);
//onRouteCalculated will be called when a route was calculated
var onRouteCalculated = function(observedRouter, key, value){
if (value == "finished") {
var routes = observedRouter.getRoutes();
//create the default map representation of a route
var mapRoute = new nokia.maps.routing.component.RouteResultSet(routes[0]).container; //first option found
//Zoom to the bounding box of the route
map.zoomTo(mapRoute.getBoundingBox(), false, "default");
} else if(value == "failed") {
alert("The routing request failed.");
//add the observer function to the router's "state" property
router.addObserver("state", onRouteCalculated);
//calculate the route (and call onRouteCalculated afterwards)
router.calculateRoute(waypoints, modes);



For more on Nokia Maps API

Please check out the Nokia Maps API full documentation and API reference here:

You may also access the interactive Nokia Maps API playground,

Tested with

  • Google Chrome 11.0x
  • Mozilla Firefox 5.0
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