BOSS PlaceFinder API

BOSS PlaceFinder is a premium geocoding Web service that helps developers make their applications location-aware by converting street addresses or place names into geographic coordinates and vice versa.

At Yahoo, we’re always looking for ways to streamline and simplify products for our customers. With this focus in mind, we will discontinue the BOSS Placefinder API on March 31, 2016.

Access to the BOSS APIs will continue until March 31, 2016. Moving forward, customers leveraging the BOSS JSON Search API can instead use YPA, a Javascript Solution that provides algorithmic web results with search ads for publishers who manage their own search engine results pages (SERPs). Click here to apply or learn more about YPA, or if you are working with a Yahoo Partner Manager, they can help you explore your options.

If you have any questions regarding BOSS please visit our FAQs page here or you may click here to get in touch.

Build Location Aware Apps

Convert a large number of place formats to rich geographic data including coordinates, addresses, and WOEIDs.

Reverse Geocoding

Convert geographic coordinates into street addresses or place names.

Simple Pricing

It's cheap, flexible, and pay-as-you-go. Build more for less!

Sample BOSS PlaceFinder API Response




BOSS is offered with a low flexible usage fee based on the type of queries. You can also get search advertising in the same service to monetize your offerings.

Query Type Tier (Queries Per Day) Price/1000 Queries (USD)
0 - 10,000 $6.00
PlaceFinder 10,001 - 35,000 $4.00
35,000+ $3.00

This table only reflects an overview of the pricing. For full details please visit the pricing and payments pages.

Get Started

Get your API Keys

Start by creating a project and adding billing information. This will give you a Consumer Key and Secret, which are needed for using the API.

Copy Example Code

We have code examples in different languages to get you up and running as quickly as possible.

Build and Launch

Replace your Consumer Key and Secret in the code you copied and run the example code. When your app is ready to use, tell other developers what you have built in our Forums.

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