Needing help with adding placemarker on google map

Posted on 2014-10-07
Last Modified: 2014-11-01
I have some working code for 1 part of this project I'm working on but I also want to be able to add multiple markers on a map as well. I have included my working code but it doesn't seem to be working. I pieced it together from two working examples.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Place Autocomplete</title>
    <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
      html, body, #map-canvas {
        height: 100%;
        margin: 0px;
        padding: 0px
      .controls {
        margin-top: 16px;
        border: 1px solid transparent;
        border-radius: 2px 0 0 2px;
        box-sizing: border-box;
        -moz-box-sizing: border-box;
        height: 32px;
        outline: none;
        box-shadow: 0 2px 6px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);

      #pac-input {
        background-color: #fff;
        padding: 0 11px 0 13px;
        width: 400px;
        font-family: Roboto;
        font-size: 15px;
        font-weight: 300;
        text-overflow: ellipsis;

      #pac-input:focus {
        border-color: #4d90fe;
        margin-left: -1px;
        padding-left: 14px;  /* Regular padding-left + 1. */
        width: 401px;

      .pac-container {
        font-family: Roboto;

      #type-selector {
        color: #fff;
        background-color: #4d90fe;
        padding: 5px 11px 0px 11px;

      #type-selector label {
        font-family: Roboto;
        font-size: 13px;
        font-weight: 300;

    <script src=""></script>

    <script src=""></script>

    <script type="text/javascript">

   // global "map" variable
    var marker = null;
    var map = null;

    var infowindow = new google.maps.InfoWindow(
      size: new google.maps.Size(150,50)

    // A function to create the marker and set up the event window function
    function createMarker(latlng, name, html) {
        var contentString = html;
        var marker = new google.maps.Marker({
            position: latlng,
            map: map,
            zIndex: Math.round(*-100000)<<5

        google.maps.event.addListener(marker, 'click', function() {
        google.maps.event.trigger(marker, 'click');
        return marker;

    function initialize() {
      var mapOptions = {
        center: new google.maps.LatLng(-33.8688, 151.2195),
        zoom: 13,
        mapTypeControl: true,
        mapTypeControlOptions: {style: google.maps.MapTypeControlStyle.DROPDOWN_MENU},
        navigationControl: true,
        mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP
      var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map-canvas'),

      var input = /** @type {HTMLInputElement} */(

      var types = document.getElementById('type-selector');

      var autocomplete = new google.maps.places.Autocomplete(input);
      autocomplete.bindTo('bounds', map);

      var infowindow = new google.maps.InfoWindow();
      var marker = new google.maps.Marker({
        map: map,
        anchorPoint: new google.maps.Point(0, -29)

      google.maps.event.addListener(map, 'click', function(event) {
      //call function to create marker
             if (marker) {
                marker = null;

       marker = createMarker(event.latLng, "name", "<b>Location</b><br>"+event.latLng);

      google.maps.event.addListener(autocomplete, 'place_changed', function() {
        var place = autocomplete.getPlace();
        if (!place.geometry) {

        // If the place has a geometry, then present it on a map.
        if (place.geometry.viewport) {
        } else {
          map.setZoom(17);  // Why 17? Because it looks good.
        marker.setIcon(/** @type {google.maps.Icon} */({
          url: place.icon,
          size: new google.maps.Size(71, 71),
          origin: new google.maps.Point(0, 0),
          anchor: new google.maps.Point(17, 34),
          scaledSize: new google.maps.Size(35, 35)

        var address = '';
        if (place.address_components) {
          address = [
            (place.address_components[0] && place.address_components[0].short_name || ''),
            (place.address_components[1] && place.address_components[1].short_name || ''),
            (place.address_components[2] && place.address_components[2].short_name || '')
          ].join(' ');

        infowindow.setContent('<div><strong>' + + '</strong><br>' + address);, marker);

      // Sets a listener on a radio button to change the filter type on Places
      // Autocomplete.
      function setupClickListener(id, types) {
        var radioButton = document.getElementById(id);
        google.maps.event.addDomListener(radioButton, 'click', function() {

      google.maps.event.addListener(map, 'click', function(event) {
      //call function to create marker
         if (marker) {
            marker = null;
       marker = createMarker(event.latLng, "name", "<b>Location</b><br>"+event.latLng);

      setupClickListener('changetype-all', []);
      setupClickListener('changetype-address', ['address']);
      setupClickListener('changetype-establishment', ['establishment']);
      setupClickListener('changetype-geocode', ['geocode']);

    google.maps.event.addDomListener(window, 'load', initialize);

    <input id="pac-input" class="controls" type="text"
        placeholder="Enter a location">
    <div id="type-selector" class="controls">
      <input type="radio" name="type" id="changetype-all" checked="checked">
      <label for="changetype-all">All</label>

      <input type="radio" name="type" id="changetype-establishment">
      <label for="changetype-establishment">Establishments</label>

      <input type="radio" name="type" id="changetype-address">
      <label for="changetype-address">Addresses</label>

      <input type="radio" name="type" id="changetype-geocode">
      <label for="changetype-geocode">Geocodes</label>

      <button id="addAddress" type="button">ADD</button>

    <div id="map-canvas" style="height: 500px;"></div>

  $( document ).ready(function() {


      var address = $("#pac-input").val();





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Question by:brihol44
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Just to clarify, do you have a preset list of  marker points or are you looking to search and add repeatedly?

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Comment Utility
thx! I'm eventually wanting to save the dropped points so that if the page is reloaded it will output the same markers. I was just getting this worked out first.
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Comment Utility
OK, but I'm still a little unclear on the logic. As I understand it so far:
- you want the user to search for an address and drop a pin after each search.
- you want to keeping pins from previous searched on the map as more are added.
- you want to save the array of dropped pins so that a pre-populated page of "my pins" can be loaded

So what is the significance of the radio buttons in the search box?
Is that you wanting the user to define the address type they have selected? If so, how does the ALL button apply?

Author Comment

Comment Utility
sorry for the lack of communication. The entire scope is this page is to serve two functions.

1. Searching for places and adding a marker/location to a list below the map when clicking a button "ADD LOCATION" inside the infowindow (info window being the little tooltip area above the marker when clicked if that wasn't clear).

2. Dropping a marker and having the same functionality with having a "ADD LOCATION" inside the info window.

Both functions would populate two separate lists after the user has clicked "ADD LOCATION" on each type of function above. And of course I would like to populate those markers eventually when the page is reloaded.

Thanks for the help again, I appreciate it. And I'm not suggesting that this entire scope be solved but I'm just trying to get the dropped markers to populate on the map first.

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Comment Utility
Figured it out on my own. Thx for trying.

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