Geocoder API Error

By theclicklab - September 27, 2018

Hi there,

A Geocoder plugin for a client stopped working so we have upgraded and added an API key. Now we are getting the following error message:

Bad response from Google geocoder API: REQUEST_DENIED
plugins/geocoder/geocoder.php (line 145)

Application restrictions: None  
API restrictions: None

Any suggestions? 

By gregThomas - September 28, 2018


The most likely issue is that the Geocoder API hasn't been enabled for the API key. Google has recently changed their developer accounts so that this feature isn't enabled by default. This can be done by following these steps:

  • On the Projects homepage, click the Geocoding API link under the Unused APIs menu.
  • When the Geocoding API detail page appears, click the 'Enable' button.

If that doesn't work, I'm currently working on a new version of the Geocoder plugin that will give more detailed feedback on any errors. Please can you send an email to with the FTP and CMS login details for the site that is affected. Then I'll install this new version to get a better idea of the cause.

The most common cause of this error is:

  • The plugin doesn't have an API key added to it.
  • The Geocoder API hasn't been enabled.
  • Security restrictions have been added to the key that stop it from working.



Greg Thomas

PHP Programmer -

By gregThomas - September 28, 2018

Great! I agree, that interface is a maze. We'll be releasing a new version of the plugin soon with updated instructions on how to setup the plugin.

Greg Thomas

PHP Programmer -