DEPRECATED: A template for building a store locator with the foursquare API. Part of the Map Sites templates from MapBox. See

3 years after

deprecated: We highly recommend you start new projects from the MapBox.js examples, rather than this project - the Foursquare Store Locator is based on an older version of MapBox.js which lacks new functionality.

Foursquare Store Locator

This template uses the foursquare API to build a store locator feature that maps all addresses for venues in a foursquare list and allows users to search for closest venues.

This whole template can be emedded as an iframe or integrated into your existing website template.

By adding your store location data to foursquare, you have a simple interface to manage your locations and allow customers interact with them both on-line and off. While browsing the map for nearby locations, users will see the total checkins and foursquare users who have visited your location, and they will have the option to add your location to their foursquare todo list. When users with the foursquare mobile app walk by venues on their todo list, they'll get reminded to check out your store.

About Map Site Templates

Map Site templates from MapBox are a way to jumpstart building a map-based web feature. The map-site templates bundles common html and css formatting with reusable javascript components.

To build a project based on this template, fork this repository, edit the html content and css, and alter the configuration script.

To make your custom base map, sign up for MapBox and create a map.

Using this template

Edit the content by adjusting, removing, or adding to index.html. This is the main markup document with the content and layout for the map-site.

Adjust the design by editing the style.css file and adding any additional supporting structure to index.html.

Set the map features by writing a configuration script at the bottom of index.html.

HTML layout

The html markup for the template is in index.html. It's a simple html page layout. Generally, you'll want to change the content elements like title, h1, img#logo and div#about.

CSS styles

Most of the hard work on a map site build is template design implemented through CSS. This template by default is simple and clean so you can modify or replace it. This design and be completely overridden by applying new CSS styles or changing the exisiting rules in style.css.

CSS rules are set in two files:

  • style.css contains all the layout and typographic styles as well as some overridden styles for map controls, and a reset stylesheet. Implement your design by editing this file.
  • map.css holds the default map styles from embeds.

Javascript interaction

All of the external javascript libraries to make the map interactive and connect it to MapBox are stored in the ext directory. For this template, we're using Modest Maps and Wax to make the map interactive, Easey for smooth aninmated panning and zooming, and markers.js for adding markers to the map based on geojson-formatted data.

An internal javascript library, script.js, abstracts common map settings, and foursquare.js is the library we put together map the foursquare API.

We're also using jQuery for DOM manipulation and handling events, and Underscore.js for data processing.

Map configuration

The map is added to the <div> container in index.html with id="map". Styles to lay out the map container come from class="map".

<div id="map" class="map"></div>

At the bottom of the index.html document, we set up the map. The id of the container is the first argument ('map'), and an object of options is the second argument. The third arugement is the name of an optional callback function, which we use to start the foursquare.js main function, once the map is loaded.

The only required option is api, and it should contain the API URL from MapBox. After you create a new map through your MapBox account, click embed on the info tab and copy the API URL.

var main = Map('map', { 
    api: '' 

The map options object can take several options:

  • api The MapBox API URL from the embed button on your map:
  • center An object of { lat: ##, lon: ##, zoom: ## } that defines the map's initial view. If not is provided, the default center set from MapBox will be used
  • zoomRange An array of [##, ##] where the first element is the minimum zoom level and the second is the max
  • features An array of additional features for the map

The features object may contain any of the following:

  • zoomwheel Use the scroll wheel on the mouse to zoom the map
  • tooltips or movetips For layers with interactive overlays, display fixed tooltips or movetips, which are overlays the follow the cursor
  • zoombox Allow uses to zoom to a bounding box by holding the shift key and dragging over the map
  • zoompan Show zoom controls on the map
  • legend Show a legend on the map. Legends from multiple layers will stack on top of each other
  • share Show a share button on the map with Twitter, Facebook links and an embed code for the map. The embedded view of the map will add a class="embed" to the <body> element of the page for easy theming. For instance, by default the embed layout is a full screen map with the layer switcher over it on the left. The header and content are hidden.
  • bwdetect Automatically detect low bandwidth contections and decrease the quality of the map images to accommodate

A map with all the options and a callback function would look like this:

var main =  Map('map', {
    api: '',
    center: {
        lat: 38.8850033656251,
        lon: -77.01439615889109,
        zoom: 14
    zoomRange: [0, 15],
    features: [
        'tooltips', // or 'movetips'
}, foursquare.start);


All data about store locations for this template comes from the foursquare API. Begin by logging into foursquare and creating a list of all of your venues. This example pulls addresses and phone numbers from the API, but you could extend it to include business hours, menues, photos and more by entering more information about your stores in their foursquare venue profiles. See here more about entering your store locations as foursquare venues.

To connect this template with your foursquare list, add the following to the top of your index.html configuration:

// Set up the foursquare API
foursquare.settings = {
    /* foursquare API keys. See: */
    /* List ID. See: */
    list: '4fc674d7e4b07a1f71542757',
    /* Search radius for nearby address matches */
    radius: 8046.72 // 5 miles in meters
  • client_id and client_secret These are your foursquare API keys. To get them, register your site at and replace the ones we are using here.
  • list This is the foursquare list ID for the list you made with your locations. To find it, we need to browse the foursquare API. Visit the foursquare API explorer and scan the json data until you find the ID for your list in the items array.
  • radius This is the radius in meters in which an location is considered a match for an address search. You could also allow the user to set this value by setting it with javascript.

The work of fetching, parsing, mapping, and filtering the venues (store locations) in your foursquare list is all handled by foursquare.js.

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