Top Directions APIs

List of the best APIs to provide directions and distances between locations.

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Directions API

About Directions APIs

With digitization, everything has been made easy. The use of software to solve problems is a practice that is embraced in different parts of the world. Direction APIs is a resource that allows people to find routes and calculate the distance from one location to another. The API uses HTTP requests.

How it Works

A direction request in the output form of JSON and XML is sent. It uses URLs that enquires for direction. The URLs have limited characters and must be appropriately coded. Proper coding ensures that the URLs are valid and can be used.

Using the HTTP ensures that a user’s application is secure. Sensitive information may be transmitted to the application, including a users’ location when trying to trace a location. HTTP prevents such information from being manipulated.

At times, it is not possible to access the directions APIs through HTTP. In that case, some parameters can be used to achieve the result. The parameters indicate calculated routes preferred by different modes of transport and the traffic information.

The direction service then responds by using the geocode string that converts an address or a specific location into latitude and longitude coordinates and drags the map route. This way, a user can see how the route looks and make decisions based on data.


Mobile application developers and websites form the larger part of direction APIs consumers. They use the application programming interface to build data that can tell direction using the maps provided by Google maps. The parameters provided by the software provide a fundamental basis on which they can develop these applications without starting from scratch.

The other group is mobile users who include motorists, especially in delivery services. They use maps to find the direction of different places. This group is the greatest beneficiary of directions APIs as they are the target market by developers and websites.


  • Asset Tracking - Business is taking a new direction every day. With car hire services, it is easy to effectively estimate the distance a vehicle has traveled, track trips that seem complicated, and have real-time responses.
  • Business is made simple - Customers are always looking for stalls and outlets that will allow them to shop conveniently. This software is that it will enable consumers to locate the booths and enable deliveries through the rides. Both businesses and customers mutually benefit from the free directions API and the paid APIs.

With time, it is expected that the direction API will improve in accuracy as the world maps change. Map SDK for android, maps embed API, and Maps SDK for iOS are examples of free directions API.

Best Directions APIs

  1. Distance
  2. TrueWay Directions
  3. TrueWay Matrix
  5. Great Circle Mapper
  6. MapboxDuration
  7. YandexGeocoder
  8. TrackService

Directions API SDKs

All Directions APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:

  1. Node.js
  2. PHP
  3. Python
  4. Ruby
  5. Objective-C
  6. Java (Android)
  7. C# (.NET)
  8. cURL

Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.

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