Get Information from the GeoAPI

Provides access to information from <> about French "Communes", "Departements" and "Regions".

This package requests informations from the French GeoAPI inside R —


Developped by Etalab, with La Poste, l’INSEE and OpenStreetMap, the GeoAPI API is a JSON interface designed to make requests on the French geographic database.

rgeoapi was developped to facilitate your geographic projects by giving you access to these informations straight inside R. With rgeoapi, you can get any coordinate, size and population of a French city, to be used in your maps.

For an optimal compatibility, all the names (especially outputs) used in this package are the same as the ones used in the GeoAPI. Please note that this package works only with French cities.

Install rgeoapi

Install this package directly in R :


How rgeoapi works

The version 1.0.0 works with eleven functions. Which are :

  • ComByCode Get City by INSEE Code

  • ComByCoord Get City by Coordinates

  • ComByDep Get Cities by Department

  • ComByName Get City by Name

  • ComByPostal Get City by Postal Code

  • ComByReg Get Cities by Region

  • DepByCode Get Department by INSEE Code

  • DepByName Get Department by Name

  • DepByReg Get Departments by Region

  • RegByCode Get Region by INSEE Code

  • RegByName Get Region by Name

How the functions are constructed

In the GeoAPI, you can request for "Commune", "Département" or "Région". All the functions are constructed using this terminology : AByB.

  • A being the output you need -- Com for "Commune" (refering to French cities), Dep for Département (for Department) and Reg for Région.

  • B being the request parameter -- Code for INSEE Code, Coord for Coordinates (WGS-84), Dep for Department, Name for name, Postal for Postal Code and Reg for Region.

Some examples


Takes the latitude and longitude of a city, returns a data.frame with name, INSEE code, postal code, INSEE department code, INSEE region code, population (approx), surface (in hectares), lat and long (WGS-84).

ComByCoord(lat = "48.11023", lon = "-1.678872") 


This function takes a character string with the name of the department, and returns a data.frame with name, INSEE code, and region code. Partial matches are possible. In that case, pertinence scores are given.



This function takes an INSEE Code, returns a data.frame with name and region code.


French Tutorial & contact

A French tutorial on my website. Questions and feedbacks welcome !


Reference manual

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1.1.0 by Colin FAY, 3 years ago

Browse source code at

Authors: Colin FAY

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

GPL-3 license

Imports httr, rjson, magrittr, tools

See at CRAN