Allow customers to select their location on a map in your Shopify store

Ship Sketch lets customers select their location on a map and charge different shipping rates depending on their location

Why use a map at checkout?

This is useful for countries that do not have standardized addresses. Ship Sketch’s default functionality will use Google Maps to automatically translate a user’s address into latitude and longitude coordinates. In countries without standardized addresses Google Maps will not recognize many of the addresses. Allowing customers to select their precise location on a map ensures that you are delivering to the correct location and charging the appropriate shipping rate.

If your store is in a country with addresses recognized by Google Maps you might prefer to use the default functionality of Ship Sketch where a map is not needed.

Try it out

You can see an example of the checkout process on our demo store Use the password “demo”.

How does it work?

Once installed a map will appear on your checkout page that will require the customer to select their location before proceeding. Optionally you can also display your configured delivery areas on the map so that customers can easily see if delivery is available before going through the checkout process.

During the checkout process the location set by the customer will be compared to the delivery areas you set up in your stores admin. If the location falls within one of those delivery areas the appropriate shipping options will be displayed.

When a customer with an account completes their order their location is saved and pre-selected on their next order.

Checkout map example

Where are the customers coordinates saved?

A product will be created to attach the coordinates to. The coordinates need to be attached to a product because Shopify sends limited data when calculating the shipping rates. These coordinates need to be in a place that is accessible both when calculating shipping and when you are fulfilling the order.

This product will have no cost and will be added to the customers cart automatically when they select their delivery location. During the install process this product can be automatically created and hidden from the rest of your store. The only place the customer will see it is on the checkout page, you can customize the product title and image as you see fit.

Delivery product example


1) Set up delivery areas

The first step is configuring your delivery areas, this process is described in the Ship Sketch installation guide.

2) Enable the checkout map feature

Open the Ship Sketch app in your Shopify admin and then select “Checkout Map” from the navigation. Then click on “Install Checkout Map”. This will ask you to approve a few new permissions that are needed for this feature and then install the required javascript on your store. Your stores functionality will not be changed at this point. Install checkout map

3) Create delivery coordinates product

This step will create the special product that is needed to store the customer’s delivery coordinates. Enter the product title and click “Create Product”. This will do the following:

  • Create a product will the following settings:
    • Title: as provided
    • Vendor: Ship Sketch
    • Tags: shipsketch
    • Price: 0
    • Requires Shipping: true (this is needed so that Shopify sends the coordinates when calculating the shipping rates)
    • Inventory: not tracked
  • Hide the product from both your internal and Google search results. Note, hiding from your internal search might not work if you are not using the default Shopify search. If you have an app managing your store’s search check to make sure the product is hidden, and if not look into the apps settings for hiding certain products.
  • Create a rule in your “All” collection to hide any product from the vendor “Ship Sketch”. This is ensure the product does not appear on your site at “/collections/all”.

Once the product has been created you can add an image to it, or leave it without one.

Create delivery coordinates product

4) Configure the map

Setting Description
Enabled Used to toggle the map functionality on or off. It defaults to disabled and cannot be enabled until you setup your Google API key.
Google Maps API Key You will need to signup with Google Maps and generate an API key specifically for your store. The key needs access to the following Google APIs: Maps JavaScript API, Geocoding API and Places API.

For more information on how to generate this follow our Google Maps API key guide.
Cart form selector The DOM selector that will return your cart form on the cart template. The default should work for most stores. If you are unsure there are a couple of ways to test this:

1) Install the map on your template and try to checkout without selecting a location. If everything is working you will see an error.

2) Go to your cart page after adding items to your cart, then run the following code in the JavaScript console for your browser document.querySelector("form[action='/cart']"). As long as it doesn’t return null it is working.
Country/Region This is passed to Google maps to bias it towards a certain region
Enable address search Adds a search field to the map to allow users to try and search for their address.
Show delivery areas Show your configured delivery areas on the map. This will also require the user to only select a location in a delivery area.
Require location to checkout If the user tries to checkout before selecting a location they will see an error message.
Default Zoom The default map zoom to use if delivery areas are not shown. Higher numbers are more zoomed in.
Center Latitude The default map center latitude to use if delivery areas are not shown and the customer has not selected a location.
Center Longitude The default map center Longitude to use if delivery areas are not shown and the customer has not selected a location.

Map settings

5) Set the text that is displayed on the map

There will be a section to set the display text for every language available on your store.

Name Description
Title The title shown above the map.
Help Text Extra instructions displayed above the map.
Property name when coordinates are attached to the delivery product The customer will see this on the checkout screen. It will look like “Coordinates: 45.413798,-75.693227”.
Address search form placeholder If address search is enabled this text will be the placeholder in the form.
Error Message - no location selected If the customer tries to checkout before selecting their location this error message is shown.
Error Message - not in delivery area If the customer selects a location not in a delivery area this error message is shown.
Error Message - address not found If the customer searches for an address that Google cannot find this message is shown.

Map text

6) Install the theme code

The majority of the theme changes necessary can be done automatically here. At the end one line of code will need to be manually added. The first step is to select which theme you wish to install the code on. We recommend first testing it on a theme that isn’t live. This allows you to ensure that everything is working as expected before impacting your live store.

If you are not comfortable with these steps reach out to us at and we would be happy to install it for you.

Checkout map snippet

Click “Install now” to install a template snippet on your theme under ‘snippets/shipsketch-pin-drop-map.liquid’. This snippet will contain the majority of the code needed to render the map and is what you will include in the final step. Installing this snippet will not make any changes to your site.

Hide delivery product on cart template

A line of code is required on your cart template in order to prevent the special delivery product from being displayed. This can be done manually or automatically. The automatic installation will work on most themes, but if your theme has been highly customized it may fail. In that case it will need to be done manually.

If you need to manually install the code open your cart template (this is usually under ‘templates/cart.liquid’ or ‘sections/cart-template.liquid’) and look for the line that loops through your cart products. It should look something like this:

{% for item in cart.items %}

Directly below that line add the following:

{% if item.product.vendor == 'Ship Sketch' %}{% continue %}{% endif %}

The end result should look like this:

{% for item in cart.items %}
    {% if item.product.vendor == 'Ship Sketch' %}{% continue %}{% endif %}

Include the map snippet on your cart page

This step needs to be done manually. Add the following line of code to your cart template where you would like the map to appear (this is usually under ‘templates/cart.liquid’ or ‘sections/cart-template.liquid’). We generally recommend putting it just above the checkout button.

{%- include 'shipsketch-pin-drop-map' -%}

Once added the map will show up on your checkout template unless it is disabled in the settings section.

For example when installing on the Shopify “Debut” theme we recommend putting it in the following location:

<div class="cart__shipping rte">{{ taxes_shipping_checkout }}</div>

{%- include 'shipsketch-pin-drop-map' -%}

<div class="cart__buttons-container">
  <div class="cart__submit-controls">
    {%- unless section.settings.cart_ajax_enable -%}
    <input type="submit" name="update"
      class="cart__submit btn btn--secondary"
      value="{{ 'cart.general.update' | t }}">
    {%- endunless -%}
    <input type="submit" name="checkout"
      class="cart__submit btn btn--small-wide"
      value="{{ 'cart.general.checkout' | t }}">

  <div class="cart__error-message-wrapper hide" role="alert" data-cart-error-message-wrapper>
    <span class="visually-hidden">{{ 'general.accessibility.error' | t }} </span>
    {% include 'icon-error' %}
    <span class="cart__error-message" data-cart-error-message></span>

  {%- if additional_checkout_buttons -%}
    <div class="additional-checkout-buttons">{{ content_for_additional_checkout_buttons }}</div>
  {%- endif -%}

Install theme code