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Aneeqa Khan
Aneeqa Khan

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Import and Export locations on Google Maps

Hello readers!

Previously I wrote about adding a click function on Google Maps and displaying markers.

Today I want to add another feature in the app by allowing import and export locations.

Create Import and Export Buttons

I added import and export location buttons to the bottom of the web page like this.

{/* displays export and import options */}
  <div className="list-footer">
    <AppButton handleClick={exportLocations}>
      Export Locations
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Import Locations Logic

This function imports a location list from a JSON file, parses the data, and appends it to the existing list of locations. It utilizes a FileReader to read the file contents and updates the state accordingly.

// Function to import location list from JSON
  const importLocations = (event) => {
    const file =[0];
    const reader = new FileReader();
    reader.onload = (e) => {
      const importedData = JSON.parse(;
      setListOfLocations([...listOfLocations, ...importedData]);
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Export Locations Logic

This function exports the location list as a JSON file by converting the list of locations to JSON format, creating a Blob with the JSON data, and generating a download link for the user to save the file.
Finally, it initiates the download of the JSON file and removes the dynamically created download link from the document.

// Function to export location list as JSON
  const exportLocations = () => {
    const data = JSON.stringify(listOfLocations);
    const blob = new Blob([data], { type: "application/json" });
    const url = URL.createObjectURL(blob);
    const a = document.createElement("a");
    a.href = url; = "locations.json";
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You can get the full code from my GitHub.

Thank you for reading! Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or GitHub.

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