GeoLocations - Upload values to existing/new List

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What are the possible options to upload geo coordinates into a GeoLocation field of a list.

Can the values be uploaded from Excel?

Can we convert & assign single text values to a GeoLocation column?


There are 2 options to code it, as documented in the link below, but are there other options?

Tx & brgds.

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Hi @Eric Deferm

unfortunately Geolocation fields are unsupported for user in MS Flow, you could use this template, but it's not supported :( I tried.

Immagine.pngMS PowerApps too doesn't support GeoLocation fields..


You can create text column and populate your geolocation field with a Remote Event receiver or an Azure Function using webhooks , in you want to use Web UI Experience (your text field).


A simply way could be powershell import from csv / Excel 





ps: I just add a uservoice, you can vote for it if you want :)

Tx @Federico Porceddu  for your extended reply, elaborating on several potential options/alternatives.

Apologies for my delayed reply, finally I decided to go for some C# coding & Visual Studio. As a newby to VS, it took me a while to get everything right. As there's no attach option :-( , I'm sharing code below (probably not fully according to best practices on C# programing, but it worked for me).  I'll sure will also check the PS solution and let you know.


// upload the necessary assmeblies & references in your solution

using Microsoft.SharePoint.Client;
using System;
using System.Security;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel;

namespace ConsoleApp1
class Program
static void Main(string[] args)
//Create COM Objects. Create a COM object for everything that is referenced
Excel.Application xlApp = new Excel.Application();
Excel.Workbook xlWorkbook = xlApp.Workbooks.Open("c:\\temp\\Sites2.xlsx");
Excel._Worksheet xlWorksheet = xlWorkbook.Sheets[1];
Excel.Range xlRange = xlWorksheet.UsedRange;
int rowCount = xlRange.Rows.Count;
int colCount = xlRange.Columns.Count;

ClientContext context = new ClientContext("https://<tenant><site-collection>");
setOnlineCredential("<username>", "<password>", context); //required in our case due to SSO
Console.WriteLine("Fields added successfully");
AddListItem(context, rowCount, colCount, xlRange);
Console.WriteLine("List items added successfully");

private static void AddListFields(ClientContext context)
List oList = context.Web.Lists.GetByTitle("SitesGeoLocationList");
// oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Name'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes); > covered by Title field
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Status'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Type'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Mineral'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Technique'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='LegalEntity'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Country'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Region'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Latitude'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Text' DisplayName='Longitude'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);
oList.Fields.AddFieldAsXml("<Field Type='Geolocation' DisplayName='Location'/>", true, AddFieldOptions.AddToAllContentTypes);

public static void setOnlineCredential(string userName, string password, ClientContext context)
SecureString secureString = new SecureString();
foreach (char c in password.ToCharArray())
context.Credentials = new SharePointOnlineCredentials(userName, secureString);

private static void AddListItem(ClientContext context, int rowCount, int colCount, Excel.Range xlRange)
{ // Replace site URL and List Title with Valid values.
List oList = context.Web.Lists.GetByTitle("SitesGeoLocationList");

for (int i = 2; i <= rowCount; i++) //row 1 contains column headers
Console.Write(i + " - " + xlRange.Cells[i, 1].Value2 + "\t");
ListItemCreationInformation itemCreationInfo = new ListItemCreationInformation();
ListItem oListItem = oList.AddItem(itemCreationInfo);
oListItem["Title"] = xlRange.Cells[i,1].Value2;
oListItem["Status"] = xlRange.Cells[i,2].Value2;
oListItem["Type"] = xlRange.Cells[i,3].Value2;
oListItem["Mineral"] = xlRange.Cells[i,4].Value2;
oListItem["Technique"] = xlRange.Cells[i,5].Value2;
oListItem["LegalEntity"] = xlRange.Cells[i,6].Value2;
oListItem["Country"] = xlRange.Cells[i,7].Value2;
oListItem["Region"] = xlRange.Cells[i,8].Value2;
oListItem["Latitude"] = xlRange.Cells[i,9].Value2;
oListItem["Longitude"] = xlRange.Cells[i,10].Value2;
FieldGeolocationValue oListItemGeoValue = new FieldGeolocationValue();
if (xlRange.Cells[i, 10].Value2 != null)
{ oListItem["Location"] = "POINT (" + xlRange.Cells[i, 10].Value2.Replace(',', '.') + " " + xlRange.Cells[i, 9].Value2.Replace(',', '.') + ")"; }

Hi @Eric Deferm , nice :)


instead use

oListItem["Location"] = "POINT (" + xlRange.Cells[i, 10].Value2.Replace(',', '.') +

you can use (numbers 123 are i.e.)

var geolocationValue = new FieldGeolocationValue
Altitude = Double.Parse("123"),
Latitude = Double.Parse("123"), 
Longitude = Double.Parse("123"),
Measure = Double.Parse("123"),
oListItem["Location"] = geolocationValue;

Cheers, Federico

Hi @Federico Porceddu , didn't know one could also specify the Altitude & Measure. The programming interface supports 4 values, whereas the user interface only allows you to enter 2 fields (Long. & Lat.) or does your interface look different from mines? Tx.


Hi @Eric Deferm , try classic experience :)

Hi Federico, that's strange. The list from which I start is configured for Classic experience. Any idea what other configuration settings could have an impact?


there is no difference from classic or modern experience in creation / configuration.

I see difference only in editing.

What about your screenshot? Is it modern experience?

Hi, tx for your reply. The screenshot is classic experience.
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