getCurrentPosition() and watchPosition() are deprecated on insecure origins

I am getting this error on my website which requests Geolocation data from the user:

getCurrentPosition() and watchPosition() are deprecated on insecure origins, and support will be removed in the future. You should consider switching your application to a secure origin, such as HTTPS. See goo.gl/rStTGz for more details.

I mean its basically just a notice, and the google link just says its being deprecated.

I have no plans on moving my website to SSL... so is there an alternative for someone like me?

Answers:

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Found a likely answer in /jstillwell's posts here: https://github.com/stefanocudini/leaflet-gps/issues/15 basically this feature will not be supported (in Chrome only?) in the future, but only for HTTP sites. HTTPS will still be ok, and there are no plans to create an equivalent replacement for HTTP use.

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Because switching to HTTPS can be painful or impossible depending on your architecture, I found a workaround solution: you can use the Google Maps Geolocation API. Although it has usage limits, it does the job. You will need an browser API key, so don't forget to limit it's usage to your page hostname.

I use it as a fallback method to the getCurrentPosition() method if it fails. It allows me to make it work until I switch to HTTPS.

Here's the JSFiddles:

  • HTTP: getCurrentPosition() will fail and fall back to the API
  • HTTPS: getCurrentPosition() will succeed
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Yes. Google Chrome has deprecated the feature in version 50. If you tried to use it in chrome the error is:

getCurrentPosition() and watchPosition() are deprecated on insecure origins. To use this feature, you should consider switching your application to a secure origin, such as HTTPS. See https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/Home/chromium-security/deprecating-powerful-features-on-insecure-origins for more details.

So, you have to add SSL certificate. Well, that's the only way.

And it's quite easy now using Let's Encrypt. Here's guide

And for testing purpose you could try this:

1.localhost is treated as a secure origin over HTTP, so if you're able to run your server from localhost, you should be able to test the feature on that server.

2.You can run chrome with the --unsafely-treat-insecure-origin-as-secure="http://example.com" flag (replacing "example.com" with the origin you actually want to test), which will treat that origin as secure for this session. Note that you also need to include the --user-data-dir=/test/only/profile/dir to create a fresh testing profile for the flag to work.

I think Firefox also restricted user from accessing GeoLocation API requests from http. Here's the webkit changelog: https://trac.webkit.org/changeset/200686

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You can run chrome with the --unsafely-treat-insecure-origin-as-secure="http://example.com" flag (replacing "example.com" with the origin you actually want to test), which will treat that origin as secure for this session. Note that you also need to include the --user-data-dir=/test/only/profile/dir to create a fresh testing profile for the flag to work.

For example if use Windows, Click Start and run.

chrome --unsafely-treat-insecure-origin-as-secure="http://localhost:8100"  --user-data-dir=C:\testprofile
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It's only for test, you can do it in google chrome: navigate to: chrome://flags/#unsafely-treat-insecure-origin-as-secure then you'll see: enter image description here Type address you want to allow, then enable and relaunch your browser.

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For dev only, you can authorize specific local domains to use this features:

https://medium.com/@Carmichaelize/enabling-the-microphone-camera-in-chrome-for-local-unsecure-origins-9c90c3149339

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In HTTP the error occurs.

Set permission for localhost in bellow label(Accept requests from these HTTP referrers (web sites)).

It worked for me.

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I know that the geoLocation API is better but for people whom can't use an SSL, you can still use some sort of services such as geopluginService.

as specified in the documentation you simply send a request with the ip to the service url http://www.geoplugin.net/php.gp?ip=xx.xx.xx.xx the output is a serialized array so you must need to unserialize it before using it.

Remember this service is not very accurate as the geoLocation is, but it is still an easy and fast solution.

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Use FireFox or any other browser instead of Chrome if you want to test it on your development environment, for production there is no way except using https.

For development environment just open http://localhost:8100/ on FireFox and alas no such error.

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Give some time to install an SSL cert getCurrentPosition() and watchPosition() no longer work on insecure origins. To use this feature, you should consider switching your application to a secure origin, such as HTTPS.

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You could use the https://ipinfo.io API for this (it's my service). It's free for up to 1,000 req/day (with or without SSL support). It gives you coordinates, name and more. Here's an example:

curl ipinfo.io
{
  "ip": "172.56.39.47",
  "hostname": "No Hostname",
  "city": "Oakland",
  "region": "California",
  "country": "US",
  "loc": "37.7350,-122.2088",
  "org": "AS21928 T-Mobile USA, Inc.",
  "postal": "94621"
}

Here's an example which constructs a coords object with the API response that matches what you get from getCurrentPosition():

$.getJSON('https://ipinfo.io/geo', function(response) { 
    var loc = response.loc.split(',');
    var coords = {
        latitude: loc[0],
        longitude: loc[1]
    };
});

And here's a detailed example that shows how you can use it as a fallback for getCurrentPosition():

function do_something(coords) {
    // Do something with the coords here
}

navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(function(position) { 
    do_something(position.coords);
    },
    function(failure) {
        $.getJSON('https://ipinfo.io/geo', function(response) { 
        var loc = response.loc.split(',');
        var coords = {
            latitude: loc[0],
            longitude: loc[1]
        };
        do_something(coords);
        });  
    };
});

See http://ipinfo.io/developers/replacing-navigator-geolocation-getcurrentposition for more details.

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