How to Find the CID Number of a Google My Business Listing
Posted by Joy Hawkins
Updated February 12, 2021
What is A CID Number on Google?
A google maps CID number is kind of like an identification number for a specific business listing on Google Maps. It is good to know because if Google ever created a new record for you or merged listings, you would know. It also will allow you to get to different views of the listing (like coming from the Local Finder to Maps).
A fellow Google My Business Product Expert provided me with a tip on how to find the CID number of a business listing on Google Maps.
The CID number is good to know and document for any business because:
- It helps you connect the different views (Maps, Local Finder, Search etc) for a single listing
- It helps you know if a listing somehow got a new record if something was merged.
1. Using the “GatherUp” Chrome Extension
If you’re wondering how to find the cid number, the fastest way to do this is to install the GatherUp Chrome Extension. This tool checks the listing and identifies the numbers (also called ludocid) so you don’t have to look for them yourself. If you are looking to determine how to view this and locate the CID yourself, check option 3.
- Install the GatherUp Chrome extension
- To get the CID number of a listing pull it up in Search or the Local Finder
- Select the GatherUp chrome extension
- You can now copy the Maps URL with the CID number in it
2. Using the “Company Information in Google” Chrome Extension
Tom Waddington, a fellow Google Product Expert created a chrome extension that is another great option for how to find a CID URL. It is called Company Information in Google.
3. Other Methods for Finding a Business’s CID Number
If you like testing things out and tinkering with Google here are a few more methods for you to test out.
From Google Maps
Helmut Geissler & Hector (treebles) showed me that if you have the business open in Google Maps:
- Do a search in Google Maps for the business name and make sure it’s the only result that shows up.
- Replace http:// with view-source: in the URL
- Click CTRL+F and search the source code for “ludocid”
- The CID will be the string of numbers after “ludocid\\u003d” and before #lrd
Example: If this is the code, the CID is in red:
From Google Maps for an SAB Listing (with hidden address)
The process for finding the google maps CID number for a service area business (SAB) is slightly different than for finding it with a business visible on Google Maps.
- Pull up the listing on Google Maps
- It will be some super long URL like this:
- You want to look for the super long set of characters that start with 0x (there are 2 of them and the second ends before the exclamation point). I highlighted one red and 1 blue in the above example.
- The second of the 2 (the one in blue above) lists the CID in hexadecimal after the 0x (leave that off). In this example, you’d be talking about: e060d065957c4103
- Throw that into a hexadecimal converter and you will have the CID number (In this example you should have ended up with 16168151796978303235)
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