Google Maps

The Maps Static API lets you embed a Google Maps image on your web page without requiring JavaScript or any dynamic page loading. The Maps Static API service creates your map based on URL parameters sent through a standard HTTP request and returns the map as an image you can display on your web page.

This document details the Maps Static API v2. To update your v1 URLs, please consult the Upgrade Guide.

A Quick Example

The following example contains the URL of a Maps Static API image of downtown New York City, which is displayed below:,New+York,NY&zoom=13&size=600x300&maptype=roadmap

Notice that you don’t need to do anything “special” to get this image to show up on the page. No JavaScript is required. All we needed to do was create a URL, and place it within an <img> tag. You can place a Google Static Maps anywhere on your webpage where you can place an image.

Authentication, quotas, pricing, and policies


To use the Maps Static API, you must first enable the API and obtain the proper authentication credentials. For more information, see Get Started with Google Maps Platform.

Quotas and pricing

Review the usage and billing page for details on the quotas and pricing set for the Maps Static API.


Use of the Maps Static API must be in accordance with the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service.

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