Static Map API

What is the Static Map API?

The Static Map API enables you to create, configure, and return a map image that can include custom POI icons, routes, traffic data or polygons.

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What it does

Location, Location, Location

Highlight your retail location at a glance.

Easy Peasy

Add static maps to your page without writing or embedding code.


Street, aerial, light, dark or hybrid maps — you choose! Add banners to your map to include an additional layer of context.

Plays well with others

Combine with our Icons API and watch your map come to life! Place retina markers, circles, vias and flags to your map and customize the markers to fit your brand or mood.

Key Features:

Detailed Maps

Embed a print-friendly map image that can include custom icons, routes, and more by specifying through a query-string parameter.

Multiple Map Types

The Static Map API supports street, aerial, hybrid, light and dark maps, just like and our Leaflet Plugins.


Combine Static Maps with Directions API to automatically retrieve and highlight routes with a simple pass of a sessionID.

Custom POI Icons

Choose the text, color and size of your icons or specify an external url.

Declutter Overlapping POIs

Choose to automatically or manually declutter overlapping POIs for a neat, clean look.

Shape Support

Create custom polylines, polygons and circles with specific colors and fills to highlight an area or route.

Single-line Addresses

Get a static map showing your location with a single-line address -- no latitude or longitude required.

Retina Support

Our higher resolution maps can be used on retina display and print media. Get sharp and crisp text, markers and routes.

Arc Routes

Sometimes driving directions just won’t cut it. Route between two locations using a geodesic route.

How it Looks

iPhone with Map,400&zoom=13&center=Seattle,WA

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