Custom Map Projections

This example creates a map using the Gall-Peters projection, rather than the default Mercator projection.

Read the documentation.

TypeScript

// This example defines an image map type using the Gall-Peters
// projection.
// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall%E2%80%93Peters_projection

function initMap(): void {
  // Create a map. Use the Gall-Peters map type.
  const map = new google.maps.Map(
    document.getElementById("map") as HTMLElement,
    {
      zoom: 0,
      center: { lat: 0, lng: 0 },
      mapTypeControl: false,
    }
  );

  initGallPeters();
  map.mapTypes.set("gallPeters", gallPetersMapType);
  map.setMapTypeId("gallPeters");

  // Show the lat and lng under the mouse cursor.
  const coordsDiv = document.getElementById("coords") as HTMLElement;

  map.controls[google.maps.ControlPosition.TOP_CENTER].push(coordsDiv);
  map.addListener("mousemove", (event: google.maps.MapMouseEvent) => {
    coordsDiv.textContent =
      "lat: " +
      Math.round(event.latLng!.lat()) +
      ", " +
      "lng: " +
      Math.round(event.latLng!.lng());
  });

  // Add some markers to the map.
  map.data.setStyle((feature) => {
    return {
      title: feature.getProperty("name"),
      optimized: false,
    };
  });
  map.data.addGeoJson(cities);
}

let gallPetersMapType;

function initGallPeters() {
  const GALL_PETERS_RANGE_X = 800;
  const GALL_PETERS_RANGE_Y = 512;

  // Fetch Gall-Peters tiles stored locally on our server.
  gallPetersMapType = new google.maps.ImageMapType({
    getTileUrl: function (coord, zoom) {
      const scale = 1 << zoom;

      // Wrap tiles horizontally.
      const x = ((coord.x % scale) + scale) % scale;

      // Don't wrap tiles vertically.
      const y = coord.y;

      if (y < 0 || y >= scale) return "";

      return (
        "https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/" +
        "javascript/examples/full/images/gall-peters_" +
        zoom +
        "_" +
        x +
        "_" +
        y +
        ".png"
      );
    },
    tileSize: new google.maps.Size(GALL_PETERS_RANGE_X, GALL_PETERS_RANGE_Y),
    minZoom: 0,
    maxZoom: 1,
    name: "Gall-Peters",
  });

  // Describe the Gall-Peters projection used by these tiles.
  gallPetersMapType.projection = {
    fromLatLngToPoint: function (latLng) {
      const latRadians = (latLng.lat() * Math.PI) / 180;
      return new google.maps.Point(
        GALL_PETERS_RANGE_X * (0.5 + latLng.lng() / 360),
        GALL_PETERS_RANGE_Y * (0.5 - 0.5 * Math.sin(latRadians))
      );
    },
    fromPointToLatLng: function (point, noWrap) {
      const x = point.x / GALL_PETERS_RANGE_X;
      const y = Math.max(0, Math.min(1, point.y / GALL_PETERS_RANGE_Y));

      return new google.maps.LatLng(
        (Math.asin(1 - 2 * y) * 180) / Math.PI,
        -180 + 360 * x,
        noWrap
      );
    },
  };
}

// GeoJSON, describing the locations and names of some cities.
const cities = {
  type: "FeatureCollection",
  features: [
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [-87.65, 41.85] },
      properties: { name: "Chicago" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [-149.9, 61.218] },
      properties: { name: "Anchorage" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [-99.127, 19.427] },
      properties: { name: "Mexico City" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [-0.126, 51.5] },
      properties: { name: "London" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [28.045, -26.201] },
      properties: { name: "Johannesburg" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [15.322, -4.325] },
      properties: { name: "Kinshasa" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [151.207, -33.867] },
      properties: { name: "Sydney" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [0, 0] },
      properties: { name: "0°N 0°E" },
    },
  ],
};

declare global {
  interface Window {
    initMap: () => void;
  }
}
window.initMap = initMap;

JavaScript

// This example defines an image map type using the Gall-Peters
// projection.
// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall%E2%80%93Peters_projection
function initMap() {
  // Create a map. Use the Gall-Peters map type.
  const map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map"), {
    zoom: 0,
    center: { lat: 0, lng: 0 },
    mapTypeControl: false,
  });

  initGallPeters();
  map.mapTypes.set("gallPeters", gallPetersMapType);
  map.setMapTypeId("gallPeters");

  // Show the lat and lng under the mouse cursor.
  const coordsDiv = document.getElementById("coords");

  map.controls[google.maps.ControlPosition.TOP_CENTER].push(coordsDiv);
  map.addListener("mousemove", (event) => {
    coordsDiv.textContent =
      "lat: " +
      Math.round(event.latLng.lat()) +
      ", " +
      "lng: " +
      Math.round(event.latLng.lng());
  });
  // Add some markers to the map.
  map.data.setStyle((feature) => {
    return {
      title: feature.getProperty("name"),
      optimized: false,
    };
  });
  map.data.addGeoJson(cities);
}

let gallPetersMapType;

function initGallPeters() {
  const GALL_PETERS_RANGE_X = 800;
  const GALL_PETERS_RANGE_Y = 512;

  // Fetch Gall-Peters tiles stored locally on our server.
  gallPetersMapType = new google.maps.ImageMapType({
    getTileUrl: function (coord, zoom) {
      const scale = 1 << zoom;
      // Wrap tiles horizontally.
      const x = ((coord.x % scale) + scale) % scale;
      // Don't wrap tiles vertically.
      const y = coord.y;

      if (y < 0 || y >= scale) return "";
      return (
        "https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/" +
        "javascript/examples/full/images/gall-peters_" +
        zoom +
        "_" +
        x +
        "_" +
        y +
        ".png"
      );
    },
    tileSize: new google.maps.Size(GALL_PETERS_RANGE_X, GALL_PETERS_RANGE_Y),
    minZoom: 0,
    maxZoom: 1,
    name: "Gall-Peters",
  });
  // Describe the Gall-Peters projection used by these tiles.
  gallPetersMapType.projection = {
    fromLatLngToPoint: function (latLng) {
      const latRadians = (latLng.lat() * Math.PI) / 180;
      return new google.maps.Point(
        GALL_PETERS_RANGE_X * (0.5 + latLng.lng() / 360),
        GALL_PETERS_RANGE_Y * (0.5 - 0.5 * Math.sin(latRadians))
      );
    },
    fromPointToLatLng: function (point, noWrap) {
      const x = point.x / GALL_PETERS_RANGE_X;
      const y = Math.max(0, Math.min(1, point.y / GALL_PETERS_RANGE_Y));
      return new google.maps.LatLng(
        (Math.asin(1 - 2 * y) * 180) / Math.PI,
        -180 + 360 * x,
        noWrap
      );
    },
  };
}

// GeoJSON, describing the locations and names of some cities.
const cities = {
  type: "FeatureCollection",
  features: [
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [-87.65, 41.85] },
      properties: { name: "Chicago" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [-149.9, 61.218] },
      properties: { name: "Anchorage" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [-99.127, 19.427] },
      properties: { name: "Mexico City" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [-0.126, 51.5] },
      properties: { name: "London" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [28.045, -26.201] },
      properties: { name: "Johannesburg" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [15.322, -4.325] },
      properties: { name: "Kinshasa" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [151.207, -33.867] },
      properties: { name: "Sydney" },
    },
    {
      type: "Feature",
      geometry: { type: "Point", coordinates: [0, 0] },
      properties: { name: "0°N 0°E" },
    },
  ],
};

window.initMap = initMap;

CSS

/* 
 * Always set the map height explicitly to define the size of the div element
 * that contains the map. 
 */
#map {
  height: 100%;
}

/* 
 * Optional: Makes the sample page fill the window. 
 */
html,
body {
  height: 100%;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
}

#coords {
  background-color: black;
  color: white;
  padding: 5px;
}

HTML

<html>
  <head>
    <title>Custom Map Projections</title>
    <script src="https://polyfill.io/v3/polyfill.min.js?features=default"></script>

    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="./style.css" />
    <script type="module" src="./index.js"></script>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div id="map"></div>
    <div id="coords"></div>

    <!-- 
     The `defer` attribute causes the callback to execute after the full HTML
     document has been parsed. For non-blocking uses, avoiding race conditions,
     and consistent behavior across browsers, consider loading using Promises
     with https://www.npmjs.com/package/@googlemaps/js-api-loader.
    -->
    <script
      src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=AIzaSyB41DRUbKWJHPxaFjMAwdrzWzbVKartNGg&callback=initMap&v=weekly"
      defer
    ></script>
  </body>
</html>

Try Sample

Clone Sample

Git and Node.js are required to run this sample locally. Follow these instructions to install Node.js and NPM. The following commands clone, install dependencies and start the sample application.

  git clone -b sample-map-projection-simple https://github.com/googlemaps/js-samples.git
  cd js-samples
  npm i
  npm start

Other samples can be tried by switching to any branch beginning with sample-SAMPLE_NAME.

  git checkout sample-SAMPLE_NAME
  npm i
  npm start