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Using Cloud-based Map Styling (Beta)

The following instructions show how to use the Google Cloud console to create, customize, publish, and manage your maps at any time using Map IDs and Map Styles.

To create or manage any Map IDs or Map Styles in your Google Cloud project, you must have the Project Owner or Project Editor IAM role.

Creating Map IDs

A Map ID is a unique identifier that represents a single instance of a Google Map. You can create Map IDs and update a style associated with a Map ID at any time in the Google Cloud Console without changing embedded JSON styling in your application code.

To create a Map ID:

  1. In the Cloud Console, go to the Maps Management page.

    Go to the Maps Management page

  2. Click Create New Map ID, to display the Create New Map ID form.

    Create New Map ID

    In the form, do the following:

    • Specify a map name.
    • Specify a map type or platform.
    • Enter a description of the map.
    • Click Next to display the new Map ID.

Using Map IDs in your application code

To add a Map ID to a new or existing Map that uses the Maps Static API, append the map_id URL parameter and set it to your Map ID.

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Removing styles from map options

If you are using cloud-based map styling with an existing map that is customized with the style parameter, make sure to remove them to avoid potential conflict with future functionality.

Creating Map Styles

A Map Style is a unique identifier for a set of customizations that can be associated with any Map ID.

To create a new style:

  1. In the Cloud Console, go to the Map Styles page.

    Go to the Map Styles page

  2. Click Create New Map Style to open the Create New Style page.

    Create Style Options

In the Create New Style page, you can do the following:

  • Select a Map Style from one of the available templates, or import existing JSON styling code by pasting your JSON code into the text box on the Import JSON tab.

    Import JSON

  • Apply styling to a map by selecting map names. A single map style can be applied to multiple maps. You can always change the Map Style associated with a Map ID later.

  • Customize the display of different map features by clicking the Customize in Style Editor button. In the Style Editor, you can:

    • Change the styling of features on a map, such as roads, bodies of water, and commercial corridors.
    • Filter points of interest to specific business types.
    • Specify the display of points of interest density.

    Customize Style

  • Create a name and description to Save and Publish the Map Style. If you associated a Map ID, saving and publishing will make the changes in style customizations for the associated maps public.

Updating style details

On the Map Styles page, you can select a map style to complete the following actions:

  • View style details.
  • Update Map IDs associated with a style.
  • Save style customizations in the style editor without making the changes publicly visible.
  • Publicly publish style customizations in the style editor.
  • Rename, duplicate, or delete a style.

Styles created before September 15, 2020 will not display Google Maps enhanced natural features. To use Google Maps enhanced natural features support for your map styling, you must create a Map Style.