Bundled Web Services

This page is only for customers with a previous Maps APIs for Work or Maps API for Business license. This page is not applicable to customers with the new Google Maps APIs Premium Plan, which became available in January 2016.

The following web service APIs are bundled with your Google Maps APIs for Work license, and come with usage limits specific to Google Maps APIs for Work customers:

  • The Directions API
  • The Distance Matrix API
  • The Elevation API
  • The Geocoding API
  • The Roads API
  • The Time Zone API

Other web services are available but not included by default with your Google Maps APIs for Work license and must be purchased separately. These include:

  • The Geolocation API
  • The Places SDK for Work

If you want to purchased access to these APIs, please contact sales.

Your Google Maps APIs for Work license also grants access to the Google Maps image APIs and Maps JavaScript API. Please refer to these sections for more information.

Introduction

Welcome to the Google Maps APIs for Work!

You will have received a welcome letter from Google upon purchasing your Google Maps APIs for Work license. That letter contains your client ID and your private cryptographic key. These are important pieces of information and should be stored safely.

This page provides information about getting started with the web services APIs and contains links to a number of important resources.

Authentication by client ID and digital signature

Except as noted below, you must include your client ID and private cryptographic URL-signing key (a digital signature) in all API requests. Your client ID identifies you as a Google Maps APIs for Work customer and enables support and purchased quota for your application. Your digital signature allows our servers to verify that any site generating requests using your client ID are authorized to do so. Requests made without a client ID and digital signature are not eligible for Google Maps APIs for Work benefits.

If you're switching from the free API services to a Google Maps APIs for Work implementation, you must remove the key parameter from your requests. Google Maps Platform web services will deny requests made with both a client ID and a key.

More information on authentication and authorization can be found on the Authentication and Authorization page.

If you have lost your client ID or private cryptographic key, you can recover it by logging in to the Google Cloud Support Portal and clicking Maps: Manage Client ID from the links on the left of the page.

Note: The following web service APIs use a different authentication scheme, documented here:

Developer documentation

The main developer documentation for the Google Maps Platform web services can be found at:

Use the API picker to find the right API for your project.

Getting help

Google Maps APIs for Work customers have access to telephone and email support, as well as to the Google Cloud Support Portal. Contact information is available on the Support and resources page.