This section covers the following web services:
- The Geocoding API
- The Directions API
- The Distance Matrix API
- The Elevation API
- The Time Zone API
- The Roads API
These APIs are all bundled with your Google Maps API for Work license, and come with Business-specific usage limits.
Welcome to the Google Maps API for Work!
You will have received a welcome letter from Google upon purchasing your Google Maps API 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 and contains links to a number of important resources.
This guide contains Business-specific information that is important to getting your application running.
Developer documentation for each web service is provided at developers.google.com/maps/documentation.
The Roads API web service is included with your license, but uses a different authentication scheme and reporting system that are documented separately: Roads API
The Static Maps API and Street View Image API are also included with your license and are documented separately: Maps Image APIs
Other web services that are available but that are not included by default with your Google Maps API for Work license are documented separately. These include:
Use the API picker to find the right API for your project.
You must include your client ID in all API requests. Your client ID identifies you as a Maps API for Work customer and enables support and purchased quota for your application. Requests made without a client ID are not eligible for Maps API for Work benefits.
If you're switching from the free API services to a Maps API for Work
implementation, you must remove the
key parameter from your requests.
Google Maps API web services will deny requests made with both a client ID and a key.
More information is available in the Authentication and Authorization chapter of this guide.
If you have lost your client ID, you can recover it by logging in to the Google for Work Support Portal and clicking Maps: Manage Client ID from the links on the left of the page.
Cryptographic signing key
Your welcome letter includes a cryptographic signing key, which you must use to generate unique signatures for your web service requests.
Please refer to the Digital Signatures section of the web services' Authentication and Authorization chapter for information.
If you have lost your signing key, you can recover it by logging in to the Google for Work Support Portal and clicking Maps: Manage Client ID from the links on the left of the page.
Google Maps API for Work customers have access to telephone and email support, as well as to the Google for Work Support Portal. Contact information is available on the Support and resources page.