Google Maps API for Business

Bundled web services

This section covers the following web services:

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

These APIs are all bundled with your Maps API for Business license, and come with Business-specific usage limits.

Introduction

Welcome to the Google Maps API for Business!

You will have received a welcome letter from Google upon purchasing your Google Maps API for Business 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.

Developer documentation

This guide contains Business-specific information that is important to getting your application running.

Developer documentation for each is provided at developers.google.com/maps/documentation.

The Static Maps API and Street View Image API are 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 Maps API for Business license are documented separately. These include:

Client ID

You must include your client ID in all API requests. Your client ID identifies you as a Maps API for Business customer and enables support and purchased quota for your application. Requests made without a client ID are not eligible for Maps API for Business benefits.

If you're switching from the free API services to a Maps API for Business 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 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 support portal and clicking Maps: Manage Client ID from the links on the left of the page.

Getting help

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

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