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To start developing, please head over to our developer documentation.

Activate the Google Maps Directions API

To get you started we'll guide you through the Google Developers Console to do a few things first:

  1. Create or choose a project
  2. Activate the Google Maps Directions API
  3. Create appropriate keys
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Policies

This document lists requirements that are specific to applications developed with the Google Maps Directions API. Note that use of the Google Maps Directions API with the Standard Plan is governed by the Google Maps APIs Terms of Service. Use of the Google Maps Directions API with the Premium Plan is governed by the Master Terms and Google Maps APIs Premium Plan Service Addendum.

Displaying a map

The Google Maps Directions API may only be used in conjunction with displaying results on a Google map. It is prohibited to use Google Maps Directions API data without displaying a Google map.

Attributions for third-party content

If the response from the Google Maps Directions API includes transit details, your application must display the names and URLs of the transit agencies that supply the trip results. See the agencies array in the Google Maps Directions API response for a specification of the relevant fields. We recommend that you place this information below any Google Maps Directions API data.

Providing terms of use and privacy policy

If you develop a Google Maps Directions API application, you must make available a Terms of Use and a Privacy Policy with your application which meets the guidelines outlined in section 9.3 of the Google Maps APIs Terms of Service:

  • Your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy must be publicly available.
  • You must explicitly state in your application's Terms of Use that by using your application, users are bound by Google’s Terms of Service.
  • You must notify users in your Privacy Policy that you are using the Google Maps API(s) and incorporate by reference the Google Privacy Policy.

The recommended place to make available your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy depends upon your application's platform:

Mobile applications

If developing a mobile app it is recommended that you provide a link to your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy on your application's download page in the relevant application store and in an application settings menu.

Web applications

If developing a web application it is recommended that you provide a link to your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy in the footer of your website.

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