Get an API Key

To use the Maps Embed API you must have an API key. The API key is a unique identifier that is used to authenticate requests associated with your project for usage and billing purposes. To learn more about API keys, see the API Key Best Practices and the FAQs.

Get the API key

You must have at least one API key associated with your project.

To get an API key:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console.
  2. From the Project drop-down menu, select or create the project for which you want to add an API key.
  3. From the Navigation menu, select APIs & Services > Credentials.
  4. On the Credentials page, click Create credentials > API key.
    The API key created dialog displays your newly created API key (an encrypted string).
  5. Click Close.
    The new API key is listed on the Credentials page under API keys.
    (Remember to restrict the API key before using it in production.)

Add the API key to your request

You must include an API key with every Maps Embed API request. In the following example, replace YOUR_API_KEY with your API key (the encrypted string).

https://www.google.com/maps/embed/v1/MODE?key=YOUR_API_KEY&parameters

For more information about MODE and parameters options in the code above, see Forming the URL for the Maps Embed API.

Restrict the API key

Before moving your project to production, we strongly recommended that you restrict your API key. Restrictions help ensure only authorized requests are made with your API key. To learn more, see the FAQs.

To restrict an API key:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console.
  2. From the Project drop-down menu, select the project that contains the API key you want to secure.
  3. From the Navigation menu, select APIs & Services > Credentials.
  4. On the Credentials page, click the name of the API key that you want to secure.
  5. On the Restrict and rename API key page, set the restrictions:
    • Application restrictions
      • Select HTTP referrers (web sites).
      • Add the referrers (follow the instructions).
    • API restrictions
      • Select Restrict key.
      • Click Select APIs and select Maps Embed API.
        (If there are other enabled APIs you want to use with this key, select them as well.)
    • Click SAVE.

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