Get started

Follow these steps to get set up with the data-driven styling for datasets.

Get an API key and enable APIs

Before using the data-driven styling for datasets, you need: Cloud project with a billing account, and both the Maps JavaScript API and the Maps Datasets API enabled. To learn more, see Set up your Google Cloud project.

Get an API key

Enable the Maps JavaScript API

Enable the Maps Datasets API

Create a map ID

To create a new map ID, follow the steps in Cloud customization. Set the Map type to JavaScript, and select the Vector option.

Provide a map ID using the mapId property when you instantiate the map . The map ID must correspond to the map style that is associated with the dataset to display.

const position = new google.maps.LatLng(40.75, -74.05);
const map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map'), {
  zoom: 11,
  center: position,
  mapId: 'YOUR_MAP_ID',

Create Vector map ID

Create a new map style

To create a new map style, follow the instructions in Manage map styles to create the style, and associate the style with the map ID you just created.

Update your map initialization code

To use the data-driven styling for datasets, first load the Maps JavaScript API, by adding the inline bootstrap loader to your application code, as shown here (use v=beta in your API script tag):

  (g=>{var h,a,k,p="The Google Maps JavaScript API",c="google",l="importLibrary",q="__ib__",m=document,b=window;b=b[c]||(b[c]={});var d=b.maps||(b.maps={}),r=new Set,e=new URLSearchParams,u=()=>h||(h=new Promise(async(f,n)=>{await (a=m.createElement("script"));e.set("libraries",[...r]+"");for(k in g)e.set(k.replace(/[A-Z]/g,t=>"_"+t[0].toLowerCase()),g[k]);e.set("callback",c+".maps."+q);a.src=`https://maps.${c}`+e;d[q]=f;a.onerror=()=>h=n(Error(p+" could not load."));a.nonce=m.querySelector("script[nonce]")?.nonce||"";m.head.append(a)}));d[l]?console.warn(p+" only loads once. Ignoring:",g):d[l]=(f,...n)=>r.add(f)&&u().then(()=>d[l](f,...n))})({
    key: "YOUR_API_KEY",
    v: "weekly",
    // Use the 'v' parameter to indicate the version to use (weekly, beta, alpha, etc.).
    // Add other bootstrap parameters as needed, using camel case.

Check map capabilities (optional)

Data-driven styling for datasets requires a map ID. If the map ID is missing, or an invalid map ID is passed, data features cannot load. As a troubleshooting step, you can add a mapcapabilities_changed listener to subscribe to map capability changes. This will indicate whether the following conditions have been met:

  • A valid map ID is in use.
  • The map ID is associated with a vector map.

Using Map Capabilities is optional, and recommended only for testing and troubleshooting purposes, or for runtime fallback purposes.

// Optional: subscribe to map capability changes.
map.addListener('mapcapabilities_changed', () => {
  const mapCapabilities = map.getMapCapabilities();

  if (!mapCapabilities.isDataDrivenStylingAvailable) {
    // Data-driven styling is *not* available, add a fallback.
    // Existing feature layers are also unavailable.

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