Tilt and Rotation

You can programmatically adjust tilt and rotation (heading) on a vector map. In this example, we add some buttons to programmatically adjust tilt and heading.

Understand the code

Setting tilt and heading

  • Call setTilt() to set the tilt angle of the map. Use getTilt() to get the current tilt value.
  • Call setHeading() to set the heading of the map. Use getHeading() to get the current heading value.

TypeScript

function initMap(): void {
  const map = new google.maps.Map(
    document.getElementById("map") as HTMLElement,
    {
      center: {
        lat: 37.7893719,
        lng: -122.3942,
      },
      zoom: 16,
      heading: 320,
      tilt: 47.5,
      mapId: "90f87356969d889c",
    }
  );

  const buttons: [string, string, number, google.maps.ControlPosition][] = [
    ["Rotate Left", "rotate", 20, google.maps.ControlPosition.LEFT_CENTER],
    ["Rotate Right", "rotate", -20, google.maps.ControlPosition.RIGHT_CENTER],
    ["Tilt Down", "tilt", 20, google.maps.ControlPosition.TOP_CENTER],
    ["Tilt Up", "tilt", -20, google.maps.ControlPosition.BOTTOM_CENTER],
  ];

  buttons.forEach(([text, mode, amount, position]) => {
    const controlDiv = document.createElement("div");
    const controlUI = document.createElement("button");

    controlUI.classList.add("ui-button");
    controlUI.innerText = `${text}`;
    controlUI.addEventListener("click", () => {
      adjustMap(mode, amount);
    });
    controlDiv.appendChild(controlUI);
    map.controls[position].push(controlDiv);
  });

  const adjustMap = function (mode: string, amount: number) {
    switch (mode) {
      case "tilt":
        map.setTilt(map.getTilt()! + amount);
        break;
      case "rotate":
        map.setHeading(map.getHeading()! + amount);
        break;
      default:
        break;
    }
  };
}

declare global {
  interface Window {
    initMap: () => void;
  }
}
window.initMap = initMap;

JavaScript

function initMap() {
  const map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map"), {
    center: {
      lat: 37.7893719,
      lng: -122.3942,
    },
    zoom: 16,
    heading: 320,
    tilt: 47.5,
    mapId: "90f87356969d889c",
  });
  const buttons = [
    ["Rotate Left", "rotate", 20, google.maps.ControlPosition.LEFT_CENTER],
    ["Rotate Right", "rotate", -20, google.maps.ControlPosition.RIGHT_CENTER],
    ["Tilt Down", "tilt", 20, google.maps.ControlPosition.TOP_CENTER],
    ["Tilt Up", "tilt", -20, google.maps.ControlPosition.BOTTOM_CENTER],
  ];

  buttons.forEach(([text, mode, amount, position]) => {
    const controlDiv = document.createElement("div");
    const controlUI = document.createElement("button");

    controlUI.classList.add("ui-button");
    controlUI.innerText = `${text}`;
    controlUI.addEventListener("click", () => {
      adjustMap(mode, amount);
    });
    controlDiv.appendChild(controlUI);
    map.controls[position].push(controlDiv);
  });

  const adjustMap = function (mode, amount) {
    switch (mode) {
      case "tilt":
        map.setTilt(map.getTilt() + amount);
        break;
      case "rotate":
        map.setHeading(map.getHeading() + amount);
        break;
      default:
        break;
    }
  };
}

window.initMap = initMap;

CSS

/* 
 * Always set the map height explicitly to define the size of the div element
 * that contains the map. 
 */
#map {
  height: 100%;
}

/* 
 * Optional: Makes the sample page fill the window. 
 */
html,
body {
  height: 100%;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
}

.ui-button {
  background-color: #fff;
  border: 0;
  border-radius: 2px;
  box-shadow: 0 1px 4px -1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);
  margin: 10px;
  padding: 0 0.5em;
  font: 400 18px Roboto, Arial, sans-serif;
  overflow: hidden;
  height: 40px;
  cursor: pointer;
}
.ui-button:hover {
  background: rgb(235, 235, 235);
}

HTML

<html>
  <head>
    <title>Tilt and Rotation</title>
    <script src="https://polyfill.io/v3/polyfill.min.js?features=default"></script>

    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="./style.css" />
    <script type="module" src="./index.js"></script>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div id="map"></div>

    <!-- 
     The `defer` attribute causes the callback to execute after the full HTML
     document has been parsed. For non-blocking uses, avoiding race conditions,
     and consistent behavior across browsers, consider loading using Promises
     with https://www.npmjs.com/package/@googlemaps/js-api-loader.
    -->
    <script
      src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=AIzaSyB41DRUbKWJHPxaFjMAwdrzWzbVKartNGg&callback=initMap&v=beta"
      defer
    ></script>
  </body>
</html>

Try Sample

Clone Sample

Git and Node.js are required to run this sample locally. Follow these instructions to install Node.js and NPM. The following commands clone, install dependencies and start the sample application.

  git clone -b sample-webgl-tilt-rotation https://github.com/googlemaps/js-samples.git
  cd js-samples
  npm i
  npm start

Other samples can be tried by switching to any branch beginning with sample-SAMPLE_NAME.

  git checkout sample-SAMPLE_NAME
  npm i
  npm start