Migrate from Directions API or Distance Matrix API

This guide describes how to migrate apps that use either Directions API or Distance Matrix API to using the Routes API. For details on the Routes API, see product overview.

Update the REST API endpoints

Update your code to use the new Routes API endpoints

From Directions API

Directions API https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/directions/outputFormat?parameters
Routes API https://routes.googleapis.com/directions/v2:computeRoutes

From Distance Matrix API

Distance Matrix API https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/distancematrix/outputFormat?parameters
Routes API https://routes.googleapis.com/distanceMatrix/v2:computeRouteMatrix

Convert URL parameters to use an HTTPS request body

With Directions API and Distance Matrix API, you pass configuration properties as URL parameters to an HTTP GET request. For example, for the Directions API:


With the Routes API, you pass parameters in a request body or in headers as part of an HTTP POST request. For examples, see:

Convert waypoints represented as encoded polylines to intermediate waypoints

Specifying waypoints as encoded polylines is available in the Directions API to fit a large number of waypoints in the URL limit of 8192 characters. This feature is not necessary in the Routes API because waypoints can be transmitted in the REST or gRPC requests body as intermediate waypoints.

Convert existing parameters to Routes API parameters

The following table lists parameters in the Directions API and Distance Matrix API that have been renamed or modified, or parameters that are not supported in the GA release. Update your code if you are using any of these parameters.

Routes or Distance matrix parameter Routes API parameter Notes
alternatives computeAlternativeRoutes
arrival_time Not available because TRANSIT mode not available.
avoid routeModifiers

Not included in the response. You must include the following statement when displaying the results to your users:

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For example:

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departure_time departureTime
distance distanceMeters Distance is only available in meters.
duration_in_traffic Removed in the Routes API, use duration. For more information, see Functionality changes for the new Routes API above.
language languageCode Supported for Compute Routes only.
mode travelMode

Added support for TWO_WHEELER.

TRANSIT mode not available.

region regionCode

status Not available. Use the HTTP response codes for errors reported by the API. See Handle request errors for more information.
traffic_model Not available.
transit_mode Not available because TRANSIT mode not available.
transit_routing_preference Not available because TRANSIT mode not available.
units Not available for route matrix.
waypoints intermediates Removed support for encoded polylines.
optimize=true for waypoints Not available.