Google Maps

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Google Maps widget
Description:Allows you to add Google Maps.
Author:Sergey Chernyshev
Provider:Google Maps
Code:Widget:Google Maps
Updated:October 13, 2017
If you use code on your wiki which is older than this date you may want to update since your widget may be insecure or broken.
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To copy this widget to your wiki, cut and paste the entire source of the Google Maps widget code page into a page called Widget:Google Maps on your wiki.

If you don't have the Widget extension set up on your wiki, go to its description page on and follow the installation instructions.

Note: Google now requires users to provide an API key. This widget does not yet? cater for this. Older users may continue to use Google Maps without an API key.

This widget allows you to add Google Maps widget to your wiki page.

Created by Sergey Chernyshev


  • height and width define map dimensions, 420x350 is default
  • lat - map center latitude
  • lng - map center longitude
  • maptype - type of the map, roadmap (default), satellite, hybrid
  • zoom - zoom level (defaults to 16)
  • xml - URL of XML (KML/GeoRSS) data source (only one can be used for now) *
  • Markers:
    • centermarker - if set, then marker is added in the center of the map
    • Custom markers are defined using,, additional parameters can be set to customize a marker:
      • - title (only works on JavaScript-powered maps)
      • - letter icon (capital A-Z, only works on JavaScript-powered maps)
      • - URL for the custom icon, 20x34px (only works on JavaScript-powered maps)
  • Controls *:
    • maptypecontrol - buttons that let the user toggle between map types (such as Map and Satellite)
    • largemapcontrol - displays a large pan/zoom control used on Google Maps
    • smallmapcontrol - displays a smaller pan/zoom control used on Google Maps
    • smallzoomcontrol - displays a small zoom control (no panning controls) used in the small map blowup windows used to display driving directions steps on Google Maps
    • scalecontrol - displays a map scale
    • overviewmapcontrol - displays a collapsible overview map in the corner of the screen
    • hierarchicalmaptypecontrol - displays a selection of nested buttons and menu items for placing many map type selectors

Map types

By default, map is displayed using dynamic user interface with movable map, controls, loadable XML and so on.

If you want static map image to be displayed, add static=yes which will tell widget to use Google Static Maps API. It does not support XML (KML or GeoRSS) and controls, but supports markers. Use this one when you want map to load faster and to avoid JavaScript slowing down your page. Static map is also used for graceful degradation when dynamic map is specified, but client doesn't support dynamic features like JavaScript.


Sometimes it's hard to get all the parameters you need for a map to display - coming up with longitude and latitude, correct zoom levels and so on might take too much time.

To help with this problem, we created a bookmarklet that you can use on Google Maps site to grab map widget code for current location with just one click.

Drag this bookmarklet Maps Widget Code to your links toolbar and just click it when you want to post a location on the map to your wiki.

You can insert this bookmarklet into your wiki using Google Maps bookmarklet widget.

Sample results

Moscow, Russia (static map with center marker)

{{#widget:Google Maps

KML feed from (Melbourne Landmark Locations from Melpedia)

{{#widget:Google Maps

Metropolitan Museum of Art (with two markers and lots of controls)

{{#widget:Google Maps
|marker.met.title=Metropolitan Museum of Art
|marker.met.text=The Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially The Met) is a renowned art museum in New York City. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided into nineteen curatorial departments.
|marker.centralpark.title=Central Park
|marker.centralpark.text=Central Park is a public park in the center of Manhattan.


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