Need a way to export Google Map to PDF?

If so, you arrived at the right place as we will show you how to convert Google Map to PDF in a few simple steps.

Converting Google Maps to PDF is fast with the help of cloudlayer.io and the Google Static Maps API, together, they make it easy to create beautifully-rich, map-embedded PDFs.

With Cloudlayer you can embed Google Maps to Exported PDFs

Google Static Maps doesn't use javascript and creates images for a given URL.  This image can be embedded into the HTML you are converting to PDF by using the <img> tag.

With Google Static Maps API, you can:

· Add markers.

· Draw paths and polygons.

· Zoom in or out on the map.

· Adjust the image size.

· Scale the image.

· Change the image format.

· Adjust the map type.

· Center the map on a given coordinate.

For complete documentation, click here to learn more.

Export Google Map to PDF in Three Easy Steps

Converting Google Map to PDF is a three-part process, we will walk you through it below.  

Keep in mind, after creating the map image, you will need to embed its URL into the HTML before it can be converted through cloudlayer, this is because cloudlayer's API will search for the image source so that it can be included within the generated PDF.

Step 1 - Create a Google Static Map URL

If you searched create Google Map static URL you are not alone; many developers and freelancers searched the same, but wonder not, the first step to doing so is a simple one.

The Google Maps Static API returns images in JPEG, PNG, or GIF format which is sent in response to an HTTP request made via the URL.

Each request you make allows you to define the:

· Location to be displayed on the map.

· Size of the image.

· Zoom level.

· Type of map (such as terrain style).

· Placement of map markers.

With the Maps Static API, you can also label marked locations using alphanumeric characters.

With a Maps Static API, you can also embed Google Maps images to a webpage without needing JavaScript or dynamic page loading.  

The Maps Static API service creates map images based on the URL parameters sent through a standard HTTP request, after which it will return the map as an image that can be embedded into HTML for conversion to PDF form.

Let's take a look at an example of a URL in action.

The following is a URL to an image created by the Maps Static API, the example URL is for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

The URL leads to the following, static-image result:

Notice that nothing special was needed to get the image to display on the page; no JavaScript required, we only needed to create the URL and place it within the <img> tag for it to show.

Authentication

Before you use the Maps Static API you must first enable it.  

Next, you will need to obtain your authentication credentials.  

Visit the Get Started with Google Maps Platform to acquire the credentials needed to create your static map URL.

Limits and Pricing

For details regarding quotas and limits, please refer to Google's usage and billing page for additional information.

How to create Google Static Maps API

Before you convert Google Maps to PDF you will first need to create your API.

Using the Maps Static API requires you to have an API key; this is a unique identifier used for authenticating requests but for billing purposes too.

Depending on usage, you may need a digital signature as well, this allows Google to verify that incoming requests from your API are authorized to do so.  Regardless of your usage, though, it's recommended you use a digital signature concurrently with the API at all times.

Get your API key

Remember, you need to have at least one API key associated with your project.

To create or retrieve your API key:

· Visit the Google Cloud Console.

· Select the project drop-down menu or create a new project for which you need an API key.

· Click on the blue, three-lined button and navigate to APIs & Services and then Credentials.

· While on the Credentials page, select + Create Credentials and then API Key.  Once done, the newly-generated API key will display.

· Close out the page, you can then access your API key on the Credentials page.

For additional documentation on creating, setting up, and using a Maps Static API and key, visit here or here.

There are also tools that allow you to create static map URLs without an API, here is one option.

Step 2 - Prepare the HTML for Conversion to PDF

Now that you created your map you will need to copy its URL so it can be embedded into your HTML code.  This needs to be done as this is what allows cloudlayer.io to source the image for inclusion in your exported PDFs.

You will notice an image source tag has been added to the HTML.  

In this tag is the correlating link to the map's image.  Before you convert Google Maps to PDF using cloudlayer.io, adding the maps image source to the HTML is required.

Step 3 - Convert your Map to a PDF

Now that you have created your map, and now that you've added it to your HTML code, you are now ready to convert the map into a PDF.

For more information on converting your map to a PDF, visit cloudlayer's HTML to PDF guide to review the steps.

With the map embedded into your webpage, you can simply grab the page's URL and input it into your application to be converted through cloudlayer.

Since the cloudlayer.io API allows users to generate PDFs from both URLs and HTML, if you have a map needing conversion to PDF that is already on your site, you will only need the URL to the page to process the conversion; cloudlayer will handle the rest.

It couldn't be any simpler to convert Google Maps to PDF, but then again, since cloudlayer.io services focus on efficiency, ease-of-conversion is to be expected.

Cloudlayer - Google Maps to PDF Conversion

Converting Google Maps to PDF form is as easy as creating your cloudlayer account, which you need to convert your map to PDF.

First and foremost, cloudlayer.io is not your typical conversion service.  It's a platform boasting a powerful, high-performance API enabling users to convert HTML and web pages into PDFs at volumes and rates competing services cannot emulate.

Whether needing to convert one or ten-thousand maps into a PDF, cloudlayer.io can accommodate.  You can also generate hundreds of PDFs at the same time thanks to multi-threading technology.

Cloudlayer.io does not rate-limit users or developers as it's a solution focused on scaling with the conversion needs of users.

Create Account - Convert Google Maps to PDF

Getting started is fast, head over to the Create Free Account link atop the cloudlayer.io website or click here.

Once created, you will notice your credit balance has $1, this isn't by accident; all new accounts receive a dollar in free-trial credit to test the service.

You're likely wondering how far you can stretch a dollar with cloudlayer.io, and if you are, you'll be enthused to know it's enough to process over two-thousand conversions.

Yes, you read that correctly, you can:

Convert 2,000 files, web pages, or maps to PDF free.

At cloudlayer.io, the needs of users and developers come first, the success of our users is our own too so we make conversions and rates friendly and accommodating to businesses of all needs and budget sizes.

Cloudlayer.io is all about speed; you can set up your profile, activate the API, and convert Google Map to PDF within minutes.

While our conversion service suits users only needing to make a few requests monthly, our platform is geared for high-volume PDF output too in order to satisfy workflows needing hundreds to thousands of PDFs created daily.

The search is over, your Google Map to PDF solution is here.

Create an account, claim your free credit, and begin to export Google Map to PDF files swiftly.

Our dev-favorite conversion API meets and surpasses the most demanding of needs, give us a try today as the only regret you will have is that you didn't find our solutions sooner.