What parameters should I use in a Google Maps URL to go to a lat-lon?


I would like to produce a url for Google Maps that goes to a specific latitude and longitude. Now, I generate a url such as this: 41.881N 152 31.324W

The resulting map comes up with a round "A" balloon pointer, which seems to point to the nearest named object, and a green arrow, which points to the lat-lon. Sometimes, as in this example, the "A" pointer is centered and is far enough away that you cannot see the pointer to the lat-lon. (Zoom out to see both pointers in this example. The "A" pointer is in the center of Alaska, while the lat-long pointer is on Kodiak Island.)

Are there some parameters I can use in the Google Maps URL that will produce a single pointer to a designated lat-lon? (This loads in a separate window. It is not embedded.)

7/1/2017 9:33:44 AM

Accepted Answer

In May 2017 Google announced the Google Maps URLs API that allows to construct universal cross-platform links. Now you can open Google maps on web, Android or iOS using the same URL string in form:

There are several modes that you can use: search, directions, show map and show street view.

So you can use something like,-152.522067

to open map and place marker on some lat and lng.

For further details please refer to:

7/1/2017 9:32:43 AM

yeah I had the same question for a long time and I found the perfect one. here are some parameters from it. = value


is used to specify the search query in Google maps search.
eg : or,-114.01679


is used to specify the location alternative to q=. Also has the added effect of allowing you to increase the AddressDetails Accuracy value by being more precise. Mostly only useful if query is a business or suchlike.


Zoom level. Can be set 19 normally, but in certain cases can go up to 23.


Latitude and longitude of the map centre point. Must be in that order. Requires decimal format. Interestingly, you can use this without q, in which case it doesn’t show a marker.


Similar to ll, only this sets the lat/long of the centre point for a business search. Requires the same input criteria as ll.


Sets the kind of map shown. Can be set to:

m – normal  map,
k – satellite,
h – hybrid,
p – terrain


Sets the starting point for directions searches. You can also add text into this in brackets to bold it in the directions sidebar.


Sets the end point for directions searches, and again will bold any text added in brackets.You can also add "+to:" which will set via points. These can be added multiple times.


Allows you to insert via points in directions. Must be in CSV format. For example, via=1,5 addresses 1 and 5 will be via points without entries in the sidebar. The start point (which is set as 0), and 2, 3 and 4 will all show full addresses.


Changes the units used to measure distance (will default to the standard unit in country of origin). Change to ptk for metric or ptm for imperial.


Does stuff with My Maps. Set to 0 show defined My Maps, b to turn the My Maps sidebar on, 1 to show the My Maps tab on its own, or 2 to go to the new My Map creator form.


can set miscellaneous values below:

h - Avoid highway
t - Avoid tolls



This should help with the new Google Maps:<name>/@<lat>,<long>,15z/data=<mode-value>
  • The 'place' adds a marker.
  • 'name' could be a search term like "realtors"/"lawyers".
  • lat and long are the coordinates in decimal format and in that order.
  • 15z sets zoom level to 15 (between 1 ~ 20).
  • You can enforce a particular view mode (map is default) - earth or terrain by adding these: Terrain: /data=!5m1!1e4
    Earth: /data=!3m1!1e3




Just use the coordinates as q-parameter. Strip the z and t prameters. While z should actually just be the zoom level, it seems that it won't work if you set any.

t is the map type. Having that said, it's not obvious how those parameters would affect the result in the shown way. But they do.

Maybe you should try the ll-parameter, but only decimal format will be accepted.

You can find a quick overview of all the parameters here.


The following works as of April 2014. Delimiting each component of the URL with + and & for spaces and addition statements, respectively.

Full HTML:

<iframe src=""></iframe>

Broken down:

where ?q= starts the general search, which I provide a venue, city, province info using + for spaces.


Next the geo-data. Lat and lng.


Zoom level


Required for iframes:


There have been a number of changes, some incompatible, since I asked this question 5 years ago. Currently, the following works properly:°41.881N 152°31.324W/@58.698017,-152.522067,12z/

The first latitude/longitude will be used for the pin location and label. It can be in degrees-minutes-seconds, degrees-minutes, or degrees. The second latitude/longitude (following the "@") is the map center. It must be in degrees only in order for the zoom (12z) to be recognized.

For terrain view, you can append "data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0!5m1!1e4". I can find no documentation on this, though, so the spec could change.


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