I want to know if the latest version of Openlayers (v4.0.1) supports Google Maps as a Tile Layer. I can't find any document ion about this. If Openlayers doesn't support Google Maps, could someone tell me if there is any way to do this?

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I can use Google Maps in OpenLayers 4.2 like this under my WMS layer and its perfectly fitted with EPSG:3857 projection:

new ol.layer.Tile({source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://khm{0-3}.googleapis.com/kh?v=742&hl=pl&&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' })})

Why do you need a plugin?

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JSFiddle link


new ol.layer.Tile({ source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=m@113&hl=en&&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' })})

If you face the fitted problem with EPSG:3857 projection when you use Geoserver or other vector sources; use like this

new ol.layer.Tile({
        'title': 'Google Maps Uydu',
        'type': 'base',
         visible: true,
        'opacity': 1.000000,
         source: new ol.source.XYZ({
         attributions: [new ol.Attribution({ html: '<a href=""></a>' })],
         url: 'http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=y&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}&s=Ga'
  • Awesome! After googling the entire first half of the day, this is the best solution that saved me a lot of work! :)
    – AME
    Oct 26, 2017 at 13:02
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    This shows satellite view, how can I show the default view that loads on google map?
    – BiJ
    Feb 28, 2018 at 8:57
  • @BiJ default view? roadmap or hybrid? I added roadmap view tile define this answer. Feb 28, 2018 at 10:41
  • Hi, it's not working anymore (404) do you have a workaround? Oct 15, 2018 at 9:26
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    Hi @AlexandreMélard I updated this code sample and its work perfectly, jsfiddle.net/omurbilgili/eyytw0gc/569 Oct 19, 2018 at 12:46

It's possible to us ol.source.Tile to access to every google maps. For everybody needs it, this is the basic code to create every available google maps layer to add to a map developed in Openlayers 4:

var googleLayerRoadNames=new ol.layer.Tile({
    title: "Google Road Names",
    source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=h&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' }),

var googleLayerRoadmap=new ol.layer.Tile({
    title: "Google Road Map",
    source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=m&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' }),

var googleLayerSatellite =new ol.layer.Tile({
    title: "Google Satellite",
    source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=s&hl=pl&&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' }),

var googleLayerHybrid =new ol.layer.Tile({
    title: "Google Satellite & Roads",
    source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=y&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' }),

var googleLayerTerrain =new ol.layer.Tile({
    title: "Google Terrain",
    source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=t&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' }),

var googleLayerHybrid2 =new ol.layer.Tile({
    title: "Google Terrain & Roads",
    source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=p&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' }),

var googleLayerOnlyRoad=new ol.layer.Tile({
    title: "Google Road without Building",
    source: new ol.source.TileImage({ url: 'http://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=r&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}' }),

No it doesn't, and it will probably never support it, since there is no direct tiles access with GMaps. The only option that I know of is still something like: https://github.com/mapgears/ol3-google-maps

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    I could not get, what is the issue here, Ömür Bilgili already gave the sample code which works fine. Nov 27, 2017 at 10:05
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    It works but it's a violation of their terms of service.
    – bartvde
    Nov 27, 2017 at 14:06

I have already given an answer here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/42616386/6068293 could you please comment if that is what you are looking for?

Creating a solution for the plain map data would need to combine the understanding of the data downloaded by such requests: https://www.google.pl/maps/vt/stream/pb=!1m7!8m6!1m3!1i11!2i348!3i816!2i4!3x65535!2m3!1e0!2sm!3i375060690!2m38!1e2!2sspotlight!4m2!1sgid!2sXMf6EbH1C4DOnd6foX0POg!8m32!1m2!12m1!20e1!2m8!1s0x80c2c75ddc27da13%3A0xe22fdf6f254608f4!2sLos+Angeles%2C+Kalifornia%2C+Stany+Zjednoczone!4m2!3d34.0522342!4d-118.24368489999999!5e1!6b1!9e0!11e1!13m10!2shplexp%2Ca!15b1!18m3!5b0!6b0!8b0!22m3!6e2!7e3!8e2!19u6!19u7!19u11!19u12!19u14!19u20!20m1!1e6!3m8!2spl!3spl!5e1105!12m4!1e68!2m2!1sset!2sRoadmap!4e1!6m6!1e12!2i2!28e3!39b1!44e2!50e0&authuser=0

The creation of data in the memory of the browser: https://superuser.com/questions/948738/what-is-the-blobhttp-prefix-and-where-can-i-learn-more-about-this and retrieving tiles from BLOB data put in the browser

  • One more thought on the subject. Tiles are available under a following addresses: maps.google.com/maps/… which have been utilized by a previous version of OpenLayers and GoogleMaps API itself. The only problem is to find out the meaning of the pb parameter... Mar 11, 2017 at 21:54
  • I still don't know the whole pb argument, but X, Y and ZOOM of the tile are placed as marked below: !1m5!1m4!1i{ZOOM}!2i{X}!3i{Y}!4i256!2m3!1e0!2sm!3i3175062737!3m9!2spl!3sUS!5e18!12m1!1e47!12m3!1e37!2m1!1ssmartmaps!4e0 Mar 11, 2017 at 22:01
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    I doubt this is a legal approach
    – bartvde
    Jun 28, 2017 at 13:07
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    I haven't been aware, but @bartvde is right: No access to APIs or Content except through the Service Jun 29, 2017 at 8:48

There is a way to include google maps to openlayers. You can copy my code. (TypeScript)

import {Layer} from './../abstract-layer';
import {Injectable} from '@angular/core';

declare var ol: any; declare var window: any;

@Injectable() export class GoogleLayers extends Layer { private layers = []; private language = 'en'; private country = 'US';

constructor() { super(); var me = this; let layerRoad = new ol.layer.Tile({ visible: false, preload: Infinity, source: new ol.source.TileImage({ wrapX: true, maxZoom: 19, url: `http://maps.google.de/maps/vt?pb=!1m5!1m4!1i{z}!2i{x}!3i{y}!4i256!2m3!1e0!2sm!3i375060738!3m9!2s${this.language}!3s${this.country.toUpperCase()}!5e18!12m1!1e47!12m3!1e37!2m1!1ssmartmaps!4e0` }) }); layerRoad.displayName = 'Google Maps Road'; let layerSatelliet = new ol.layer.Tile({ visible: false, preload: Infinity, source: new ol.source.TileImage({ maxZoom: 19, wrapX: true, url: `https://www.google.de/maps/vt/pb=!1m5!1m4!1i{z}!2i{x}!3i{y}!4i256!2m2!1e1!3i762!3m9!2s${this.language}!3s${this.country.toUpperCase()}!5e1105!12m1!1e4!12m1!1e47!12m1!1e3!4e0!5m1!1e0` }) }); layerSatelliet.displayName = 'Google Maps Satellit'; this.layers.push(layerRoad); this.layers.push(layerSatelliet); } getLayers() { return this.layers; } }

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Openlayers has stopped supporting Google maps from version 3 onwards. Try to use leaflet instead of Openlayers. Which is light weight and has most of the features of Openlayers. If anything is missing you can easily add it as a plugin.Adding Google Maps using ol.layer.Tile is against Google license agreements.

  • I don't know why people are downvoting - this answer is correct.
    – Eoin
    Jan 8, 2021 at 9:05

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