26 November 2006

Google Maps Directions via KML Google Earth

Some google mappers have noticed that you can create kml files from google maps
Directions SW1 to SW2 on Google Maps

Example directions from SW1 to SW2 in London

to create the kml simply add '&output=kml' to the end of the url in google maps

This will create a kml file for you to either save or open in Google Earth.
Directions SW1 to SW2 in Google Earth
Now for the clever bit, as google maps api does not support directions.

copy the file and rename it .xml and not .kml

if you have a webserver you can upload, like here

then create a page with your route like this


KML (keyhole markup language) a google earth format (which is xml) which allows users to create directions from google maps (not the api).

110mb.com is a free hosting service that supports mysql and php.
(but does not allow cross domain parsing of javascript - for security issues)

Thanks to Mike Williams web page.

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At Friday, February 02, 2007 12:29:00 pm, Blogger arena said...

apparently not working any more ....

At Friday, February 02, 2007 12:43:00 pm, Blogger arena said...

well for France you have to type the same request like this :


At Thursday, May 24, 2007 6:46:00 pm, Blogger Devin said...

does this method still work? I'm desperately trying to figure out how i might be able to display directions within my maps API. Can anyone shed light?

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:58:00 am, Blogger ddf93 said...

Use Google┬┤s own map api:

function getRoutePlan (slat, slng, dlat, dlng) {
var fromCoordinates = slat + ',' + slng;
var toCoordinates = dlat + ',' + dlng;
var url = 'http://maps.google.de/maps?hl=XX&saddr=' + fromCoordinates + '&daddr=' + toCoordinates + '&output=kml';
var geoXml = new GGeoXml(url);

//zoom in/out to show both start and destination locations - and zoom a bit extra out
var bounds = new GLatLngBounds();
bounds.extend(new GLatLng(slat,slng));
bounds.extend(new GLatLng(dlat,dlng));
map.setCenter(bounds.getCenter(),map.getBoundsZoomLevel(bounds) - 1);

note: XX is countrycode for language

This will give You a nice overlay.

At Monday, June 25, 2007 2:15:00 pm, Blogger laststubborn said...

dear all ;

I would like to overlay my KML file.
I have used this syntax below however it didnt work. Can some one help me to solve this?
var kml = new GGeoXml("http://localhost:2000/aaaa/bb.kml");

At Tuesday, August 26, 2008 11:55:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It works alright - thanks!
You can add multiple routes to the same map by calling GDownloadUrl for each kml file you want on.


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