Map layers and types

The map image consists of one or more layers stacked on top of each other. For example, a layer of an area photographed by satellite can be covered with a layer of a roadmap for this area. Layers can be combined. Various combinations of layers form the existing map types (“Roadmap”, “Satellite”, “Hybrid”).

The list of necessary layers is set using the "l" parameter (the lowest layer should be specified first).

Layer Image format Description
map PNG Map of an area with names of geographical objects.
sat JPG A satellite photo of the area.
skl PNG Names of geographical objects.
trf PNG Traffic jams layer.

Layers can be combined. The available map types ("Roadmap," "Satellite" or "Hybrid") each correspond to a layer or specific combination of layers:

  • map - "Roadmap" map type.
  • sat - "Satellite" map type.
  • sat, skl - "Hybrid" map type.

Examples for each map type are provided below:

Roadmap (l=map)

Map of the center of Istanbul:,41.043451&spn=0.1,0.1&l=map

Roadmap showing traffic (l=map,trf,skl)

Roadmap of the center of Istanbul showing traffic:,41.043451 \

Satellite (l=sat)

Satellite map of the center of Istanbul:,41.043451 \

Hybrid (l=sat,skl)

Hybrid map of the center of Istanbul (the map framework is on the "satellite" layer):,41.043451&spn=0.1,0.1&l=sat,skl

Hybrid map showing traffic (l=sat,trf,skl)

Hybrid map of the center of Istanbul showing traffic:,41.043451&spn=0.1,0.1&l=sat,trf,skl