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Activate the Google Maps JavaScript API

To get you started we'll guide you through the Google Developers Console to do a few things first:

  1. Create or choose a project
  2. Activate the Google Maps JavaScript API and related services
  3. Create appropriate keys
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Ground Overlays

This example creates a ground overlay on top of a map.

Read the documentation or view this example full screen.

// This example uses a GroundOverlay to place an image on the map
// showing an antique map of Newark, NJ.

var historicalOverlay;

function initMap() {
  var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map'), {
    zoom: 13,
    center: {lat: 40.740, lng: -74.18}
  });

  var imageBounds = {
    north: 40.773941,
    south: 40.712216,
    east: -74.12544,
    west: -74.22655
  };

  historicalOverlay = new google.maps.GroundOverlay(
      'https://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/newark_nj_1922.jpg',
      imageBounds);
  historicalOverlay.setMap(map);
}
<div id="map"></div>
/* Always set the map height explicitly to define the size of the div
 * element that contains the map. */
#map {
  height: 100%;
}
/* Optional: Makes the sample page fill the window. */
html, body {
  height: 100%;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
}
<!-- Replace the value of the key parameter with your own API key. -->
<script async defer
src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=AIzaSyCkUOdZ5y7hMm0yrcCQoCvLwzdM6M8s5qk&callback=initMap">
</script>

Try it yourself

Hover at top right of the code block to copy the code or open it in JSFiddle.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>Ground Overlays</title>
    <style>
      /* Always set the map height explicitly to define the size of the div
       * element that contains the map. */
      #map {
        height: 100%;
      }
      /* Optional: Makes the sample page fill the window. */
      html, body {
        height: 100%;
        margin: 0;
        padding: 0;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div id="map"></div>
    <script>
      // This example uses a GroundOverlay to place an image on the map
      // showing an antique map of Newark, NJ.

      var historicalOverlay;

      function initMap() {
        var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map'), {
          zoom: 13,
          center: {lat: 40.740, lng: -74.18}
        });

        var imageBounds = {
          north: 40.773941,
          south: 40.712216,
          east: -74.12544,
          west: -74.22655
        };

        historicalOverlay = new google.maps.GroundOverlay(
            'https://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/newark_nj_1922.jpg',
            imageBounds);
        historicalOverlay.setMap(map);
      }
    </script>
    <script async defer
    src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=YOUR_API_KEY&callback=initMap">
    </script>
  </body>
</html>

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