About the project

Free icons for Google Maps or Google Earth

Map Icons Collection is a set of more than 1000 free icons to use as placemarks for your POI (Point of Interests) locations on your maps. You can use them on Google Maps with the “My maps / my places” feature, automatically by using the Google Maps API or with WordPress mapping plugins like Maps Marker Pro.


Organized into logical color coded categories, for better and quicker overview, you get a complete and diverse collection of unique markers for point of interests, for example cinemas, hotels, banks, restaurants and stores.


The project was created in March 2009 by Nicolas Mollet, soon to be joined by Matthias Stasiak and Thierry Milherou and is by no means affiliated with Google.

Initially, the project was hosted on Google Code with the name “Google maps icons” : http://code.google.com/p/google-maps-icons/


Free time is used by all contributors to create and share icons for the Maps community. If you feel this project is useful to you and want to support it and it’s future development please consider donating money. We only ask for a small donation, but of course we appreciate any amount.

25 Responses to About the project

  1. Chris says:

    Great icons, just waht i was looking for and your website is very easy to navigate. I am definately going to be dontating! Great job!

  2. Cute project. thank you very much for your collaboration

  3. Jack says:

    Be good if you had a section spelling out how to use the icons in google, but thanks all the same!

  4. rostisslav says:

    Cute project. thank you very much for your

  5. Jeff says:

    Any limitations on using the icons with Bing Maps or other GIS maps?

  6. Jack says:

    This is a great project. and it would be even better if there was a correlation between the Icons File Names and Google-Places-API Business-Types (Categories): http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/pl

    • nicomollet says:

      Hello Jack,
      This is a good idea, I already checked the list of place types from Places.
      At the moment, not all types are in my collection (like roofing_contractor, travel_agency, accounting, lawyer…)
      When completed, I will change filenames according to the places types, sure.

  7. eurocups says:


    thanks for this great project. Can I use this icons only for diverse maps? Or can I use this also for simple webdesign?

  8. @drmmr763 says:

    This is an incredibly useful resource. I have a map that I need to create pins that have "AA, BB, CC.." etc.. on. Do you think you could share the master PSD for the letter's set or provide the font style so that custom pins can also be generated?

  9. Darshan Punjabi says:

    Really good website for mapping APIs. I was looking for same kind of icons. Very Useful. Thank you very much. 🙂

  10. pierre says:

    vraiment chouette tes icones..

  11. Great icons! Do you know of any public CDN's that host the icons? If not, perhaps this is something that can be done in the future.. e.g. analogous to how Jquery libraries are hosted by Google

    • nicomollet says:

      A CDN would be a good idea but the customization makes it hard to host an almost infinite numbers of icons. 255*255*255 colors * 7 styles = over 100 million versions of an icon 🙂

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    I savor, cause I found just what I was looking for. You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  13. Kallischmann says:

    Awesome resource of good looking icons. thx man

  14. Todor says:

    Great set of icons guys! Is there a way to get only the icons in a raw form, so that I can generate pins with different styles and colors. I tried generating the simple style icons in white but I get white shadows sometimes.

    • nicomollet says:

      At the moment, there is only the simple style that has a little white border.
      I don't share the source files sorry.

  15. shug says:

    First of all great icons, thanks a lot !
    Do you know if there is a way to get shadows under the marker ?
    Thanks one more time

  16. Derya Yinanc says:

    Great Project… definitely donating.

  17. Prashant says:

    Really great job… you guy rocks..

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