Host the icons on Dropbox

If you have a Dropbox account, created before October 4th, 2012 (meaning you have the public link feature) you can follow this tutorial:

1/ Install the Dropbox app

2/ Download some icons. Right-click on an icon and “Save image to” your hard-drive.

3/ Place the icon files in your Dropbox “public” folder. You may create a sub-folder “mapicons” and place all the icons into it.
(Dropbox tutorial : How do I add files to my Dropbox?)

4/ Get the Dropbox URL of each icon : right-click on a Dropbox file and select “Dropbox > Copy Public Link”.
(Dropbox tutorial : How do I link to files in my Dropbox?)

5/Then in Google “My Maps”, edit the marker, and choose “my icons”, “add icon” and paste the url of the icon previously copied in Dropbox.

10 Responses to Host the icons on Dropbox

  1. Lacy says:

    Amazing way to host the icons on Dropbox!! I'm quite happy to learn such interesting process of icon hosting. Looking forward to follow the instructions!

  2. Lucian says:

    I can download from DropBox.
    Why? Looking forward to follow the instructions!

  3. Read More says:

    Download some icons. Right-click on an icon and “Save image to” your hard-drive.

  4. Jessi says:

    This is a very useful discussion about on the Host the icons on Dropbox which i need to know completely because i had no idea on the website host.

  5. Kevin Right says:

    Very useful tutorial! Hope my Dropbox account is now fully adopted.

  6. instagram says:

    cool tutorial as always thanx

  7. there could be some problems using dropbox because of lack of encryption in it.

  8. matt says:

    All of my dropbox hosted icons all were replaced with red Xs on my Google Earth. Why did this happen and how can I prevent it from happening again? My company depends on the mapping we do.

    • nicomollet says:

      Are you sure the icons are still on Dropbox folder?
      I cannot garantee how Dropbox works and will work in the future. Maybe it's best to host the icons on a dedicated company service.

  9. Thanks for the tutorial, I just realize that there is a simple trick in which I can host icons on my dropbox account. Not so many people are aware of this feature and when they know about this, I am pretty sure that they won’t miss using this feature.

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