Host the icons on Google Drive

Here is a tutorial to host the icons on your Google Drive account:

1/ Inside Google Drive, create a folder called “MapIconsCollection”

2/ Right-click on the folder “MapIconsCollection”,and use the “Share” menu, a popup will open, change “Who has access” into “Public on the web”

3/ Don’t close the popup, click “Copy Link”. This will copy a link like: with 0B21DW8BAAHkZdzU3ZUJFTWk3b1U being the docid of my folder. Yours will be a different.

4/ Enter the folder “MapIconsCollection”

5/ Now download some icons you need

6/ Upload the icons into the “MapIconsCollection” folder

7/ Now go to the URL:[docid] with [docid] being your docid. The following page will list all the icons in your folder.

8/ For each icon, left-click on the filename of the icon, and “Copy Link Address”.

9/ Now you can paste the URL in Google Maps or other maps applications.

Tutorial updated on January 27th 2015.

18 Responses to Host the icons on Google Drive

  1. Stefano says:

    It seems to work! Now I try for a few days and then I go back alive.
    You are a great Nicolas!!!

  2. This helped a lot. Thank you!

  3. Kyo says:

    I would say that sharing picture in PhotoBucket is easier than in GoogleDrive

    • nicomollet says:

      Thanks for your feedback, I will make a tutorial for Photobucket too.

      People prefer to use Google Drive because they are used to it.

  4. Marit says:

    Hey. I did not read this before I read this:
    This project doesn’t allow you to hotlink the icons. Once you found the icons you want to use on your maps, you must host the files on your own server or on a file sharing service like Dropbox and Google Drive.
    But I don`t know how to remove them from my map. I`m sorry.
    Can you help me?

    • nicomollet says:

      Hello Marit

      Unfortunately, there is only one way: edit each place on your Google "My maps" one by one…

      1/ Upload an icon on your server, copy the url
      2/ Edit a place, add an icon, paste the url
      3/ Repeat with each place 🙁

  5. fannyminka says:

    Excellent guide! Thank you!!

  6. adam says:

    doesn't work anymore…?

  7. Steve says:

    No luck getting this to work. The link I get from Google Drive sharing that doesn't end in .png or .gif, so Classic Maps rejects it.

  8. John says:

    I am having the same issue as Steve. Do you have a solution

  9. The Travel Project says:

    Worked, great tutorial!!

  10. Keith says:

    I see at the top of the page very noticeable ZIP DOWNLOAD, …… where is it?

  11. ignotus87 says:

    very useful tutorial, so many thanks

  12. Amy G says:

    I had this working a few weeks ago and now it is not. Very frustrating. “Copy link address” does not seem to be an option anymore. I cannot get the file name to show up when I copy to Google maps. Can’t get Dropbox to work either since I became a member after 2012. AARRGGH.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *