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We usually use Google Maps with its default styles which is the most familiar one to all.

However, starting with v3 of the Google Maps API, it can be customized with ease so that the look and feel can match the website’s design.

Snazzy Maps

Snazzy Maps is a website which shares many Google Maps styles freely.

There are already 20+ styles and, once clicked, the JavaScript array for the style is displayed and can be downloaded.

Map Icons is a free icon font that is built to be used with Google Maps API + Google Places API.

These icons extends the Google Maps Marker object to enable either an image or SVG marker to be used with the icon placed on top as a label. But, but they can be a perfect fit for any mapping-related content/app.

It includes 100+ icons with items for almost any type “points of interest” and location markers.

Map Icons

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  • When building any map-related applications, there are many popular providers to select from like Google Maps or Bing Maps and they provide APIs for integration.

    However, using an open source engine and the ability to switch providers anytime offers more freedom + flexibility.

    Cesium, a WebGL-powered JavaScript mapping library, offers just that by being provider-agnostic.


    It has support for 3 different views: 3D globe, 2D map, and 2.5D Columbus View where transitioning from one to another is just a line of code.

    Drawing any type of shapes, highlighting specific regions and interacting with the map using mouse or touch is pretty easy.

    Cesium comes as a single JS file and work in all major browsers including mobile.

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  • Map Icons Designer is a free set of 200+ icons that are designed to be used in maps.

    The set is available in 2 formats: PSD (vector shape) + PNG and includes items for transportation, hotels, restaurants, animals and much more.

    There are also 10 different-styled location pins where all look great.

    And, the set is completely free to be used in both personal + commercial projects.

    Map Icons Designer

    Kartograph is a framework for creating interactive maps without any mapping provider (like Google Maps).

    It consists of 2 libraries:

    • a Python library thatrenders vector maps from shapefiles or PostGIS and converts them to SVG
    • a JavaScript library for turning these SVG data into interactive maps

    If you already have the SVG data (for ex: any drawing can be converted to SVG with Adobe Illustrator), only the JavaScript library can help too.

    The JS library uses jQuery + Raphaël, outputs can be styled with CSS and a very good documentation is provided.

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