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NativeScript plugin for Google Maps SDK

This is a cross-platform (iOS & Android) Nativescript plugin for the Google Maps API

NPM version Dependency status



iOS - Cocoapods is installed

Android - Latest Google Play services SDK installed

Google Maps API Key - Go to the Google Developers Console, create a project, and enable the Google Maps Android API and Google Maps SDK for iOS APIs. Then under credentials, create an API key.


Install the plugin using the NativeScript CLI tooling

tns plugin add nativescript-google-maps-sdk

Setup Google Maps API

See demo code included here

Live Demo here

Setup Android API Key

Nativescript < 4

First copy over the template string resource files for Android

cp -r node_modules/nativescript-google-maps-sdk/platforms/android/res/values app/App_Resources/Android/

Next modify the file at app/App_Resources/Android/values/nativescript_google_maps_api.xml, uncomment nativescript_google_maps_api_key string and replace PUT_API_KEY_HERE with your api key.

Then, in your AndroidManifest.xml located at app/App_Resources/Android/AndroidManifest.xml insert into your <application> tags

            android:value="@string/nativescript_google_maps_api_key" />

Nativescript 4+

First copy over the template string resource files for Android

cp -r node_modules/nativescript-google-maps-sdk/platforms/android/res/values app/App_Resources/Android/src/main/res

Next modify the file at app/App_Resources/Android/src/main/res/values/nativescript_google_maps_api.xml, uncomment nativescript_google_maps_api_key string and replace PUT_API_KEY_HERE with your api key.

Then, in your AndroidManifest.xml located at app/App_Resources/Android/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml insert into your <application> tags

            android:value="@string/nativescript_google_maps_api_key" />

The plugin will default to latest available version of the Android play-services-maps SDK. If you need to change the version, you can add a project ext property googlePlayServicesVersion like so:

//   /app/App_Resources/Android/app.gradle

project.ext {
    googlePlayServicesVersion = "+"

Setup iOS API Key

In the main script of your app app.js, use the following to add the API key (providing your key in place of PUT_API_KEY_HERE)

if(application.ios) {

If you are using Angular, you need to modify the app.module.ts as follows:

import * as platform from "platform";
declare var GMSServices: any;
if (platform.isIOS) { 

Adding the MapView

Modify your view by adding the namespace xmlns:maps="nativescript-google-maps-sdk" to your page, then using the <maps:mapView /> tag to create the MapView.

 <!-- /app/main-page.xml -->
    <maps:mapView latitude="{{ latitude }}" longitude="{{ longitude }}" mapAnimationsEnabled="{{ mapAnimationsEnabled }}"
    								zoom="{{ zoom }}" bearing="{{ bearing }}" 
    								tilt="{{ tilt }}" padding="{{ padding }}" mapReady="onMapReady"  
   								markerSelect="onMarkerSelect" markerBeginDragging="onMarkerBeginDragging"
   								markerEndDragging="onMarkerEndDragging" markerDrag="onMarkerDrag"
                                cameraMove="onCameraMove" />


The following properties are available to you for adjusting camera view.

Property Description
latitude number
longitude number
zoom number
bearing number
tilt number
padding array of numbers reflectig top, bottom, left and right paddings
mapAnimationsEnabled boolean of whether to animate camera changes


The following events are available:

Event Description
mapReady Called when Google Map is ready for use
coordinateTapped Fires when coordinate is clicked on map
coordinateLongPress Fires when coordinate is "long pressed"
markerSelect Fires whenever a marker is selected
shapeSelect Fires whenever a shape (Circle, Polygon, Polyline) is clicked. You must explicity configure shape.clickable = true; on your shapes.
markerBeginDragging Fires when a marker begins dragging
markerDrag Fires repeatedly while a marker is being dragged
markerEndDragging Fires when a marker ends dragging
markerInfoWindowTapped Fired on tapping Marker Info Window
cameraChanged Fired after the camera has changed
cameraMove Fired while the camera is moving

The property gMap gives you access to the raw platform Map Object - see their SDK references for how to use them ( iOS | Android )

//  /app/main-page.js

var mapsModule = require("nativescript-google-maps-sdk");

function onMapReady(args) {
  var mapView = args.object;

  console.log("Setting a marker...");
  var marker = new mapsModule.Marker();
  marker.position = mapsModule.Position.positionFromLatLng(-33.86, 151.20);
  marker.title = "Sydney";
  marker.snippet = "Australia";
  marker.userData = { index : 1};
  // Disabling zoom gestures
  mapView.settings.zoomGesturesEnabled = false;

function onMarkerSelect(args) {
   console.log("Clicked on " +args.marker.title);

function onCameraChanged(args) {
    console.log("Camera changed: " + JSON.stringify(; 

function onCameraMove(args) {
    console.log("Camera moving: "+JSON.stringify(;

exports.onMapReady = onMapReady;
exports.onMarkerSelect = onMarkerSelect;
exports.onCameraChanged = onCameraChanged;
exports.onCameraMove = onCameraMove;

UI Settings

You can adjust the Map UI settings after mapReady by changing the below properties on mapView.settings

Property Description
compassEnabled boolean - Whether the compass is enabled/disabled
indoorLevelPickerEnabled boolean - Whether the indoor level picker is enabled/disabled
mapToolbarEnabled boolean - Whether the indoor level picker is enabled/disabled ** Android only **
myLocationButtonEnabled boolean - Whether the my-location button is enabled/disabled
rotateGesturesEnabled boolean - Whether the compass is enabled/disabled
scrollGesturesEnabled boolean - Whether scroll gestures are enabled/disabled
tiltGesturesEnabled boolean - Whether tilt gestures are enabled/disabled
zoomControlsEnabled boolean - Whether the zoom controls are enabled/disabled ** Android only **
zoomGesturesEnabled boolean - Whether zoom gestures are enabled/disabled


Use gMap.setStyle(style); to change the map styling.

For Angular map styling, use this.mapView.setStyle(<Style>JSON.parse(this.styles)); inside of the onMapReady function. In this example this.mapView is the imported MapView from the plugin and this.styles is a reference to a json file that was created using the link below. The <Style> was also imported from the plugin as { Style }.

For map styles, see Google Maps Style Reference and the Styling Wizard.

Custom Info Windows (Beta)

To customize the marker info windows, define a template in your view like so:

 <!-- /app/main-page.xml -->
       <maps:mapView mapReady="onMapReady">
            <!-- Default Info Window Template -->       		
                <StackLayout orientation="vertical" width="200" height="150" >
                    <Label text="{{title}}" className="title" width="125"   />
                    <Label text="{{snippet}}" className="snippet" width="125"   />
                    <Label text="{{'LAT: ' + position.latitude}}" className="infoWindowCoordinates"  />
                    <Label text="{{'LON: ' + position.longitude}}" className="infoWindowCoordinates"  />
            <!-- Keyed Info Window Templates -->   
                <template key="testWindow">
                    <StackLayout orientation="vertical" width="160" height="160" >
                        <Image src="res://icon" stretch="fill"  height="100" width="100" className="infoWindowImage" />
                        <Label text="Let's Begin!" className="title" />

If a marker has the infoWindowTemplate property set like so:

var marker = new mapsModule.Marker();
marker.infoWindowTemplate = 'testWindow';

This will use the template with that key. If it's not set then it'll use the default custom template if set, overwise the standard info window.

** Known Issue - External Images fail to show in iOS info windows (local Images work fine)

Using with Angular

See angular demo code included here

// /app/map-example.component.ts

import {Component, ElementRef, ViewChild} from '@angular/core';
import {registerElement} from "nativescript-angular/element-registry";

// Important - must register MapView plugin in order to use in Angular templates
registerElement("MapView", () => require("nativescript-google-maps-sdk").MapView);

    selector: 'map-example-component',
    template: `
        <MapView (mapReady)="onMapReady($event)"></MapView>
export class MapExampleComponent {

    @ViewChild("MapView") mapView: ElementRef;

    //Map events
    onMapReady = (event) => {
        console.log("Map Ready");

Clustering Support (Issue #57)

There is a seperate plugin in development thanks to @naderio - see nativescript-google-maps-utils

Get Help

Checking with the Nativescript community is your best bet for getting help.

If you have a question, start by seeing if anyone else has encountered the scenario on Stack Overflow. If you cannot find any information, try asking the question yourself. Make sure to add any details needed to recreate the issue and include the “NativeScript” and "google-maps" tags, so your question is visible to the NativeScript community.

If you need more help than the Q&A format Stack Overflow can provide, try joining the NativeScript community Slack. The Slack chat is a great place to get help troubleshooting problems, as well as connect with other NativeScript developers.

Finally, if you have found an issue with the NativeScript Google Maps SDK itself, or requesting a new feature, please report them here Issues.


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