All the “Location & Maps” projects that Google has open sourced


Google’s open source code has a new home – Open Source has been at the core of Google since its beginning, and the company is a big backer of open source projects.

With all of Google’s Open Source contributions can be easily accessed in one location – including all the “Location & Maps” projects/libraries that Google has contributed to (24 as of 10th April 2017). Here’s the link to the “Location & Maps” landing page. Google even wrote a “How Google does open source” document, which is really interesting in its own right.

Google Earth Enterprise

Google Earth Enterprise is probably the most famous among the repositories that Google has open sourced in recent times. Earth Enterprise was deprecated back in 2015, but Google decided to open source it since many customers continue to use it actively.

Open Location Code

Interestingly, one of the projects that Google had Open-sourced is Open Location Code – a service that turns addresses into so-called “plus codes” that are easier to use than latitude and longitude for places where street addresses don’t exist or don’t work well.  Ahem, isn’t that exactly what3words is for?


Marzipano is a cool media viewer that lets you incorporate 360° street-view like images for web browsers and mobile devices. The cool thing about Marzipano is that you can easily convert your panoramas into the street-view images that the demo below visualizes (Marzipano tool).

There are quite a few interesting projects in the open source projects including Cartographer in Google’s new Open Source homepage – take a look (Google Open Source).


SOURCEGoogle Open Source
I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.


  1. Interesting article. You wrote regarding “Open Location Code “Ahem, isn’t that exactly what3words is for?”. That statement implies that w3w primo is open source, and secondo was first. In fact it’s not open source nor was it first… And actually IMHO it’s not even better.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here