Bing and Google Maps Toolbar Python Add-in for ArcMap

Blog Post created by ian_broad on Apr 13, 2015

Updated – 2/4/2015
Fixed backwards compatibility with 10.1
Added exception handling for custom/undefined coordinate system, and Layout view.


Download the Bing and Google Maps Python Add-in for ArcMap - Works with ArcGIS 10.1+




The Bing and Google Maps Python Add-in allows you to click a location in ArcMap, and then your browser will open to that location in one of the Bing or Google Map styles.


If the toolbar didn’t automatically add to ArcMap, go to Customize –> Toolbars –> and click on Bing and Google Maps.




The included map styles are:

Google Street View

Google Maps

Google Satellite

Google Terrain

Bing Roads

Bing Bird’s Eye

Bing Aerial


I attempt to match the extent of the display in ArcMap to the extent shown in Bing or Google Maps.


I’ve recently found out the add-in will not work in Layout view, so I’ve added a warning message to alert the user. I’ve also added a warning message when the Data Frame coordinate system is either undefined, or uses a custom coordinate system.


Check out the following guide to add or remove a button, or add a keyboard shortcut for a button:
Tutorial On Customizing ArcMap Toolbars and Keyboard Shortcuts


I hope you find this tool useful. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or problems, and be sure to check out the other tools I’ve created!