osmand with google earth

Howto add google earth (satellite images) to osmand:
Menu > Configure Map > Map Source > New:
Name: Google Earth
Url: http://mts0.googleapis.com/vt/lyrs=s&x={1}&y={2}&z={0}
Zoom: 1-18
Expiry: 259200 (0.5 year)
Every thing else: default

Now you can add as over- or underlay.

Hope you like it!


Except that Google’s terms of service are incompatible with OpenStreetMap and any edits you do using Google’s imagery are subject to redaction.

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@n76: Please explain where the problem is if I add this to my osmand app on my phone?

If for your personal use on your phone there should not be a problem. However if you make map updates via Osmand that use that imagery as a source there will be.


Okay, that’s what I thought, it’s just for my privat use, the included microsoft sat images are very poor.
Osmand is really a great tool, don’t know many apps which allow such cool tweaks.

thanx for this great trick, but does not work for me… Using OsmAnd 3.9.10 from F-Droid.
I added gearth as an overlay map, but nothing is shown. When using gearth as map source, nothing is shown either…
Exactly followed your instructions.


The link Url: http://mts0.googleapis.com/vt/lyrs=s&x={1}&y={2}&z={0}
Returns the following error

  1. That’s an error.

Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know.

Yes, the link does not work in a browser because osmand replaces the {?} with values.
Try http://mts0.googleapis.com/vt/lyrs=s&x=0&y=0&z=0 for example, then you’ll see google earth image. But in osmand you need the varable link above.

Please be sure to enable the online maps plugin: Menu > Plugins > Online maps: enable
And of course you have to be online :slight_smile:
I also tested your approach with using googe earth as map source, works as expected, you only see the sat image.
I’m using latest F-Droid Version 4.0.9, not sure if this may be a cause, I do not think so.

I have 2 questions:

  1. Expiry 259200 (o.5 year) What does this value mean ? After that date map not useable anymore ?

  2. Will the Google Earth map be updated automatically from time to time ?

Expire configures how long to cache the map tiles. Shorter expirations lead to more frequent updates but also increase the amount of data to fetch from the Internet. So yes, the map will be updated automatically.