Google Map Saver


As many of you noticed since Google changed their maps GMS experienced problems.

If you have problems with GMS please try GMS.NET from

Please let me know by writing a comment if GMS.NET works better for you.

TIP: To get rid of the bogus icons on top of the map, simply click the content of the map, once, before saving. Please Note that GMS.NET requires Microsoft.NET v3.5+

What’s new?

144 MPixel Map from OpenStreetMap created with GMS.NET View it here

It seems that TIFF format is more optimized for huge map sizes so please save as TIFF for big resolution.
March 2014 – As Google changed their API I recommend trying GMS.NET. If it works better than old GMS let me know, write a comment!

January 2013 – Here are some descriptions about Google Maps Saver in various languages:
                      | ItalianoFrançois | Español | Português | Russian | Chinese |

September 2012 – Apparently Google Maps Saver was used for this nice project.

September 17,  2011 – As expected the GMS is working on Windows 8. Here is the video and a preview of GMS.NET (Microsoft .NET required).

April 30, 2011 – Got some time to recompile and work on GMS. Version 1.0.3 is out. If you download it and run it you will get also a tutorial.


    • 15 November 2012 – GMS Trends on Google Trends
    • 16 February 2012 – Found here a Good How-To about Google Maps Saver in Chinese
    • 29 April 2011 – Google Map Saver on Linux.
    • 10 november 2010 – The winter is long here in Germany, that means that I may get some time to update Google Map Saver ;-). So, please comment any bugs or features on this thread. I will consider them by the number of the requests.
    • 20 September 2010 – GMS has now over 100.000 direct downloads from my website and around 110.000 search pages on Google. I just want to emphasize this, for the GMS users who forget that the GMS is a FREE, non-commercial software. I’m updating and respond to your questions in my spare time (when I get some). Thanks for you patience and thanks for using GMS fairly

  • 28 November 2009 – Version 1.0.2 is out
    • Fixed PNG bug
  • 26 October 2009 – You can follow me on Twitter to get updates
  • 25 October 2009 – FAQ and Issues hereDownload GMS!
  • 23 October 2009 – 1.0.1 (beta) released
    • Remembers up to 128 locations that you typed
    • You can add your custom resolution, just type e.g 1456×2345 in the Resolution Box and press the plus button. With Minus button you can remove a certain entry
    • Able to save last actions and last window location after exit
  • 21 October 2009 – You can type in the Resolution box whichever resolution you want (e.g.  31234 x 4321)
  • 7 July 2009 – Can Save Maps (PNG, Targa, BMP) bigger than 200 MPixel
  • 5 July 2009 – Added Targa Save Support
  • 30 June 2009 – First Beta


Google Map Saver (GMS) offers you an easy way to download big Google Maps on your PC as JPEG, PNG-8, PNG-24, BMP or Targa files. GMS is light (only ~400 KBytes) and very easy to run since doesn’t have an installer. Just download it on your Desktop and Run-It!

GMS runs on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

GMS is 100% free, no spyware!

Here is a sample map saved with GMS

Created with Google Map Saver

and here is the BIG jpeg (on Flickr)

Removing the Watermark

Just follow the steps described in the image bellow in order to activate your free copy.


GMS is not Crippleware. The superimposed watermark  can be removed, easily, with three clicks. It is there only that you visit the About Box ;-)

By Downloading and running GMS you agree with the license and with the “Fair Use” terms listed bellow.

Fair Use

I was trying to be fair, in relation with you, the user, by giving this application for free, so please try the same and please follow my recomandations:

  • Do not use maps created with GMS for commercial purpose.
  • Do not use the downloaded maps in conjunctions with navigation hardware.
  • Even if it is possible to retrieve greather than 4000×4000 pixels maps, I don’t recommend you to do that.
  • Do not try to automate GMS with automation tools (e.g. AutoHotKey). You will break the Google’s Terms of Use (bulk download).
  • Do not remove the Google overlays and copyright notes.


  • Q: Can I run it on Linux or Mac?
    A: I think you can by using WineHQ.
  • Q: I think your tool breaks the Google’s Terms of Use
    A: I was thinking about this before I made the application public. What I can tell you, is that I’m not using any tricks (e.g. direct and bulk downloads) to get the maps. I’m simply using the a standard Google URL via IFRAME. Google allows us to see bigger maps. I found is possible, I did it. In GMS one user request = one Google Maps access. No bulk download.
  • Q: There are other ways to save Google maps?
    A: Yes! They are. Some are commercial OR there are some free Firefox hacks. I’m not competing theese solutions. I just wanted something simple AND free.
  • Q: How can I contribute?
    A: Make some comments, give some suggestions, spread the word, digg it or…
  • Q: Will you keep this tool free?
    A:  Yes

GMS is Beta! If you find any bugs or you have any ideas please comment.

Before you download GMS, check out CinemaGIF Live, a new software from the author of Google Map Saver


User’s Tips

Tip: To save huge maps (e.g. if you get Out Of Memory error), Save the map as BMP. To convert the BMP to other formats (e.g. JPG or PNG) use the free Paint.NET software.
If you get a yellow box saying Loading… e.g. on WinXP Home SP3 Here’s a hint from GMS user Simple Simon’s Snail who found a workaround (Thanks Simon!)
Tip from MuhammadA lot of people has been asking about loading Google My Place into this map. I’ve found the solution. You’ll need Fireshot extension/addon for Firefox/Chrome.

1. First, find out the address of your Google My Place, should look like this:
2. Just enter any location in the “Location/POI” and the resolution you wanted. As for “Zoom” and “Map Type” you can adjust later.
3. Once the image appear, right-click on the small white gap between the map image and the blue bar, select view source.
4. Once the Notepad appear, replace the address starting with search Location/POI) with your Google My Places address.
5. Save As your Notepad and select “All Files”, Your filename should end with .htm
6. Open your .htm file with your web browser.
7. Adjust your “Zoom” and “Map Type” to your likening.
8. Once you have decide the final view of your map, from the dropdown menu of your Fireshot extension/addon select “Capture entire page and…”, “Save” , select format you want.
9. Done.

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  1. I also cannot save – on the instructions screen, I can, and I can get the map to show up ok – but when a map is showing, the Save option is greyed out.

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  3. How do you, or can you change orientation? I only seem to be able to save a south facing view.

  4. Hi all..
    How to use just ‘Coordinates’ and leave the ‘Location/POI’ blank/empty?

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  6. Thank you for this good effort. But you are using one type of map layer overlay, which is Google maps, if you add another types of map overlies like yahoo maps and bing maps or even OSM maps this can give the user options to select from these types of overlies thank you.

  7. Thank you so much Guys…
    that’s really helpful

  8. Hi guys,
    thank you so much for your work!
    but I think that now the Terrain Fuktion doesn’t work any longer.
    Hybrid, Satellite and Map are still ok.

  9. G’Day Muhammad,

    I have been using GMS for several years now to mke maps for SC4, today I went to use it and as you may already know it no longer works with the new go-ogle maps unfortunately. Such is life because it was a very useful tool.
    Do you have plans to update GMS.


  10. Hi Guys…

    GMS Developer here…

    Please have a look to the announcement on this page. GMS.NET may work better after the Google Maps API Update. If GMS.NET works or doesn’t for you let me know.

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  13. Hi, first of all let me tell you tha you’re doing a gread job. Now, i have a problem, after google pubblished the new google maps, I can’t get the “terrain” images with GMS. It shows me the map in that case. Can you please tell me how to solve this problem? Regards

  14. You might try the following, but it might not work for you.

    - Update to GMS.NET choose the right resolution.. (big resolution might not work)
    - Navigate to a random location (press Go)
    - use the “Devil” button with
    - once you get the terrain map use the ui to navigat to a location
    - you can use the gui withing the browser control to zoom in/out etc.
    - once you get the right spot press the Save button

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  18. Hi,
    thank you for this great tool
    unfortunately neither the satellite- nor the terrain-view is working for me – they all show the map-view
    I am using version winth Windows 7 64

  19. Hi. This is a great tool. But I’m unable to use it. Before I stop using it for good I wanted you to know that I am having trouble saving the images. When I click Save Map, it takes me to a save window. When I press save and open the folder where I had saved it, it’s not there. I tried different folders and different formats but doesn’t work.

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