Host the icons on Google Drive

Here is a tutorial to host the icons on your Google Drive account:

1/ Inside Google Drive, create a folder called “MapIconsCollection”

2/ Right-click on the folder “MapIconsCollection”,and use the “Share” menu, and change “Who has access” into ”Public on the web”

3/ Enter the folder ”MapIconsCollection”

4/ Download this HTML file :  GoogleDriveHosting.html. It’s just a dummy file to help getting the url of the icons

5/ Upload GoogleDriveHosting.html to the “MapIconsFolder”:
Google will ask if you want to convert: No you don’t want to convert it.
Google will ask if you want to share the file: Yes.

6/ Right-click on the filename “GoogleDriveHosting.html” and choose “Open with > Google Drive Viewer”

7/ On the new window, click on the “Preview” button

8/ On the new window, copy the URL that should look like:

https://googledrive.com/host/0B21DW8BAAHkZdzU3ZUJFTWk3b1U/GoogleDriveHosting.html

And keep the URL somewhere.

9/ Now download some icons you need

10/ Upload the icons into the “MapIconsCollection” folder and remember the filename of each icon, for example “daycare.png”

11/  The icons should now have a direct URL like

https://googledrive.com/host/0B21DW8BAAHkZdzU3ZUJFTWk3b1U/daycare.png

You can also show the Details of an icon within Google Drive, allowing you to get the Google Drive URL of the icon.

All the next icons you upload will use the same kind of URL.

7 Responses to Host the icons on Google Drive

  1. Stefano says:

    It seems to work! Now I try for a few days and then I go back alive.
    You are a great Nicolas!!!

  2. This helped a lot. Thank you!

  3. Kyo says:

    I would say that sharing picture in PhotoBucket is easier than in GoogleDrive

    • nicomollet says:

      Thanks for your feedback, I will make a tutorial for Photobucket too.

      People prefer to use Google Drive because they are used to it.

  4. Marit says:

    Hey. I did not read this before I read this:
    This project doesn’t allow you to hotlink the icons. Once you found the icons you want to use on your maps, you must host the files on your own server or on a file sharing service like Dropbox and Google Drive.
    But I don`t know how to remove them from my map. I`m sorry.
    Can you help me?

    • nicomollet says:

      Hello Marit

      Unfortunately, there is only one way: edit each place on your Google "My maps" one by one…

      1/ Upload an icon on your server, copy the url
      2/ Edit a place, add an icon, paste the url
      3/ Repeat with each place :(

  5. fannyminka says:

    Excellent guide! Thank you!!

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