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Guide: Google Maps V2 for Android : Creating your Google Map Application:

If you already got your Google Maps Android API V2 key then you are ready to create
your map application. If you don’t head to my Guide: Google Maps V2 for Android :
Getting the API key
post to read how to get it.

So lets start:
1. Open Eclipse and create a new Android project.
The first thing that we will handle is the import of Google Map classes.
To get the Google Maps files we need to download the last version of
Google Play Services via the Android SDK Manager.

2. After you downloaded the Google Play Services, restart Eclipse and
in the Package Explorer Right-Click –> Import….
In the opened windows choose “Existing Android Code into Workspace” and click “Next”.
Click the “Browse…” Button and head to the location of your SDK folder.
in it find the following folder:


and press “OK”, check the V next to it in the window and press the “Finish” button.

3. Now you added Google Play Services to your work space, we have to create a reference
from our project to this library. Right-Click your project and choose “Properties” go
to the Android section, in the lower part press the “Add…” button and add a reference
to that library. Your result should be as in the screen shot bellow:

adding google play services library

Note: If you try to reference google-play-service library and you receive a red X next to this
reference, what you should do is to move the .jar file to a location where it’s path will be shorter
and then reference it again.

4. Another import we have to make in order to make our application work on
Operation system prior to API11 is to import the support library this can be done very easily
using Eclipse: Right-Click you project and choose “Android Tools” and then choose
“Add Support Library…”:


When you finish those import you should have the following libraries (Red) in the
Android Dependencies folder (Green) of your project:

5. We are now ready for some codding: First of all open the Android Manifest file:
add the following permissions:

<permission android:name="your.application.package.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE" android:protectionLevel="signature"/>
<uses-permission android:name="your.application.package.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>
<uses-permission android:name=""/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />

Important: Replace your application package instead of the current “your.application.package” string.

As mentioned in the comments by @Keilaron it looks like since the Google Play Services
3.1.59 update the MAPS_RECEIVE permissions are completely unnecessary and as a result
they can be removed.

6. Next, Google Maps uses OpenGL so we have to add OpenGL support to our application
by adding this to the Manifest file:


7. Finally add your key to you application right before you close your “application” node
in the Manifest file:

android:value="Your Google Maps API V2 Key" />

8. Now create an Activity that extends from “FragmentActivity”:

import android.os.Bundle;

public class MapActivity extends FragmentActivity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

9. Finally for map_layout, XML layout file that was set
as a content view of the map activity write the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:orientation="vertical" >

        android:layout_height="match_parent" />

10. UPDATE: The last update for Google Play Services library revision 13 introduced
a new meta-data tag that should be added as well to your Android Manifest file.
So go ahead and add this right next to your API key meta-data code:

android:value="@integer/google_play_services_version" />

And that’s it, run the application and you should see a full screen map:


Remember that if you want to run the application in the emulator you should install
Google Play Services first.

Enjoy and stay tuned.

Guide: Google Maps V2 for Android : Getting the API key

Since I have been working on an Android application that uses Google map
services I have decided to write a couple of posts on this topic.
The application will be posted here as well in the near future.

The first thing you have to know when implementing Google Maps for android is
that you have to produce your own Google Map Android API V2 key.
Now there is a reason that I’m marking this name, take a careful look that you turning on
the right Key in you API Console and that you have chosen the API for Android
and not the Google Maps API V2 or V3 for example.

So how do we get an API key, you ask? Well it’s a few steps task:
1. First of all we need to find our SHA1 key. For debugging
purposes we will use the debug.keystore file to get our SHA1 key. to do that
we will use a tool named ‘Keytool‘ that come with Java installation.
so open you command prompt, head to the following location:

C:\Program Files\Java\<your JDK or JRE instllation>\bin>

and run the next command:

keytool -list -v -keystore C:\Users\<your user name>\.android\debug.keystore -storepass android -keypass android

You will recive the following output:

SHA1 key pic
Copy the SHA1 key by right-clicking the command prompt choosing ‘Mark’, then
mark the all key and right-click again on the marked text to copy it.

2. Now that we have the SHA1 key we can head to the Google API’s Console,
sign-in with our Google account and create a new project by clicking the drop box
in the upper-left corner of the screen and choosing the ‘Create…’ option:

create in google api

Give a name to your project and create it.

3. Once you have done that head to the Services section and turn on the Google Map Android API V2:

api service

4. Now open the API Access section and press the Create new Android key… button.

In the window that opens you will have to enter you SHA1 key you got in the 1. section adding
to it your application package name after a semicolon as in the example:


After pressing the Create button you will recieve you own Google Maps API V2 key for Android.

My next post will explain how to use this key to create a Google map in your application.