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Using Google map as background map

Yes, but it does not explicitly state what URL to use for Google maps.

I struggle to understand why so many other other UAV ground control software packages can use Google Maps without it being so complicated.

If you can’t simply install it as one of the drop down boxes, then please provide step by step instructions for “dummies” !!

Thank you

The use of Google Maps tiles for flight planning is actually restricted in the sense that the user should make a request to Google to get authorization as these are not publicly available data. If you need further information, we suggest that you contact Google support directly and ask them for the URL for tile service.

Hope it helps :)!

Hi, I have contacted Google directly as you said. I have made an account with them so I can get a license or API key if/when required. Unfortunately this still does not help. I have cut and pasted their reply below


Thanks for reaching out, that’s really a confusing one. As you may have seen in the Android Maps API docs, there’s no such a thing as a URL for that. 


My best guess is that Pix4d wants you to integrate 


  • either the Javascript Maps API:



Both of them have some sort of a URL to identify your account.


If that doesn’t work, then maybe contact Pix4d support, imho they should be more clear in that step.


Can you please explain exactly what type of API key is required, and provide the URL to use Google Maps exactly as it is required to be typed, indicating where the user is required the enter their key. Hopefully this will avoid further messages back and forth !!


Thank you.


We tried to import several map providers (open source) with the Pix4Dcapture feature on Android, but we did not test Google Maps. The URL should be something like http ://{z}/{y}/{x} or very similar regarding the end, but the characters {z}, {y}, and {x} must be part of the URL.

There are several ways to integrate Google Maps API. Perhaps you can find more information in developer communities, e.g. is very resourceful.

I just wanted to add some extra data for clarification about what Pix4D uses for their default base map. Currently the use a developer platform called Mapbox ( ). Mapbox uses multiple commercial & government sources for their satellite and aerial imagery. Here is their documentation of sources and image accuracy:

Mapbox Satellite uses global satellite and aerial imagery from commercial providers, NASA, and USGS. As cities grow and landscapes change, we add newer, clearer, and more attractive imagery.

The current zoom level offerings include:

  • 0–8: MODIS 2012–2013.
  • 9–12: Landsat 5 & 7, 2010–2011.
  • 13–19: a combination of open and proprietary sources, including DigitalGlobe’s GBM 2011+ for much of the world, USDA’s NAIP 2011–2013 in the contiguous United States, and open aerial imagery from Denmark, Finland, and parts of Germany.

I know this doesn’t help with the Google Map requests, but useful data none-the-less.


Try this (worked for me):{x}&y={y}&z={z}&s=Ga

Michael Turner gracias, me soluciono el problema por completo, saludos amigo

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Can confirm adding the google source with Michael Turner’s url works and fixes the black map problem when zoomed in using mapbox.


Me funciono colocando como URL del satile de Micheal Turner

Google Map vs MapBox

To old to be use with MapBox. The biggest Bridge is not on the Map and no possibilities to zoom

This on Maputo Mozambique Africa

Worked with Michael Turner’s URL!  

I’m having problems displaying any basemap on PIX4d capture .  I’ve installed Pix4d capture and Ctrl-DJI on my Crystal Sky using APKs from apkpure and adb install.  The default Mapbox map does not display (map or imagery).  I have also tried Michael Turners URL again with no success (I tested it on an android tablet and it works well).

I have also tried:



So how are DJI messing with the mapping ?  Any suggestions please before I pull all of my hair out!

Hi Pete,

Can you send a screenshot of what you see, when trying to plan a mission?
What version of Pix4Dcapture are you using?
Are you updated with the latest CrystalSky firmware version?
In your case, I would suggest you reinstall the app from scratch.

Note that the CrystalSky is not officially supported by Pix4Dcapture yet. In the future, we will provide the latest APKs of our app at a defined location and it will come with a procedure on how to install them on the CrystalSky.


Gracias Michael. A mi también me funcionó.

 Michael Turner’s URL worked well. in the setting option of Pix4Capture while selecting the basemap provider press “+” icon, type name and in URL space type{x}&y={y}&z={z}&s=GaEnjoy and thanks to Michael Turner.

any update on the google crystal sky thing???

Hi Craig,

The DJI CrystalSky is now supported with Pix4Dcapture.
You can have a look at the procedure about how to install the latest APKs of our application on it here.


Base map displayed in Pix4dmapper is at least 4 years old at may location. Could you please explain in a simple way to “how to use google map in pix4dmapper…?”

Pix4D, can you please me how to update the basemap in Pix4D Mapper.  The one that is being used is VERY VERY old!  @arif03 arif03 has stated the same above.