New Google Maps URLs – Photo Options

Unfortunately, it is pretty much impossible to create a photo URL for Maps without having already accessed the photo via the standard web interface. To illustrate, let’s look at the URL Maps provided for an image of the Pittsburgh skyline:,+PA/@40.410447,-79.999124,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1s75481719!2e1!3e10!!7i1245!8i594!4m2!3m1!1s0x8834f16f48068503:0x8df915a15aa21b34!6m1!1e1

If we break down the data options, we see:

!3m8 – Map/display type, 8 elements
   +-!1e2 – Photo View
   +-!3m6 – Photo/image information, 3 elements
        +-!1s75481719 – Photo internal ID?
        +-!2e1 – Unknown (only 1 & 4 seen for photos)
        +-!3e10 – Unknown, varies
        +-! … – Image URL
        +-!7i1245 – Width in pixels?
        +-!8i594 – Height in pixels?

!4m2 – Map/route/display options, 2 elements
   +-!1e2 – Photo View
        +-!1s0x8834f16f48068503:0x8df915a15aa21b34 – Internal ID?

!6m1 – Unknown, 1 element
   +-!1e1 – Unknown

The shortest URL I’ve been able to reproduce this photo with is:!3m4!1e2!3m2!1s75481719!2e1

However, this still includes the (apparent) internal Maps ID for the photo, and I have found no way to exclude that piece of information and still get a photo (any photo). So, all this section will let you do is save a lot of space if sending a photo URL to a friend.

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