MapQuest Developer Blog

  • MapQuest Directions Web Service and Long URL Web Service Released

    Along with today's relaunch of the MapQuest Developer Network, we're also launching two new products to go with it.

    Directions Web Service

    First is our new Directions Web Service, which frees you of having to use a language-specific SDK for directions data and provides maximum flexibility in how you integrate those directions into your application.

    Features include:

    • Basic and Advanced Routing
    • Route Matrix
    • Draggable Routes

    Long URL Web Service

    One of the issues with Internet Explorer is that it has a 2048 character limit for URLs. This is problematic for long GET requests, since the URL could be truncated and cause an invalid request.

    The Long URL Web Service provides a solution to this by allowing your request to be split up in chunks. We then provide a single response.

    Easy to Use

    Both of these products kick off our new approach to helping developers. The documentation also contains the working code samples with source code, and all of it lives along-side the service.

    More to Come

    More Web Services are in the works. Check out the Beta section of the MapQuest Developer Network to try out our Geocoding Web Service and our Static Map Web Service.

  • MapQuest Developer Network Relaunched!

    DevNet Next

    MapQuest is happy to announce the launch of a completely rebuilt and revised MapQuest Developer Network. Our goal is to make it easy for the growing development community to get started with the MapQuest Platform and for experienced developers to find what info they need fast.

    What's New

    Documentation Made Easy
    Our new Web Services and upcoming 6.0 SDKs will have a simpler and concise set of documentation so you can view instructions, variables, samples, and source code all at-a-glance.
    Consolidated Application Management
    Your applications are now attached to MapQuest My Places. No more tracking multiple sets of credentials for the various MapQuest applications you manage. Access all of your account settings, tools, and resources from one place. If you were a user of our TRC, we've provided an easy way to migrate your accounts.
    Reorganized Site; Cleaner Interface
    Site content is now organized by product and technology, each with a dedicated forum to discuss topics with other developers. The site also has a cleaner look.

    devnet screens

    Check It Out

    Please give our updated Developer Network a look and let us know what you think.

  • JavaScript SDK 6.0 Beta: Now with iPhone Events

    iPhone ScreenshotWe've had a lot of excitement this month with multiple launches and cool projects. We wanted to make sure that we also highlight our recently updated JavaScript 6.0 SDK Beta. In the latest build, we've got some great additions to the feature set:

    • Overlay support, including CircleOverlay for quickly showing a radius
    • Routes can now be run without needing a map
    • Wrapper functions for easy access to the Directions Web Service RouteMatrix call

    The big new feature this time is support for iPhone/Mobile Safari events such as pinchToZoom. When Mobile Safari is detected, the support module is automatically included, registering touch events.

    In a few lines of code, you can also take advantage of the geolocation services in the device and default your map the the user's location.

      function(position) {
            lat:  position.coords.latitude,
            lng:  position.coords.longitude

    More news and announcements coming soon. Stay tuned.

  • We Love L.A.! Meet Us at Adobe Max!

    In addition to auditioning for sitcoms at the studios, MapQuest will be at the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles, October 4th-7th. We'll be talking to developers, showing demos of our MapQuest Platform using the current 5.3 AS3 SDK and our upcoming 6.0 SDK (currently in Beta). My colleague Ant will also be demonstrating his ability to cry on cue for any casting directors in attendance.

    We've also partnered with Adobe to power an Interactive Map of the area. The MapQuest-built Adobe Max Locator application will show conference goers nearby restaurants, hotels, conference shuttle locations, and other hot spots near the Los Angeles Convention Center, home to this year's event.

    Adobe Max Locator

    If you're heading to Adobe Max, stop by and say "Hi!" We'll be in Community Pavilion Booth #843, sitting next to you in the Sessions, or in line to audition for the parts of "Guys in Background" for an upcoming episode of "How I Met Your Mother."

  • Geocoding and Static Map Web Services Now In Beta

    In recent weeks we've had a string of updates talking about new services and features we've been working on. Today we've got two new Web Services we're releasing into beta and a feature update for the Beta Directions Web Service.

    Geocoding Web Service

    We're jazzed to release the Geocoding Web Service into beta. You can now make a simple request containing an address and the service will return a latitude and longitude.

    You can also make a request containing the Latitude and longitude and we'll tell you the address of that location.

    Static Map Web Service

    While interactive and draggable maps are useful for many things, sometimes a good ol' single map image is what's needed for your application. While we've made these maps available for well over a decade, you can now build them using our new Static Map Web Service. This allows you to easily create, configure, and return a map image. this includes adding POI icons, traffic data, or shapes to you maps.

    This also means you can easily embed a map into any web page without writing or embedding any code. Just insert the map like any other image.

    static map

    Directions Web Service

    Powered by our new Static Map Web Service, you can now return a static map image for each maneuver of a route narrative. Like on, this will allow you to show your users a map containing additional detail of the transition to their route.

    maneuver map

    More information is available on our Developer Network Beta page and included in the MapQuest Platform: Web Services Documentation.

  • The Blog Post Referring to the Other Post Soliciting for SXSW Panel Votes

    Vote for our PanelPicker Ideas! MapQuest is on the road to Austin, Texas - hopefully to speak on panels at SXSW Interactive. Over on our sister blog for, we've got an overview of the two panels we're stumping for votes:

    The Blog Post Where We Solicit for 2010 SXSW Interactive Panel Votes

    If you already know how SXSW works and want to jump straight to the voting, here's the panel info:

    Thanks for the PanelPicker votes and see you in Austin!

  • Big Beta Updates: Fun Globes, Colorful Stars, Zooming Mice, Chunked URLs and More

    So we have a bonanza of beta and preview updates to share with you. We've been busy making a number of updates to the MapQuest Platform and we've been creating new Web Services and revising our client-side SDKs.

    Here's what we've got to show you today:

    AS3 SDK 6.0 - NEW!

    We're happy to introduce the preview release of our AS3 SDKs, Version 6.0. This rewrite makes the SDK more modular, create smaller final .swfs, and add and improve a number of new features like:

    • POI Decluttering Refactored
    • globe view / ocean breeze controls screenOur popular Globe View has been refactored and made a separate component. We've even added a handy feature to let the globe reorient itself when you've turned your world upside-down.
    • New Control Component style (Ocean Breeze) to match the ones available on
    • Raster images are now remotely loaded. So your application only pulls in what's needed
    • Overview map control added
    • Mouse-wheel zoom controls and keyboard controls added
    • We've added a vector-based POI star. It's scalable and color-customizable too.

    vector stars

    Download and check out samples from our Beta page.

    JavaScript SDKs 6.0 - UPDATED!

    In this update, we've added:

    • Route Options for tailoring your route
    • Toggle Route Dragging on and off
    • Basic mouse wheel support for zooming

    Check out the updated documentation and samples here.

    Long URL Web Service - NEW!

    Today also marks the introduction of a new service which will allow you to manage large GET requests in Internet Explorer, which can't handle them. While we've put a lot of effort into making our URLs smaller and sane to the human eye, there are still scenarios where a complex request can get pretty beefy. Our new Long URL Web Service will automatically chunk-up the request and still be able to use a JSONP callback in the response.

    Directions Web Service - UPDATED!

    In our fourth feature release, we've now added draggable routes to the service. You now have the option of adding draggable routes through the Directions Web Service or our JavaScript SDK 6.0.

    We've also added a Route Shape feature. This will allow you to return a route shape from a previous request without have to re-run the route.

    Even more features and updates are in the works. Stay Tuned.

  • MapQuest Platform: JavaScript SDK 6.0 Preview Release with Draggable Routes

    Today we've released a preview of our upcoming 6.0 version of the MapQuest Platform: JavaScript SDK. This version release is a complete overhaul of the code base and designed to be more modular, more lightweight, and easier-to-use code. We've also simplified our documentation, making it easier to follow and reference and complete with inline samples and source-code snippets.

    One notable feature in this initial release is that Draggable Route functionality is included. This will allow developers to build applications that let their users dynamically edit their directions right from the map.

    drag route screenshot

    Find out more information on our Developer Network Beta Page, and we welcome your feedback.

  • Directions Web Service Beta Adds Route Matrix Feature

    Last week we pushed out Optimized Routing to our Directions Web Service beta. The week before that we introduced our new Directions Web Service. Today we're making the Route Matrix feature available.

    A Route Matrix request in the Directions Web Service will return a quick and easy calculation of the distances and drive times between a bunch of points.

    In the table below, we want to compare the times and distances between:

    • York, PA
    • Lancaster, PA
    • Boalsburg, PA
    • and Sunbury, PA

    You'd ask the Directions Web Service something like this:

        REQUEST URL:
           locations: [
              "York, PA",
              "Lancaster, PA",
              "Boalsburg, PA",
              "Sunbury, PA"
           options: {
              allToAll: true

    And with the results, you could display something like this:

    Driving distance (in miles)

    York, PA Lancaster, PA Boalsburg, PA Sunbury, PA
    York, PA 0.00 25.68 107.85 78.45
    Lancaster, PA 25.92 0.00 120.64 91.25
    Boalsburg, PA 107.42 120.94 0.00 62.48
    Sunbury, PA 78.84 92.36 61.80 0.00

    Driving times (in seconds)

    York, PA Lancaster, PA Boalsburg, PA Sunbury, PA
    York, PA 0 2260 7253 5930
    Lancaster, PA 2348 0 7771 6448
    Boalsburg, PA 7350 7816 0 5098
    Sunbury, PA 6048 6514 5019 0

    Check out the complete documentation for Route Matrix and the rest of the Directions Web Service Beta and please continue to send us your feedback.

  • Premium Data Sets Now Available

    For our Enterprise Edition users, we've just introduced Premium Data Sets. This allows easy integration of location-based point, boundary, and demographic data into your application.

    New York Median Income
    New York Median Income

    Premium Data Sets include:

    • US Boundaries
      • Parcels
      • City, County & State
      • ZIP codes
      • Neighborhoods
      • School districts
      • Core Based Statistical Areas, including Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
      • Congressional Districts
    • US Census Data (2000)
      • Broken down by Block, Group, Tract, ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA), City, County & State
      • Over 400 Categories to choose
    • Premium Business Listings
      • 13+ million US and 2+ million Canada Business Listings
    • US Public School Locations
      • Over 102,000 public schools
    • US Traffic
      • Incident and Flow data

    Existing customers should contact your MapQuest Sales Account Manager or email to enable access.

    If you don't already have access to the MapQuest Platform, sign-up for a free Developer License, then email

    Denver Parcel Data
    Denver Parcel Data
    New York ZIP Code Data
    New York ZIP Code Data
    San Francisco Neighborhoods
    San Francisco Neighborhoods