There are two different Data Layer tools:

  1. Layers Manager / My Data - this tool allows you to add your own layers and to import KML files. 
  2. Data Layer Information - this tool is called Layers in the Australian version, and is the Public Info part of the Data tool in the US version. This tool allows you to add public data layers to Nearmap imagery. This tool also includes the HotSpot functionality, and for Australian customers the tool includes Flooding and Shadowing information.

The Layers Manager / My Data tool is explained on this page, and includes the following sections:

Accessing the Layers Manager / My Data Tool

Use the toolbar to access the tool. Note that in the US version of MapBrowser, the tool is part of the Data tool, and is called My Data, while in the Australian version of MapBrowser the tool is called Layers Manager:


The Layers Manager / My Data tool is designed to work with the Site Planner tool to help you create more complex custom maps. The tool enables you to:

  1. Upload KML files to view them on Nearmap. Each KML file will appear in its own layer so you can easily combine it with other KML files, or with Site Planner objects in different layers.

  2. Create layers to hold different Site Planner objects to make it easy to create and manage more complex site plans.

  3. Save data between MapBrowser sessions (e.g., so you don't have to upload the same KML every time).

Like Site Planner, this feature is currently in development and will be improved and expanded over coming months. It is only available on certain subscriptions. If you have specific improvements or items you would like added, please contact us at

Upload KML Files

A KML (Keyhole Markup Language) file is an XML-based file format for representing geographical information. Nearmap currently supports a subset of the KML feature set, so KML files created in Google Earth may not be represented the same way in the MapBrowser.

To upload a KML file click on the Import KML button, navigate to the file and click Open.

The KML file will automatically appear in a new layer in Layers Manager / My Data and will be displayed in the MapBrowser.

You may add multiple files. Each file will appear in its own layer.

Note: MapBrowser supports KML files up to about 16MB. It is recommended to limit the size of the uploaded file where possible, to ensure a better MapBrowser experience.
You may also encounter instances where certain complex features within KML files aren't supported in MapBrowser.

Manage Your Data Layers

Create a Layer

To create your first layer using the SitePlanner simply open the Site Planner and start using it to create your first site plan layer. 

To create a new layer access the Layers Manager / My Data and click Add Layer.

You can then add Site Planner objects to it.

Add Site Planner Objects to New Layer

  1. In the Layers Manager / My Data layers list, make sure the new layer is highlighted in blue.

  2. From the tools menu, acces the Site Planner tool.

  3. Use the Site Planner to add object, and they will be added to the selected layer.

Delete a Layer

This will permanently delete your layer. There is no way to undo this action!

To delete a layer access the Layers Manager / My Data and click the Trash icon.

Show or Hide a Layer on the Map

To show or hide a layer on the map access the Layers Manager / My Data and check or un-check the layer in the list to show or hide it on the map.

Open a Layer to Add Site Planner Objects to it

When you open and activate a layer, your Site Planner objects will be added to it.

  1. Access the Layers Manager / My Data
  2. Select a layer to highlight it in blue. 
  3. From the tools menu, access the Site Planner tool.
  4. Use the Site Planner to add object, and they will be added to the selected layer.

Rename a Layer

To rename a layer access the Layers Manager / My Data and double-click the layer in the layers list, then enter a name for the layer and click OK.

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