Welcome to a quick overview of the MapBrowser interface. Explore the key features of MapBrowser on this page and discover other ways of moving around the content from these links:


Go to MapBrowser


The menu allows quick access to:

  • Boundaries - lets you display property boundary lines as an overlay on the map.
  • Roads Overlay - displays street maps over the vertical imagery.
  • Split View - divides the map into two panes, allowing you to easily compare imagery for a location across two different surveys.
  • Locate Me - see your location on our Nearmap imagery.
  • Downloads - access the downloads screen, where you can see the status of your 3D Export and AI parcel data downloads.
  • Help & Support - takes you to the Knowledge Hub where you can view product documentation, videos, technical blogs, product news, and give feedback.
  • Send Feedback - takes you to our support page on nearmap.com, where you can request information, product assistance.
  • Switch to MapBrowser Classic - at the same location and zoom level as you are in New MapBrowser.
  • Nearmap on OpenSolar - If you have a Nearmap on OpenSolar subscription, this link will take you to OpenSolar.
  • My Account - access your account page.
  • Sign Out - sign out of Nearmap.


The toolbar on the top edge of the screen provides quick access to the following tools:

  • Location tool - use this tool to find information for a location on the map. Please refer to the Marker Tool guide.

  • Text tool - use this tool to add text annotations to imagery in MapBrowser.

    The Text tool in the toolbar at the top of the screen allows you to add text annotations to imagery in MapBrowser.

    Click the Text tool, and enter the text you want to add to the image:

You can use text annotations with all imagery layers (including Terrain for Australian customers) except 3D. 

Changing base layers will persist the text annotation between layers, however when moving between Vertical to Panorama or Oblique, the placement of the annotation will be be slightly off due to the change in perspective. 
Annotations currently cannot be ‘saved’, but this is a feature that will be available in the future.  

  • Measurement tools for vertical imagery - use these tools to measure the length of an object or path, and its elevation profile using the line tool. Measure the area of an object or space, or find the radius. Please refer to the Measure Vertical Imagery  guide.
  • Measurement tools for oblique imagery - use these tools to measure 3D lines and 3D areas tool. Please refer to the Measure Oblique Imagery guide.

  • Height and Width tools - use these tools to measure the height of a building or object from our Oblique imagery, and  measure the distance along the ground in Oblique photos. Please refer to the Height and Width Tools  guide.

  • Projects tool - use this tool to create, open, and manage projects. Please refer to the Projects Tool guide.

  • Export tool - use this tool to save an image from MapBrowser or export an image to be used in other applications. Please refer to the Export guide.

Available functions depend on your Nearmap subscription.

Locate Me

The Locate Me feature shows your location on our Nearmap imagery, which is great for visualising where you are in the field in relation to historical imagery. The feature tracks your location on the map as you move. 


  • For Locate Me to work, users will need to allow access to use their location - clicking ‘Don’t Allow’ will prevent the feature from being enabled. You can change this permission at any time using your web browser settings.
  • If you have chosen to use the Locate Me feature, we may record the approximate location of where you accessed this feature. We do not track or record your location as you move.
  • Please refer to Nearmap’s Privacy Policy for more details on the the collection and use of personal information.

Zoom Buttons

The zoom buttons let you zoom in and out of the map. Each click zooms you one zoom level.

There are other ways to zoom in and out of the map. 


You can view Nearmap imagery from any cardinal direction simply by clicking a point on the compass.

As Vertical is top-down imagery, when you click a point on the compass, the base layer switches from Vertical to Panorama.

When in panorama view mode, click on any of the cardinal directions on the compass to quickly switch to a North, South, East or West Panorama for the current location. 
You'll need to select Vertical from the Base Layer Picker (see item 9) to return to viewing the vertical imagery.

Before selecting cardinal direction

After selecting cardinal direction.

Split View

The split view allows you to easily compare imagery for a location across two different surveys.

Date Selection

Using the MapBrowser date selection tool, you can view any available historical captures of your area of interest. 

Read more in the Date Selection Tool guide.

Base Layer Picker

Use the Base Layer Picker to easily switch your base layer imagery.

Scale Bar

You can use the scale bar on all imagery base layers.

  • The scale bar will automatically change based on your zoom level.
  • The scale is displayed automatically in meters for Australian users, and feet for US users.
  • When you use Export Screenshot the scale bar will be included in the saved image. 

Context Menu

You can access the context menu by right-clicking anywhere on the map. The context menu allows you to:

  • Switch to Google Street View.
  • View Oblique photos of the current location.
  • Add a Marker to one or more locations.
  • Copy the address, map coordinates and MapBrowser link for a location.

MapBrowser Layer Manager and Inspector Panel

The Layer Manager and Inspector Panel  appear when you need them to give you access to relevant information and controls.

This section gives you an overview of each panel with links to more detailed information.

Layer Manager

The Layer Manager is the left-hand MapBrowser panel.

You can show or hide it at any time by toggling the arrow at the top right of the panel.

The Layer Manager displays:

Feature Layers - this includes your saved Projects and all its layers: KML layers, marked locations, oblique photos, shapes.

Data layers - includes Boundaries and AI Layers (if you have an AI subscription).

Inspector Panel

The Inspector Panel provides more information about an element or function.

  • A Feature Layer element

For example, select a location you've marked and you see location details.

From this panel you can also:

Share a Location - MapBrowser Link

It is easy to share a location with other MapBrowser users with the MapBrowser Link button. Read more about it in the Sharing Map Location guide.

Switch to Google Street View

To view a location from the new MapBrowser in Google Street View, right click on the location you want to see and select the Google Street View option.

Read more about viewing a location in Google Street View.

  • A Data Layer element

For example, select boundary and use the Inspector Panel to select boundary type and adjust boundary display settings.

  • Export selections

Click Export from the toolbar and set your export parameters from the Inspector Panel.