The KML import feature allows MapBrowser users to import additional information into MapBrowser to view as an overlay on Nearmap imagery. KML layers are view only in MapBrowser.

Note: Currently MapBrowser supports only import of KML files. If you want to import KMZ files, you can convert them to KML files using Google Earth.

How to Import a KML File

There are two ways to import a KML file to MapBrowser.

The first way is to drag and drop the file on to the map. As you drag over the map, you'll see the information box and file overlay as shown in the screenshot below:

The second way is to click the + next to Feature Layers, then select KML File, and upload the file:

The KML file will then be added to a layer and displayed on the map:

The layer can be viewed overlaid across vertical, terrain and panorama imagery.

You can choose to hide or show the KML layer by clicking on the icon to the right of the KML layer.

Note: When you add a new KML file to the new MapBrowser, all the measurement tools are disabled. This occurs because the KML layer in the workspace is unable to have lines or map markings added to the layer. To enable the measurement tools you will need to select a layer that can support line markings.

KML Frequently Asked Questions

What is a KML file?
KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language, and is a file format that is used to display geospatial data on a map. This might include information such as a series of markers or pins on the map that identify specific locations, or it could be a simple polygon that outlines an area of interest.

What types of KML files can be imported into MapBrowser?
Currently MapBrowser supports basic KML files, which can be displayed as a single, non-editable layer over Nearmap Vertical and Panorama imagery. This includes:

  • Files up to 10MB
  • Simple geometry such as lines, paths and polygons
  • Simple text annotations
  • Pins used to mark specific locations

Are there any restrictions on the types of KML files that are supported?
KML can be used to create complex visualisations for a range of information. As such, there are several KML elements that are not currently supported in MapBrowser, such as photo overlays, icons and text balloons. 
You can find more information in the official KML documentation.

How will KML files be displayed in MapBrowser?
KML files imported into MapBrowser will be displayed as a single layer that can easily be displayed or hidden. 

Can I save a KML file in my project?
Yes. A KML file that is imported will automatically be saved as a layer in your Workspace or Project. Find out more about how to convert your workspace into a project and more.

Can I make changes to the KML information imported into MapBrowser?
Currently we don't support converting geometry, icons and other objects in a KML file into individual map features or vector data.