MapBrowser Classic will only be available to current Nearmap Solar users from June 30, 2022. For any enquiries, contact Nearmap Support.

This guide described the different elements on the MapBrowser page for Australian users:

1) Toolbar

The toolbar on the left edge of the screen provides quick access to a variety of functions. Available functions depend on your Nearmap subscription. Please refer to the Toolbar Guide for details.

2) Search Box

Use the Search box to

3) TimeView

TimeView (the timeline) provides you with the ability to view the Nearmap imagery captured on different dates. This allows you to see changes to the environment over time.

If your cursor is over the timeline, you can use the scroll wheel on your mouse to move between dates.

  1. List of available dates. Click on the list to see what dates are available for the imagery you want. For more information on viewing historical imagery from available capture dates, refer to the Date Selection Tool.

  2. Date showing. This blue indicator marks the date of the imagery you are viewing and it appears if the date you selected is not available. This date is determined by the date of the imagery in the center of the map for simplicity. Imagery from many different dates are used to create the single view you see, so showing all the dates can be confusing, especially when viewing maps at high-level. We have therefore kept this information to the bare minimum.

  3. The selected date. This green indicator is the date currently selected. Absence of a blue [2] marker means the image you are looking at was captured on the date you have selected. It is possible a date has been selected although you have not clicked on any of the dates. This happens if you accessed our website via a link someone has shared with you and the date selection has already been made. Move the mouse cursor over each dot to see its date. Select any dot to view the imagery for that date.

  4. Available TimeView date. The dots represent the dates for which Nearmap imagery is available. The number of dates available depends on the zoom level and location you are viewing. Click on one of the dots to see Nearmap imagery captured up to or at that point in time. Once selected, the dot appears as a green indicator [3].

  5. Blue and green date indicators. You will see both the blue [2] and green [3] indicators if you select a date and then pan to another map location or zoom-in on the map, but there is no imagery available for that date.
    When this happens, rather than showing you a blank page, we show you slightly older imagery instead. You can see the date that is shown by hovering over the blue indicator [2] or by the text “Showing…”, which is located near the scale bar in the bottom left. 
    Note: When they are both visible, the blue [2] indicator is always on the left of the green [3] indicator.

  6. Go to latest date. Click on this to quickly get to latest available Nearmap imagery for the location and zoom level you are viewing.

4) AutoPlay

The AutoPlay button to the right of the timeline can be used to travel through the timeline automatically. AutoPlay will loop when it gets to the end of the timeline. The images are cached on your hard drive, so as long as your browser does not have caching disabled, the image data should not need to be downloaded all over again on subsequent passes through the timeline.

5) TimeCompare

TimeCompare allows you to look at the imagery for any two dates side-by-side. This works in either PhotoMaps or Terrain mode. For more information, please refer to the Comparing Two Dates section.

6) Account and New MapBrowser

Click on the silhouette icon to open the menu. This shows your username as well as options to go to your Account page, Usage page, and Package page.

You can also go to the documentation site, or go to the New MapBrowser, or click "Log Out" to end your browsing session. Closing the browser window will not log you out automatically unless your browser is set to delete cookies upon exit.

7) View Mode

There are four available view modes:


This is the standard, fully orthorectified overhead aerial map.


Panorama imagery offers a 45-degree angle view of a location, when available. Similar to our Vertical imagery, you can continuously pan around an area of interest and zoom in for more detail.

You can view Panorama imagery for each cardinal direction of the location using the compass tool. In general, north and south angles are of higher quality than east and west, for technical reasons.


This map type lets you view the terrain. It can be very helpful to switch Street Maps or Properties on while viewing the terrain map to make navigating the map easier.


The Roadmap shows a view of the street maps only, with no aerial imagery visible.

8) Street Maps 

When the Street Maps checkbox is selected, this displays street maps over the Vertical or Terrain layer.

9) Properties

When the Properties checkbox is selected, this will overlay property boundaries on the maps. If you have access to the Property Boundaries and Cadastre Boundaries in the Layers tool, those will be more up-to-date.

10) StreetviewTM

This is Google's StreetView™ tool and behaves in the same manner as in Google Maps. There is an orange man icon above the zoom toolbar in the upper left. When you click and drag the orange man icon, streets that StreetView is available for will appear in blue on the map. Drop the man on a blue highlighted street and you will be taken into StreetView mode. You can zoom in and out, pan around, double-click to jump to a different location, or click the arrows that appear to move up and down streets. Measurements cannot be taken in this mode. To leave StreetView, click the "Close" button in the upper right of the screen.

11) Zoom 

The zoom tool allows you to control the map zoom level. Click on the + / - buttons to increase or decrease the zoom level. You can also click and drag the slider. If your mouse has a scroll wheel, position the mouse over the map and use the scroll wheel to adjust the zoom level. Alternatively, use the plus and minus keys on your keyboard. You can also double click to center the map and zoom into that location.

12) Terms of Use

This link takes you to legal information.

13) Scale Bar

The scale bar will automatically respond to the zoom level you are at. If you click it, it will switch between meters and feet, which changes the scale bar length slightly.

Note that the same unit length may appear at different zoom levels, but the scale bar size will be different. Do not use the scale bar to measure objects because of the reasons outlined in this document; use the Measure tools instead.