29 January 2016

How to add google maps into ArcMap

Although ArcGIS allows to bring the Bing maps and Esri images as base layers in ArcMap, still sometimes we rely on google images because of their better accuracy and their frequent update. Some of us using openlayers plugin in QGIS to access the google maps as a base map. This tutorial shows you to how quickly you can add the google maps, google hybrid images and open street maps etc. to the ArcMap for testing purposes.
Portable basemap server
 PBS is an open source WPF application which can be used to access the WMTS basemap service inside ArcGIS.
1. Download and unzip the file in the desired location of your PC.(download link).
2.Open the Portable Basemap Server folder and right click the PortableBasemapServer.exe
3.Select the GoogleMapsImagery or desired one in the Data Source Type drop down menu.
4. Then click the Start New Service button.
5.Copy the OGC WMTS URL by clicking the Copy to Clipboard. Don't stop the PBS application, just minimize that.
6. Next open the Arcmap.
7.Open the Catalog  and then click the Add WMTS server in GIS Servers.
8.Paste the Copied URL here in URL text box. Click Get Layers and click OK.
9.Next, right click the added WMTS Server and click the connect option.
10.Now it’s time to import the base map layer. You can drag down the GoogleMapsImagery from the Catalog to ArcMap Data View or you can simply add through the Add Data option.


  1. Interesting tool! Do you know if it coincides with Google's terms of use? I know that we've had issues accessing the imagery, not using their mapping interfaces.

    1. I don't think you are having any legal issues as long as you are using the their mapping service as a web interface

  2. How can I add multiple services at a time?