Yahoo! Maps

Yahoo! Maps

Yahoo maps
Type of site
Web mapping
Available in Multilingual
Owner Yahoo!
Commercial Yes
Registration No
Launched March 7, 2002 (2002-03-07)[1][2]
Current status Redirects to a Yahoo Search for the word "maps" (2016-11-06)

Yahoo! Maps was a free online mapping portal provided by Yahoo!, and powered by Here mapping.[3] Functionality included local weather powered by The Weather Channel, printing maps, and local reviews powered by yelp. In 2014, a mobile site for Yahoo! Maps was released.


Available services

The main Yahoo! Maps site offers street maps and driving directions for the United States and Canada. It has the following notable features:

Yahoo! Local Maps Rich Internet Application

A new and improved Yahoo! Local Maps has been recently made available. It offers maps with significantly more interactivity for broadband users. It is written using AJAX, leveraging Rich Internet Application techniques. Some features:

Live traffic, address book, and send to phone features are also available.

Yahoo! Map Web Services

Developers can embed Yahoo! Maps into their own web pages (to create a mashup) through the Yahoo! Maps Developer APIs. Many exciting new web sites have come about recently by displaying content from other sources on top of maps provided by the various mapping portals (the Google Maps API getting the most publicity). The Yahoo! Maps APIs come in three basic flavors:

Yahoo! offers a number of low-level APIs to support maps, for geocoding, getting a map image, searching for a local business, or retrieving traffic information. Some other Yahoo! services, such as Flickr and, have their content available through web services, with interesting potential for mashups.

Map data

The street network and other vector data Yahoo! Maps uses is from Navteq, Tele Atlas, and public domain sources.[4] Detailed street network data is currently available for the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and most European countries. Country borders, cities, and water bodies are mapped for the rest of the world.

Low-resolution satellite imagery is available worldwide. 1–2 meter resolution is available for most of the contiguous United States, and select cities worldwide.


On June 4, 2015, Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Maps would be shut down, along with Yahoo! Pipes, at the end of the month.[5]

As of 28 April 2016, Yahoo! Maps can still be accessed at

As of 24 October 2016, Yahoo! Maps is no longer showing any data.

As of 6 November 2016, Yahoo! Maps ( redirects to a Yahoo! Search for the word "maps".

See also


  1. "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  2. Yahoo Finds the Way With Its Own Maps. Portal drops AOL's MapQuest, generates its own travel instructions. // PCWorld, Mar 7, 2002; quote: "Launched last week, Yahoo Maps"
  3. Price, Emily (November 13, 2012). "Nokia Shows Off the Future of Maps With 'HERE'". Mashable. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. "Yahoo Help Central". 2015-01-02. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  5. Nieva, Richard (June 4, 2015). "Yahoo to shut down its Maps site". CNET. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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