Google Maps


Google Maps allows you to embed a map on your Jekyll site. It’s free, highly customisable and can display locations anywhere in the world.


  1. Create a Google Map API key
  2. Copy the key into your _config.yml under the variable google_maps_javascript_api_key:
    google_maps_javascript_api_key: "YOUR_GOOGLE_MAPS_API_KEY"
  3. Create _includes/google-map.html with the following source. I’ve hard coded the width and height so it’ll work if you copy and paste it but this should really be set in CSS. The way I’ve structured this you can only include this once per page.

    <div id="map" style="width:300px;height:300px;"></div>
      window.mapData = {"latitude": {{ include.latitude }},"longitude": {{ include.longitude }}, "zoom": {{ include.zoom}}};
      function initMap() {
        var myOptions = {
          scrollwheel: false,
          draggable: false,
          panControl: false,
          disableDefaultUI: true,
          zoom: window.mapData.zoom,
          maxZoom: window.mapData.zoom,
          minZoom: window.mapData.zoom,
          center: new google.maps.LatLng(window.mapData.latitude, window.mapData.longitude),
          mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP
        var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map'), myOptions);
        var marker = new google.maps.Marker({
          map: map,
          position: new google.maps.LatLng(window.mapData.latitude, window.mapData.longitude)
        google.maps.event.addDomListener(window, 'resize', function() {
    <script async defer src="{{ site.google_maps_javascript_api_key }}&amp;callback=initMap"></script>

Using the include

To use the map include we need to pass it a latitude, longitude and zoom level.

{% include google-map.html latitude=-45.8787605 longitude=170.5027976 zoom=5 %}


There are many arguments you can pass to the Google Map to fit your usecase. In this snippet I’ve disabled zooming and panning and show the road map.

You even add customise the visual style of your map, checkout SnazzyMaps for some drop in styles.