How Do I Import a Google Map Into AutoCAD?

Are you an AutoCAD user looking to import a Google Map into your project? You’ve come to the right place!

In this tutorial, we’ll show you step-by-step how to import a Google Map into AutoCAD. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Prepare Your Google Map

Before we begin, make sure you have the desired location open in Google Maps. Zoom in or out and adjust the map until you have the perfect view that you want to import into AutoCAD.

Step 2: Take a Screenshot of the Google Map

To import the Google Map into AutoCAD, we first need to take a screenshot of it. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. This will capture an image of your entire screen.

If you only want to capture the active window (Google Maps), press Alt + Print Screen.

Step 3: Open AutoCAD and Create a New Drawing

Launch AutoCAD and start a new drawing by selecting New Drawing. Give your drawing a name and save it in your desired location.

Step 4: Insert the Screenshot Into AutoCAD

In AutoCAD, go to the Insert tab and click on Raster Image Reference. Locate and select the screenshot of your Google Map that you captured earlier.

The image will be inserted into your drawing as an external reference.

Step 5: Scale and Position the Image

In order for the imported map to be accurate, we need to scale and position it correctly within our drawing. To do this:

  • Click on the inserted image to select it.
  • Use the Scale command to adjust the size of the image if necessary.
  • Use the Move command to position the image at the desired location within your drawing.

You may need to refer to other objects or landmarks in your drawing to ensure accurate scaling and positioning.

Step 6: Trace Over the Imported Map

The final step is to trace over the imported map with AutoCAD drawing objects. This will allow you to work with the map as part of your project.

Use AutoCAD’s drawing tools such as lines, polylines, circles, and arcs to recreate the features of your map. You can also use layers to organize and manage different elements of your drawing.


  • Create a new layer: It’s a good practice to create a new layer specifically for your imported Google Map. This way, you can easily turn it on or off or make adjustments without affecting other elements in your drawing.
  • Reference points: Use reference points from your imported map and align them with existing objects in your drawing for increased accuracy.

Congratulations! You have successfully imported a Google Map into AutoCAD.

Now you can use this as a reference or incorporate it into your designs. Happy designing!

I hope this tutorial was helpful in teaching you how to import a Google Map into AutoCAD. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t hesitate to try it out yourself and explore different features within AutoCAD. Stay tuned for more tutorials!