QtLocation QML Maps

The Map type allows the display of a map and placing objects within the map. Various points of interest can be defined and added to the map for display. Also the Map has features to control how the map is displayed. With the Map item you can center the map, zoom, pinch and make the item flickable.

The places to be added to the map are MapItems . The item’s position is defined by a coordinate which includes latitude, longitude and altitude. The item is then displayed automatically after it is added to the Map. MapItems or Map.

All position APIs are part of the QtPositioning module. The basic piece of position information is the coordinate. A coordinate encapsulates data for the latitude, longitude and altitude of the location. Altitude is in meters. It also has a method to determine distance to another coordinate. The coordinate type may also be held within a Location element, this will also have information on a bounding box size to determine sufficient proximity to the location and a location address.

Here is an example of a client that uses a position source to center a map on the current position:

Rectangle {
    import QtPositioning 5.2
    import QtLocation 5.3
    map : Map {
        // initialize map
    PositionSource {
        onPositionChanged: {
            // center the map on the current position
            map.center = position.coordinate

Geocoding is the derivation of geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) from other geographical references to the locations. For example, this can be a street address. Reverse geocoding is also possible with a street address being used to determine a geographical coordinate. Geocoding is performed by using the GeoCodeModel type.

The following code examples are a small part of the map component in the Map Viewer (QML) example. The snippets demonstrate the declaration of the GeocodeModel component.

In the snippet we see that the geocodeModel property contains the plugin and two signal handlers. One for changes in status (onStatusChanged ) and the other to update the centering of the Map object (onLocationsChanged ).

property GeocodeModel geocodeModel: GeocodeModel {
    plugin: map.plugin
    onStatusChanged: {
        if ((status == GeocodeModel.Ready) || (status == GeocodeModel.Error))
        if (count == 1) {
            map.center.latitude = get(0).coordinate.latitude
            map.center.longitude = get(0).coordinate.longitude
MapItemView {
    model: geocodeModel
    delegate: pointDelegate

These geocoding features are called from a higher level piece of code. In this snippet we see an onGoButtonClicked signal handler that extracts the address from the user interface and then creates a query for the GeocodeModel to process and determine the geographical coordinates.

Address {
    id: geocodeAddress
onGoButtonClicked: {
    // manage the UI state transitions
    page.state = ""
    messageDialog.state = ""
    // fill out the Address element
    geocodeAddress.street = dialogModel.get(0).inputText
    geocodeAddress.city = dialogModel.get(1).inputText
    geocodeAddress.state = dialogModel.get(2).inputText
    geocodeAddress.country = dialogModel.get(3).inputText
    geocodeAddress.postalCode = dialogModel.get(4).inputText
    // send the geocode request
    map.geocodeModel.query = geocodeAddress

A very important function of the Map type is navigation from one place to a destination with possible waypoints along the route. The route will be divided up into a series of segments. At the end of each segment is a vertex called a maneuver. The segments contain information about the time and distance to the end of the segment. The maneuvers contain information about what to do next, how to get onto the next segment, if there is one. So a maneuver contains navigational information, for example “turn right now”.

To find a suitable route we will need to use a RouteQuery to define the selection criteria and adding any required waypoints. The RouteModel should return a list of RouteSegments that defines the route to the destination complete with navigation advice at the joins between segments, called RouteManeuvers

There are many options that you can add to the query to narrow the criteria. The RouteQuery properties can include

numberAlternativeRoutes | The number of alternative routes
travelModes | Travel modes
routeOptimizations | Required route optimizations
segmentDetail | Level of detail in segments
maneuverDetail | Level of detail in maneuvers between segments
waypoints | A list of waypoints
excludedAreas | A list of excluded areas that the route must not cross
featureTypes | Relevant map features, for example highway, ferry

In the following example a default RouteQuery is declared, later to be defined by some user input, and used in routeModel as the query. The routeInfoModel is a ListModel that can be updated using an update() function that we will look at later.

property RouteQuery routeQuery: RouteQuery {}
property RouteModel routeModel: RouteModel {
    plugin : map.plugin
    query: routeQuery
    onStatusChanged: {
        if (status == RouteModel.Ready) {
            switch (count) {
            case 0:
                clearAll() // technically not an error
            case 1:
        } else if (status == RouteModel.Error) {
    function clearAll() {

The user enters, via a dialog, some information such as the starting point of the route, some waypoints and the destination. All of these locations are waypoints so the locations from start to finish will be entered as a sequence of waypoints. Then other query properties can be set that may be specific to this trip.

    function calculateRoute() {
        // clear away any old data in the query
        // add the start and end coords as waypoints on the route
        map.routeQuery.travelModes = routeDialog.travelMode
        map.routeQuery.routeOptimizations = routeDialog.routeOptimization
        for (var i=0; i<9; i++) {
            map.routeQuery.setFeatureWeight(i, 0)
        for (var i=0; i<routeDialog.features.length; i++) {
            map.routeQuery.setFeatureWeight(routeDialog.features[i], RouteQuery.AvoidFeatureWeight)
        // center the map on the start coord
        map.center = startCoordinate;

The routeInfoModel ListModel is used to grab the results of the query and construct a suitable list for display. The ListModel routeInfoModel contains an update() function that loops through the segments extracting the segment length, instruction text and distance to the next instruction. The extracted data is formatted for display as it is retrieved.

ListModel {
    id: routeInfoModel
    property string travelTime
    property string distance
    function update() {
        if (routeModel.count > 0) {
            for (var i = 0; i < routeModel.get(0).segments.length; i++) {
                    "instruction": routeModel.get(0).segments[i].maneuver.instructionText,
                    "distance": formatDistance(routeModel.get(0).segments[i].maneuver.distanceToNextInstruction)
        travelTime = routeModel.count == 0 ? "" : formatTime(routeModel.get(0).travelTime)
        distance = routeModel.count == 0 ? "" : formatDistance(routeModel.get(0).distance)
MapItemView {
    model: routeModel
    delegate: routeDelegate
    autoFitViewport: true

For more information on the example see the Map Viewer (QML) example.

The Map item also supports user interface interactions with the map using tactile and mouse gestures. That is features such as swiping to pan, pinching to zoom.

Enabling and configuring pinch and flickable is easy within the Map type.

Map {
    id: map
    zoomLevel: (maximumZoomLevel - minimumZoomLevel)/2
    center {
        latitude: -27.5796
        longitude: 153.1003
    // Enable pinch gestures to zoom in and out
    gesture.flickDeceleration: 3000
    gesture.enabled: true

Zoom can also be controlled by other objects like sliders, as shown in the example, by implementing the onValueChanged handler to update the Map zoomLevel.

Map | Type displays a map
MapCircle | Type displays a geographic circle on a Map
MapGestureArea | Type provides Map gesture interaction
MapItemView | Used to populate Map from a model
MapPinchEvent | Type provides basic information about pinch event
MapPolygon | Type displays a polygon on a Map
MapPolyline | Type displays a polyline on a map
MapQuickItem | Type displays an arbitrary Qt Quick object on a Map
MapRectangle | Type displays a rectangle on a Map
MapRoute | Type displays a Route on a Map
MapType | Type holds information about a map type
GeocodeModel | Type provides support for searching operations related to geographic information
Route | Type represents one geographical route
RouteManeuver | Type represents the information relevant to the point at which two RouteSegments meet
RouteModel | Type provides access to routes
RouteQuery | Type is used to provide query parameters to a RouteModel
RouteSegment | Type represents a segment of a Route

The above snippets are taken from the Map Viewer (QML) example.