Bringing Map functionality into SharePoint 2010: Rendering Map List View


SharePoint 2013 introduces functionality to integrate location information and maps in SharePoint lists and location-based web and mobile apps for SharePoint with the following capabilities:

  • new field type named Geolocation that enables you to annotate SharePoint lists with location information. The built-in Geolocation field can render only with Bing Maps. However, you can create a custom field by using the Geolocation field as a parent field type, for example see my blog post about using Google Maps as map service.
  • Map View that displays a map (with data obtained from the Bing Maps service), using longitude and latitude entries from the Geolocation field type

Client-side rendering for Map List View in SharePoint 2013

Regarding Map View, SharePoint 2013 utilizes client side rendering framework for List View that allows to define the rendering logic of SharePoint list views using HTML/JavaScript. There is already predefined rendering template in SharePoint 2013  for Binq Maps service that is used when Map View is created, for more details see Create a map view for the Geolocation field in SharePoint 2013.

Map List View in SharePoint 2010

But what about SharePoint 2010? Let’s discuss one approach related with customizing List View for  XSLTListViewWebPart (XLV) . So, in proposed solution  geographical locations are stored in Custom List and custom View is used to render data on Map using Google Maps service For example, list items GeoMapDefaultView

will be represented in Map View as shown below


Implementation of Map List View in SharePoint 2010

As was noted earlier for storing geographical location on a map and visualizing it in Map View we will define Custom List named GeoMap List.

GeoMap Content Type

For storing geographical locations we define the following Content Type

GeoMap List

GeoMap List is based on Generic List with GeoMap Content Type and with custom View

XSLT stylesheet for Map List View

GeoMap rendering control


  • Google Maps JavaScript API v3
  • How to: Customize the Rendering of a Field on a List View in SharePoint 2010 on MSDN
  • How to: Customize a list view in apps for SharePoint using client-side rendering on MSDN

Creating SharePoint 2013 Geolocation field using Google Maps

SharePoint 2013 Preview introduces a new field type named Geolocation that enables you to annotate SharePoint lists with location information. In columns of type Geolocation, you can enter location information as a pair of latitude and longitude coordinates in decimal degrees, or retrieve the coordinates of the user’s current location from the browser if it implements the W3C Geolocation API. For more information about the Geolocation field, see Integrating location and map functionality in SharePoint 2013.

By default location is rendered using Bing Maps but it could be customized, for example by creating custom Geolocation field that renders Nokia Maps as described here.

What about another Map providers, let’s take a look on how to implement geolocation field that renders Google Maps.

First of all we need to create custom Geolocation field, for details  see How to: Create a custom Geolocation field that renders using Nokia Maps.
Here we will only  implement Geolocation field template for Google Maps, all the remaining steps the same as described in How to: Create a custom Geolocation field that renders using Nokia Maps. This is client side rendering template file that  JSLink method of the field class points to, for more information see  How to: Customize a field type using client-side rendering

Below is presented  GMapsGeolocatioFieldTemplate.js rendering template for Google Maps.

SharePoint 2013 project with implementation of custom geolocation field that renders Google Maps may be found here.


  • Creating Google Maps Geolocation column
  • List view with Google Maps Geolocation column
  • Create or edit form with Google Maps Geolocation column

For searching locations on Edit form is used Google Geocoding API.