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Importing a Map (iOS)

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017 01:50PM EDT

On the Map List screen, tap the Add icon to import a map.

You can import a map from any of the following sources:

  • Avenza Map Store
  • iTunes File Sharing
  • Dropbox
  • QR Code
  • Web
  • Custom URL Scheme

You can import these supported file formats: Geospatial PDF, GeoPDF, GeoTIFF, TIF, JPG, and the .avenzamaps (formerly .pdfmaps) file.  TIF must be packaged with a TFW & PRJ or WKT, while JPG must be packaged with JGW & PRJ or WKT.  Packaging entails compressing all your files into a single .zip file for import.
Note: Users of the free version of the app are limited to 3 custom (non-map store) maps at any given time.  Those that purchase either the Unlimited Import, or Pro subscriptions, are able to import an unlimited number of their own custom maps at any given time. 
Avenza Map Store
Opens the Avenza Map Store where you can get free maps as well as purchase maps. Learn more about the Avenza Map Store.
iTunes File Sharing
You can load maps through iTunes File Sharing. 

  • Connect your device to your computer and open iTunes.
  • Click Apps and scroll down to see the File Sharing section.
  • Select Avenza Maps in the Apps list.
  • In the Avenza Maps Documents box, click Add File and browse for a georeferenced map (acceptable formats include GeoTIFF, geospatial PDF, and GeoPDF®).
  • On your iOS device, tap From iTunes File Sharing.
  • Tap to select which maps you want to import, then tap Import.

Dropbox is a cloud storage solution for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Maps stored on your Dropbox can be imported to Avenza Maps. 
Note: You must have a separate Dropbox account (free to create) if you wish to sync Avenza Maps with Dropbox.  

  1. Tap From Dropbox.
  2. Confirm that you want to connect to Dropbox.
  3. Enter your login credentials or tap Allow (if you're already logged into Dropbox).
  4. Tap to select which maps you want to import, then tap Import.

Tap Unlink any time to disconnect from your Dropbox.
QR Code
Avenza Maps features a built-in QR code reader that allows you to import maps by scanning QR codes displayed on signs, posters, maps or the web. For more information on how to use QR codes please see our blog article here.

  1. Tap From QR Code.
  2. ​Scan the QR code.

Example of a sign with a QR code to get a map.
Enter a URL of a compatible georeferenced map. The map will automatically download to your device.
Custom URL Scheme
Enter a custom URL schema pdfmaps:// or avenzamaps://, to open the file in the app.
For example add the prefix to a map in the following format: 
pdfmap:// OR avenzamaps:// 
After adding a prefix simply share the URL via email or message and click the link. The link will automatically open in Avenza Maps and the import of the map will begin.
Note: Some devices, carriers, and email clients do not support this format or have size limitations.

Supported Map Formats




Geospatial PDF


A PDF embedded with geographic information. Many applications can create geospatial PDF including MAPublisher and Geographic Imager

​TerraGo GeoPDF


A PDF embedded with geographic information. GeoPDF is a proprietary format of TerraGo. 


.tif, .tiff

A GeoTIFF is a TIFF file embedded with geographic information. 



A JPG must be packaged with either TFW & PRJ or JGW & WKT in a ZIP file. 

Avenza Maps file

.avenzamaps, .pdfmaps

A format used to import multiple maps at once (such as for a map collection). In a text editor, enter the following:
{"Version":"PDFMaps Maplist 1.1",
"Name":"Name of the folder goes here",
"Collection": [
Version: keep the version as is.
Name: enter the folder name between the quotation marks.
Collection: enter the path to each map between the quotation marks.
Save the file with a .pdfmaps or .avenzamaps extension (both are valid). 


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