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Getting a Bing Maps Key

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To use the Bing Maps APIs, you must have a Bing Maps Key.

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When you use the Bing Maps APIs with a Bing Maps Key, usage transactions are logged. See Understanding Bing Maps Transactions for more information.

Creating a Bing Maps Key

You can create two Bing Maps Keys. If you require additional keys, contact Bing Maps for Enterprise to become an enterprise customer.

Note: The Bing Maps Key system was updated in July, 2012. If you created a key in the previous system, it was automatically migrated. For more details, see the Key Migration table.

  1. Go to the Bing Maps Account Center at https://www.bingmapsportal.com.

    • If you have a Bing Maps Account, sign in with the Windows Live ID that you used to create the account.

    • If you do not have a Bing Maps Account, click Create, and follow the instructions in Creating a Bing Maps Account.

  2. Select Create or view keys under My Account.

  3. In the Create key box on the My keys page, provide the following information for the application that will use the Bing Maps key:

    • Application name: Required. The name of the application.

    • Application URL: The URL of the application.

    • Key type: Required. Select the key type that you want to create. For a description of key and application types, see Create a Bing Maps Key.

    • Application type: Required. Select the application type that best represents the application that will use this key. For a description of key and application types, see Create a Bing Maps Key.

  4. Type the characters of the security code, and then click Submit. The new key displays in the list of available keys. Use this key to authenticate your Bing Maps application as described in the documentation for the Bing Maps API you are using.

Upgrading Your Account

If you want to upgrade your account to be an enterprise account, contact Bing Maps for Enterprise.

Bing Maps Terms of Use

Key Migration

In July, 2012, Bing Maps updated the Bing Maps Key system. Existing keys were automatically be moved to this new system according to the following table.

Previous Key Type New Key Type New Application Type

Evaluation/Trial

Trial

Public website

Windows Metro style apps (BETA)

Trial

Windows Store app*

Developer

Basic

Public website

Broadcast

Basic

Broadcast

Mobile

Basic

Mobile

Not-for-profit

Basic

Not-for-profit

Education

Basic

Education

Enterprise

Enterprise

Enterprise (Legacy)

This application type is only for migrated keys and is not available in the new system.

Note: *Legacy “Windows Metro style apps (BETA)” keys were migrated to “Windows Store app” keys and expired on Jan 15, 2013. Any new Trial key created after Jul 26, 2012 with an application type of “Windows Store app” will expire after 90 days.

Usage Transactions

When you use the Bing Maps APIs with a valid Bing Maps Key, usage transactions are logged.

You can view detailed reports of your Bing Maps usage in the Bing Maps Account Center. For more information, see Understanding Bing Maps Transactions.

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