The Mapillary web app lets you view imagery and map data, upload images, and edit blurs on images as well as sequences on the map. When signed in, you can also get an easy overview of your Mapillary activities and profile and adjust a number of settings.
For the app to be fully functional, your graphics card drivers need to be up to date and your browser needs to support WebGL.
Signing up and signing in
Exploring images and map data on the Mapillary web app is possible without having a Mapillary account. However, to upload images and to use additional features of the web app (such as editing sequences), you need to be signed into your account. You'll find the sign-up and sign-in options at the top right corner of the app.
If you don't have a Mapillary account, please create one. You can use your existing Facebook, Google, or OpenStreetMap (OSM) account to create an account on Mapillary, or sign up via email. Regardless of method, you need to choose a username for Mapillary and provide an email address to be used for communications (this email will not be visible to anyone publicly).
When you open the app, you will see the world map with some green areas and red dots. The green lines represent the location of Mapillary sequences—series of images that you may navigate through. When you zoom in by scrolling your mouse, the lines transform into points, and each point represents an image.
Clicking on the sequence or point on the map, you will see the associated image load in the Mapillary viewer window. The map will now display a directional icon, indicating which way the camera is facing. Some images are regular images, while others are full 360-degree images. The 360° images are marked with a circle around the green dot on the map. If you wish, you can filter the map to show only 360° captures.
You can enlarge an image by clicking on the arrow at its top right corner (now the map is displayed smaller). You can use your mouse to scroll and zoom the image (up to the finest level of detail that the original image resolution allows) or to drag and pan the image around. The images that are not full 360-degree views have a black background outside the camera's field of vision.
Mapillary images can be displayed on different maps. You can use the layer icon on the right-hand side of the map view to choose the base map that you wish to see. The image in the Mapillary viewer also displays an attribution to the user who captured it, as well as the capturing time.
On the image, you will notice two sets of arrows: one for sequence navigation (at the top), and one spatial navigation (at the bottom). The sequence arrows will let you navigate and autoplay the specific image sequence that the image belongs to, while the spatial arrows let you view the surrounding images in the space, regardless of which sequence they belong to.
Sequence navigation also has a few additional controls. You can access them when you click on the vertical bar next to the sequence arrows at the top.
The hare icon lets you change playback speed or direction of the sequence. If you click on the arrows icon on the left, you'll see that the triangle of the play button at the top will change direction. To change playback speed for auto-play, move the slider closer to the turtle for slowing down or hare for speeding up.
The frames icon lets you navigate anywhere in the sequence quickly via the sequence timeline. Slide the orange button to the left to approach the beginning of the current sequence, and to the right to approach the end of it.
Note that on fast navigation or playback speed, spatial arrows at the bottom of the screen might not be loaded for every image (this is for performance reasons and they'll be loaded again when you stop on an image).
Navigation arrows also have keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts only work on the condition that the respective sequence or spatial move is available, as indicated by the displayed arrows (which in turn depends on which imagery exists in the area).
The following shortcuts apply to all images:
- Left/right arrow: step left/right in space
- Up/down arrow: step forward/back in space
- Alt + up/down arrow: step to next/previous image in sequence
There are additional shortcuts for perspective (i.e. non-panorama) images:
- Shift + left/right arrow: turn left/right
- Shift + down arrow: turn around (180 degrees)
- Shift + up arrow: go to nearby panorama image
You will notice some icons lining the app. Use the ones at the top left to search for locations, apply filters, browse map data (like object labels and extracted map features), and use the tagging function. The icons at the right-hand side are for commenting, sharing the image (via social media, URL, and embed codes), Time Travel (if available), and image options (under the three dots (...) icon) like:
- Download a thumbnail of the image
- Download the original of any image that you have contributed
- Download a GIF snippet of the image sequence
- Edit blurs on the image
- Edit the sequence on the map (including deleting the image or sequence)
- Open the image to edit OpenStreetMap via JOSM or iD editor, or add to Wikimedia
- Obtain the image key or the sequence key