Snapping 360 Images from Google Street View

Introduction

Here’s a hack for snapping 360 images directly from Google Street View at no cost. You used to be able to search and then download these images pretty easily using a site called istreetview.com. iStreetView.com was developed by a high school student who apparently disabled the search functionality due to massive fees for hosting the display of Google Maps (at least that’s what the disclaimer on the web site says). However, you can still paste URLs from Google Street View into the site as well as upload Random Street Views. The key is to identify the Panorama ID for the Google Map location you’d like for your snapshot. Once you’ve done that, you can use the desktop app Street View Download 360 to capture your shots.

See the tools and steps below.

Tools

Google Maps to identify the URL you’d like to shoot
iStreetView.com to identify the Panorama ID
Street View Download 360 on your Mac or PC to take snapshot

Steps

Google Maps

  1. Go to Google Maps and type in the address you’d like to view.
  2. In the lower right hand corner, you’ll see the Street View icon.
  3. Select the icon and place it where you’d like to snap a 360 image within the map. Once, you set it down, you will see the 360 view.
  4. Once you’ve settled on your shot, copy the URL in the browser.

iStreetView

Open up the web site iStreetView.com.

  1. Click When you click on a location, you’ll see a code (circled in blue below) that’s located center right near the top of your screen. That is the Panorama ID. With this ID, you can use the Street View Download 360 app on your PC or Mac to snap a 360 photo.
  2. Click on the ID and it will be copied to your clipboard.

Street View Download 360

Open Street View Download 360

  1. Select where you’d like to save your 360 image on your computer.
  2. Paste the Panorama ID in the proper field.
  3. Select the resolution of the image you’d like. Remember that if you select a high resolution, it may affect the performance of the app. We recommend 3328×1664)
  4. Click Download Panorama and that’s it!

Locate the jpeg file on your computer.

 

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