2.2.5. Change the map type

Yandex Map Editor works like other electronic maps: it is made up of many layers, each of which stores information about particular types of map items.

You can control how map layers are displayed: Choice of backdrop

To choose a backdrop, click Switch backdrop .

The current backdrop (Map or Satellite) will switch to the other one.

The Satellite backdrop displays images of the territory taken from space:

The Map backdrop displays Yandex Map Editor in real time (with all edits, including those that have not passed moderation yet).


When you switch backdrops (MapSatellite), the layer settings (see below) are not saved (so they may differ from one another). Choice of layer

To choose a map item layer:

  1. Click Layers .

  2. In the menu that opens, mark the layers that you want to display on the map. To turn a map layer on or off, just click on its name again (once selected, a layer is marked with a check):

    The Turn on/off all layers button turns all map layers on/off simultaneously (the hotkey combination Shift + Ctrl + H does this as well).

    Layers that contain information about items on Yandex Map Editor: Layer display options

Use the fields in the right column to select among the display options for certain layers:

In particular: Buildings

  • Standard building color-coding. Color-codes buildings by type:

  • Building color-coding by condition. Color-codes buildings according to the condition they are in (standard, under construction, demolished, abandoned):

  • Building color-coding by height. Color-codes buildings according to their height: Traffic lights and speed cameras

  • Standard traffic lights. Only displays traffic lights on large-scale maps (18 and higher); they won't display on small-scale maps (less than 18):

  • Traffic lights at small scale. Displays traffic lights not only on large-scale maps, but on small-scale ones (less than 18) as well:

  • Cameras at small scale. Displays speed cameras not only on large-scale maps, but on small-scale ones (less than 18) as well: Roads

  • Standard road color-coding. Color-codes roads of classes above 4 (roads of class 1-4 are still represented by the same color).

  • Road color-coding by speed limit. Color-codes roads according to speed limit:

    Ranges of values are color-coded (the label shows the exact value for that particular section of road):

    Road color-coding

    by speed limit

    Speed limits


    not indicated

    5 — 20

    25 — 55


    65 — 85


    95 — 105

    110 — 130

    more than 130


    Pedestrian and bike streets are designated using a separate color (there is no speed limit for them).

  • Pedestrian access. Roads that are inaccessible to pedestrians are light blue, accessible ones are green, walking and bike paths (class 10) are yellow, pedestrian crosswalks (class 10, design features: pedestrian crosswalk) are orange:

  • Public transport accessibility. Roads of class 1-8 that include a public transport accessibility attribute are green (and if there is a section of road with a public transport lane going in the opposite direction, it is represented as a dotted line). Class 10 roads and class 7 pedestrian roads (i.e. those that are inaccessible to public transport) are white. Class 1-8 roads inaccessible to public transport are red (it's worth checking these sections):

  • Color-coding by road type. Color-codes roads of various classes so that users can visually determine how different parts of the road network are connected.


    Roads that are labeled with the Under Construction attribute (see 3.2.11. Under construction, are represented as dotted lines in the color that corresponds to their road class.




    road color-coding

    Road color-coding

    by class


    Under construction


  • Color-coding by road level. Displays sections of a road that start and end on different levels using different colors.

    Sections that are of a uniform level are represented using solid lines. Dotted lines represent road sections that go up or down, the arrows of the line are directed from the lowest to the highest level of the road section:

  • Road color-coding by design features. Displays roads with different design features using different colors:

    Design features On the map
    None — yellow-orange:
    Two carriageways — orange:
    Circular road — purple:
    Exit — pink:
    Frontage road — red:
    U-turn — yellow:
    Pedestrian crosswalk — white:
  • Road color-coding by structure type. Displays sections of road made up of different types of structures (bridges, tunnels, stairs, ferry crossings, and ford crossings) using different colors.

    Design features On the map
    Bridges — orange:
    Tunnels — green:
    Stairs — dotted line, standard color-coding:
    Ferry crossing — blue dotted line:
    Ford crossing — blue dotted line (small):
  • Road color-coding by road surface. Colors sections of a road that have a hard surface orange and those without a surface red.

  • Color-coding roads under construction.

    All roads that are under construction (with the exception of class 10 roads) are labeled as class 7. Class 10 (pedestrian) roads under construction are still considered class 10.

    With this color system, orange represents road sections whose class was entered correctly; purple represents incorrectly categorized roads: Parking

  • Standard parking. Displays Parking using one standard icon:

  • Parking by type. Displays Parking using various icons according to type (paid parking is red, residential — green, all others — blue): Ground transport stops

  • Standard transit stops. Only displays stops on large-scale maps (18 and higher); they won't display on small-scale maps (less than 18):

  • Stops at small scale. Not only displays stops on large-scale maps, but on small-scale ones (less than 18) as well: Link to Yandex Business Directory

Every business on Yandex Map Editor can be linked to an entry in Yandex Business Directory.

  • Standard location color-coding

    Designates locations on the map using the following icons:

  • Link to Yandex Business Directory

    Starting at scale 17, organizations (locations) on the map are marked using encircled icons. Light blue is for linked organizations (as the green arrows indicate in the drawing) and red is for unlinked organizations (as the dark blue arrows indicate on the left). Starting at scale 16, organizations that aren't linked to the Directory are designated using red dots (see drawing on the right): Additional layers (GPS tracks)

Tracking moving vehicles via GPS can help determine the road class and traffic direction.

You can see these GPS tracks on Yandex Map Editor. Just select one of the additional layer types:

You can view:

1) Tracks by traffic congestion

This layer is useful for determining road classes: There are more GPS tracks on roads of higher functional classes than on lower-class roads.

1) Tracks by direction of movement

Arrows indicate the traffic direction. This layer is useful for determining if roads are one-way, which way traffic is going at exits, interchanges, etc.: Entries from Map Editor Notepad

To see a layer of notes you took in your Map Editor Notepad:

  1. Click Layers .

  2. To see the notes you took on a specific day, select a date in the My Notepad field:

  3. Click (Show all entries and paths traveled for that day).

    The map will display all entries for the date you selected:

    and track your paths:

  4. Click on the icon for the notepad entry. A panel opens where you can view your entry:

    After you transfer the information from your entry onto the map, click on the panel (Delete) to delete your entry.

  5. After information from your entries and tracks has transferred onto the map, click (Delete) for the appropriate item in the My notepad list and all information for that date will be deleted: Additional layers (panoramas, dashboard images)

You can view other additional map layers: