The first thing you need before connecting to the Bing Maps servers is a Bing Maps developer key. The Bing Maps portal ( allows you to create a Bing Maps account and one or more Bing Maps keys.

To request a Bing Maps developer key from Microsoft:

  1. Go to

  2. Sign in with your Windows Live ID, or create one.

  3. In the "My Keys" section, create a new key.

    • For the key type, select "Basic".

    • For the application type, select "Dev/Test".

Note that additional terms may apply for deployment. For more information on Bing Maps licensing, see the Licensing info guide.