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AutoTopo allows you to display USGS topographical maps on your site with a simple shortcode that is placed in a page or a post. You need to know the latitude and longitude of the area that you want to display. With that information, simply input the lat, long into the “autotopo” shortcode and you’re good to go.

Special Notes


AutoTopo uses MSRMaps, a technology developed my Microsoft Research and made free to the public.


This file is part of AutoTopo.

AutoTopo is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

AutoTopo is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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  • The options page for AutoTopo features two simple options, plus an example of the shortcode used to display maps on your pages and posts

  • Here's an example of a hiking site using AutoTopo to show a map of a mountainous hiking region.


How do I make suggestions or report bugs for this plugin?

Just go to and follow the instructions.

My map just displays as a dirty gray image. What is wrong?

You have likely typed in your latitude and longitude incorrectly or have specified a location outside of the USA. Double check that first.

Contributors & Developers

“AutoTopo” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Removed a CSS element that conflicted with the “twentyeleven” theme.


  • A tiny update to improve the stylesheet so that the map renders on more themes.