How to generate a Google Maps API key for DEBUGGING only (Android)

  • Locate the path to the keystore
    • In Eclipse, navigate to Window | Preferences | Android | Build
    • Under "Default debug keystore" you will find the path to the keystore
  • Open a command prompt
  • cd C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin (or wherever your java installation is)
  • Run the command: keytool -list -alias androiddebugkey -keystore (path to keystore)\debug.keystore -storepass android -keypass android
  • It should return something like:
    androiddebugkey, Sep 2, 2010, PrivateKeyEntry,
    Certificate fingerprint (MD5): XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
  • Go to and paste your certificate fingerprint and check the box to accept the terms (if you accept them of course)
  • If all goes well, it will take you go a page that says: Thank you for signing up for an Android Maps API key! Your key is: (your key)
See also: