With the Maps feature, you can create web pages with monitoring status information in a customizable layout. You can also make live data overviews publicly available.

Example of a Map

Example of a Map

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There are a lot of different options for the implementation of maps. For example, you can use this feature to:

  • Create network maps with status icons for each device on the map.
  • Create quick views of your network that can be shown on network operations center screens.
  • Create a quick network overview for publishing on the intranet for management or other employees.
  • Create a custom view of the most important sensors in your monitoring setup.
  • Create Top 10 lists of the sensors of a specific group or device.

Technically, a map is a typical HTML web page. You can build a schema of your network by choosing from hundreds of device icons and connecting them with lines. A map can consist of the following elements:

  • A set of map items, which can include device icons, sensor status icons, graphs, data tables, sensor lists, connection lines, geographical maps, or custom HTML code.
  • An optional background image (a .jpg, .png, or .gif file, for example, your company logo, or a graphical view of your network).

You can also specify the size of the map. Using the map editor, you can place items anywhere on the map, and you can also change their size. Each map has a unique URL that you can use to link to the map. Users who want to access the map either need an account in your PRTG installation, or can access a public URL of the map if you enable the Public Access option. Public maps contain a unique map ID access key in the URL to block unwanted visitors.

PRTG comes with a preconfigured standard map that you can also edit or delete. The map is automatically created when you install PRTG for the first time. It is only visible to administrators):

  • Sample Dashboard: By default, this map shows a graphical structure of your device tree, a list of alarms, a geographical map, and more. This sample map has a 5***** priority so you can also open it under Home in the main menu bar. To not show it in the main menu bar, define a lower priority.

Start Maps

Click Maps in the main menu bar to view or add custom views of your network's status and monitoring data. Hover over Maps to show other options.




Open the Maps overview where you can view or add custom views of your network's status and monitoring data.

Add Map

Open a dialog to add a new map.

Select Map

Open a map. Hover over Select Map to show other options. Follow the menu path that is specific to your setup to select a map.

Maps Overview

In the All view, you see a list of all maps. Click the name of a map to view it. To add a new map, hover over b_add and select Add Map from the menu.

To edit a map, enable the check box next to the map and choose one of the following options:

  • Click b_multi_edit_map_rotation to rotate between maps.
  • Click b_multi_edit_clone to create an exact copy of this map. As soon as you click this, the map is cloned.
  • Click b_multi_edit_delete to remove this map.
  • Click b_multi_edit_settings to edit this map's settings.

You can also define the priority of a map. Maps with a 5-star priority (i_priority_5) appear in the main menu bar under Home for direct selection (up to 10 entries).

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Maps in Home Menu.

See also section Working with Table Lists. Additionally, the multi-edit functionality is available. This enables you to change properties of several objects simultaneously via bulk changes. For more information, see section Multi-Edit.

Map Rotation

With this feature, you can rotate through several maps or dashboards on one page. Map rotation lets you show different types of information on one screen based on time. You can compare this with a slide show. Follow the steps below to configure your own map rotation.

  1. Open the Maps overview from the main menu bar.
  2. Select the maps that you want to rotate by enabling the check box next to the respective maps.
  3. The multi-edit menu appears.
  4. Click b_multi_edit_map_rotation.
  5. PRTG now shows the selected maps in rotation on a new page.
    i_round_blueThis requires login credentials for PRTG.
  6. You can change the time until a new map appears. Hover over b_map_refresh in the lower-right corner and choose from 10s, 30s, 60s (seconds), 10m (minutes), and Refresh (now).
Start Map Rotation

Start Map Rotation

Public Map Rotation

You can also set up a public map rotation that you can use without login credentials. For this purpose, you have to create a custom URL that defines which maps publicly rotate. The public map rotation URL has this format: the address of your PRTG installation, followed by /public/mapshow.htm?ids=, followed by map IDs and secret keys.

  1. Allow public access in the settings of the maps that you want to rotate.
  2. Find the map IDs and secret keys to add them to the URL that opens the public map rotation.
    1. To find the ID of a map, open the map with your web browser. The map ID is included in the URL of the map as value of the parameter id, for example, https://<yourprtgserver>/map.htm?id=2124, where the number 2124 is the needed ID.
    2. To find the secret key of a map, open the settings of the map, make sure you have selected a public access option, and copy the entry of the Secret Key field.
  3. Connect each map ID with the secret key of the same map using a colon, in this format: mapid:secretkey
  4. Add all IDs with their secret keys to the URL for the public map rotation. Separate each mapid:secretkey token from the next mapid:secretkey token with a comma.
  5. The complete URL has this format: https://yourprtgserver/public/mapshow.htm?ids=mapid1:secretkey1,mapid2:secretkey2,mapid3:secretkey3
    This is an example URL for public rotation of two maps:
  6. Open the URL with your browser and the public map rotation starts.
  7. You can change the time until a new map appears. Hover over b_map_refresh in the lower-right corner and choose from 10s, 30s, 60s (seconds), 10m (minutes), and Refresh (now).

Maps in Home Menu

You can add any map to Home in the main menu bar of the PRTG web interface. This option gives you quick access to your most important maps.

If you open a map via Home, it appears as a dashboard without the tabs that are available when opening a map via the Maps menu. In contrast to a map that you open via URL, your dashboard is embedded in the PRTG web interface with global header area and page footer.

You can control whether a map appears in the Home menu via priorities. Every map with a 5-star priority (i_priority_5) appears as a single entry under Home. You can include up to 10 map entries in the Home menu.

  1. Open the Maps overview via the main menu bar.
  2. In the table list, look for the entry of the map that you want to add to the Home menu.
  3. In column Priority, select i_priority_5 for the desired map.

The map appears in the Home menu (manually refresh the page with F5 to immediately see the changes).

i_round_bluePRTG provides a sample dashboard in the Home menu by default. You can remove the sample dashboard and other dashboards from the menu by changing the priority to i_priority_4 or lower.

Add Map to Home

Add Map to Home

Working with Maps

For detailed information on how to create and edit maps, and to learn how to make them available to others, see the following sections.

Advanced Procedures