Getting a Free HERE Technologies API key

Please note:  A more recent article that reflects changes HERE Technologies has made is available in the following blog post.

Versions 5 and later of CDXZipStream support two new functions CDXLocateHERE and CDXRouteHERE.  These geocoding and routing functions work with the HERE Technologies API. Here offers a free plan that allows up to 250,000 free requests per month as well as affordable pricing for additional requests ($1 per 1000 requests). No credit card is required to sign up This is a significant benefit when compared to the 125,000 requests per year for Bing Maps and pricing for Bing enterprise keys.

The steps to sign up for HERE and receive an API key are as follows:

1.   Create a HERE account at Make sure to verify your email address or the API keys you generate will only be temporary

2.   After logging in click on your “Freemium Project”. If you don’t see this click on the circle in the upper right with your initials to bring up the Projects page.

3.   Click on the “REST” section and press “Create API Key”.

4.   Enter the created key in CDXZipStream. In Excel, use the CDXZipStream menu “Settings” function. Enter your key using the “HERE API Settings” button.

More detail on setting up the key can be found at the following link.

 For existing users of CDXZipStream the new HERE features will be available to anyone who has purchased in the last year or anyone with an active data maintenance subscription.  You will need to download and install the latest CDXZipStream version 5 and reactivate your software using the "Account" button in the CDXZipStream menu. If you don't reactivate you will not have access to the new features. This will not affect the number of computers that you can install CDXZipStream on.

CDXZipStream customers without an active data maintenance plan will be able to try out the new Here functions but will be limited in the number of requests they can make during a single excel session.  Your online account at can be used to purchase a maintenance plan and get full access.


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