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MSFS2020 Map Enhancement

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The methods mentioned in this tutorial are for research and learning purposes only. I am not responsible for any legal liabilities and losses caused by using or expanding this tutorial and method.

You can find old versions here:

  • Download and you will get a zip file
  • Extract it and you will see an exe file name: MSFS2020 Map Enhancement Installer 6.x.x
  • Double click it to trigger installation, please keep the default installation path.
  • You will see a "MSFS2020 Map Enhancement" icon appear on your desktop
  • Before starting MSFS2020, open the mod and allow it runs in administrator mode
  • Choose the map and click "Start"
  • You will see the status is "Started" show and it will refresh automatically when you are in-game
  • Start your MFSF2020 and enjoy.
  • Close MSFS2020 and close this mod (It should automatically return to bing map for the next run)
  • If you like this mod, please help me improve it by donating 
  • If you have a problem, please see FAQ first 
  • If FAQ can't solve the problem, please raise an issue 
  • Please also click the "Subscribe" button on this page to get latest update

There are good comparison videos:

Microsoft Flight Simulator Google MAPS ADDON | Bing Vs Google!

Google Flight Simulator? Google Map Enhancement Mod in Microsoft FS2020 (Demo, Review, and Install)

More videos:


The whole journey from Chengdu to Xian:

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I will keep this mod up to date for every MSFS update as much as I can. If you like this plugin and want to offer me a coffee, please click the "DONATE ME A COFFEE" button, or here is the link:

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About the licensing

The app is completely free and same features as before, no license is needed for previous features. All maps it currently contains are free. Free features are always kept updated.
Some advanced features (e.g. custom map provider and future features) need a pro license.

Sim Update 10
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August 20, 2021
Ultimo aggiornamento
7 day(s) ago — 6.1.7



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Se abilito la cache la mod non mi carica più le texture del terreno



2 day(s) ago / Ringraziato da derekhe

Paid for the license and running apple maps with no issues at all.

Ran bing maps updated prior to today with zero CTD closed the sim a couple of times when loading in other mods (stopped the map enhancement mod then hit start when ready to go again) with over 1 millions images loaded in. Out of all the providers Apple has been the one that is the most visually pleasing.

My honest opinion is I love it, my only suggestion is perhaps give users a trial of apple maps if even for one or two days so they can see the benefits of potentially paying for a license.

MSFS is delicate, look at what mods are being used, some may be putting strain on the sim. The hardware combinations are endless. I could go on and on. I have zero issues with this mod and never had. I really look forward to seeing what is next.

Outdated mods and outdated planes, badly optimised cities/planes/scenery can all have a combined effect on your experience with the simulator and this map enhancement mod.



2 day(s) ago / Ringraziato da derekhe

Wish I could rate this app over and over again!

5 STARS out of 5

I recently got the pro license for the Map Enhancement App. And my God, with the latest update, Derekhe has made Apple Maps work perfectly! No kidding, this has transformed the MSFS experience with its different options, and now Apple’s highest quality aerial imagery in Europe and other regions. I really don’t want to sound like I’m overawed by it, but it really is a MUST have for every MSFS simmer.

I have been using this mod with every update for a year, and the latest is the best. There’s NO effect on any performance on the sim, and it doesn’t affect any operations of MSFS or your PC save getting aerials.

And just want to make this clear, you will not regret getting the pro license. In fact, you won’t even consider launching MSFS without running Map Enhancement first.

Highly recommend and endorse it!



2 day(s) ago / Ringraziato da derekhe

Hi there. I have since the first day an issue with the mod. I opened a ticket on the forum : game is stuttering (sound and fps) while loading pictures (not happening with Bing). And then it happens all the time. I finally ended using it. Last week I tried to find new infos and I saw a guy telling that extending the virtual memory could help (he said up to about 35000, I was at 4900). So I tried. And now it is ok. I can even use the high lod option! So glad it works. If it can help...



4 day(s) ago / Ringraziato da derekhe

I'm having a problem with 6.1.7.

The mod doesn't seem to be replacing the tiles fast enough. The hi-res google tiles are only appearing directly below the plane and in a small rectangular area around, but everywhere else the scenery is filled with some generic low-res repeating tiles (probably some kind of default low-res autogen).

I don't have any issues with my bandwidth, everything else work as it should. Also, i have never run into this problem before. It only appeared after getting the latest version. Everything else works as it should.

Just one final question I had before getting pro version Derekhe - If we want to use Apple Maps (which will automatically appear in the menu after getting pro license), do we need to still keep changing access keys? I have seen in the comments people saying that access keys last just 30 mins - 1 hr. Thanks again! I'll immediately get pro version after you clarify this doubt.

la versione precedente mi caricava le immagini solo intorno all'aereo ed era diventata inutilizzabile, ora mi crea dei quadratini colorati su tutte le montagne e mi fa crash il simulatore. peccato era una bellissima mod.

Could you please remove donation popup for for those who have payed for a licenced version? Thanks!

Why so many updates? It was working beautifully 30 versions ago.

If I start it from the Task Scheduler, the Map servers do not appear (as an admin, of course) - everything is OK by running the exe directly. What could be the problem?

I'm a first-time user and every now and then I skip an update. Until now (V5) I was able to automatically start the Map Enhancement addon with Addons Linker without any error message. Now with version 6 I get the error message "Game is runnin, ........

Unfortunately, we can't set a link in your addon itself that you can use to start Addons Linker...

Am I now forced to always go the awkward way of loading the Map Enhancement addon first and then the Addons linker separately?

苹果地图用不了,挂了VPN,但提示【Error: The request was canceled due to the configured HttpClient.Timeout of 5 seconds elapsing.】。谷歌地图和中国定制超清地图都没有问题,版本是6.1.7。

Anyone else crashing with Update 10?

I must say the last version (6.16) is again super unstable. I don't think is wise to push updates that just ruin the experience. And all goes back to the cache feature that is clearly its Achilles heel.

I would like to see an option to activate deactivate new features that are introduced by new version where is possible and also the ability to use more than one cache file at one time would be very useful. Saving a good cache to be left untouched by bad writes would save a lot of headaches.

For example if the program crashes gigabytes worth of cache file are compromised as the cache instantly becomes corrupt and blocks the program from passing the textures to MSFS. Effectively the program continues to download files and shows the thumbnails changing but it says "data used = zero" while MSFS switches to default offline textures.

Also a way to repair databases would be great.

Thank you.


One more thing. I don't know if possible but you should disable the default "send data home" this feature especially after so many viruses report I am not sure is left enabled by anyone and also if it truly not sending back data when OFF. You should simple make the app build a report in text format as much as possible... a log and then ask the user for permission to send that file.

These days allowing buggy software to "phone home" is really a bad idea and it will slowly wear the trust in your app especially since last versions went from bad to worse and you would like people to slowly move to "licensed" version.

Whe using any map coverage, for example bing maps or mapbox, the default vegetation appear uncovered (nude soil, just photogrammetry). Is there any way to use maps from this mod and also vegetation coverage?

Im loving the previous versions, but this one both here and on Github will not install "Error opening file for writing ...Autofsc.dll..."

it is listing 6.15 but is in the Github 6.16.exe and here on\ gone back to the previous version.

I am missing this!!!...Please fix is too COOL to NOT use!!!!



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With the last 2 versions I encountered very long loading times in MSFS and also when going back to the main menu it takes forever. Developer mode on shows me just 6fps while trying to go back to the main menu. When your software is not running everything is fine. Any clue on this?

I'm on 6.1.6. On window resize, the drop down box for server stays a fixed size and at least in my case you can't tell which Google server is selected.

Not working well Mix of cartoon video game maps instead 6.1.6

With Apple maps I thought this was global. The URL's are for different areas. Do we have to install more than one URL?

Questi articoli sono attualmente in lista e saranno elaborati presto!
Suggerimenti, bug e idee per il futuro.

  • Version 6.1.7 September 23, 2022

    Fix high lod cache issue which may damage the cache
    (Pro version) Apple map can be chosen directly in the map provider without manually input it in custom manual editor.

  • Version 6.1.6 September 16, 2022

    * Fix: when start with proxy settings, it failed to load and report error
    * Add notification when game is running (you should run the mod first and then run the game)
    * Improve stability

  • Version 6.1.5 September 10, 2022

    * Add Apple Map instructions:
    * Fix the loaded image that doesn't show
    * Fix application crash when auto-start if any error happens
    * Add image adjustment feature: see doc here:
    * Fix China map green issue
    * 修复中国地图发绿问题

  • Version 6.1.3 September 06, 2022

    Fix HighLOD can't load in ArcGIS and Chinese custom map

  • Version 6.1.1 September 04, 2022

    Add license. For license, please see:
    Add custom map provider (need a license to unlock)
    Fix several bugs and improve stability

  • Version 6.1.0 August 28, 2022

    This is a stable version, please upgrade if possible

    * Add version update notification
    * Add donation page
    * Add troubleshooting page
    * Fix status display text in dark mode
    * Fix steam start problem
    * Fix several crash bugs

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