Google Fusion Tables to shut down in December

By | September 30, 2019
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Google launched Fusion Tables almost nine years ago as a research project in Google Labs, later evolving into an experimental product. For a long time, it was one of the few free tools for easily visualizing large datasets, especially on a map. Since then, Google has developed several alternatives, providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains.

To continue focusing on these areas, Google will retire Fusion Tables. They plan to turn down Fusion Tables and the Fusion Tables API on December 3, 2019. Embedded Fusion Tables visualizations — maps, charts, tables and cards — will also stop working that day. Maps using the Fusion Tables Layer in the Maps JavaScript API v3.37 began to see errors in August 2019.

Next Steps:

  • Learn about alternative tools
    Several new Google tools have been developed over the years, and you can visit the Help Center to learn which ones fit your use-case.
  • Download your data
    Filter by “type:table” to pull up a list of your tables in Google Drive. Download data from an individual table by following these instructions. If you have a lot of tables, download all your data in one step via Google Takeout.
Eric Fruth, ITS Infrastructure
Author: Eric Fruth, ITS Infrastructure

Eric is a performance support analyst senior with ITS Infrastructure. You can reach him at efruth@umich.edu.