Announcing Mapbox Esri Connect

Today Mapbox is launching Mapbox Esri Connect, a suite of tools designed to seamlessly connect Mapbox with your existing Esri infrastructure. Whether you design your own maps in Mapbox Studio or use pre-designed Mapbox styles, this new toolset allows you to add Mapbox maps to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Desktop with just a few clicks.

WMTS support

One of the core features of Mapbox Esri Connect is WMTS support for every Mapbox map, enabling seamless integration with ArcGIS Desktop and QGIS. WMTS is an international standard created by the Open Geospatial Consortium, a standards body for geographic software. We love standards: Mapbox is built on open standards like GeoJSON and Mapbox Vector Tiles. WMTS is a way for different mapping applications to talk to each other with very little manual configuration: just enter a URL, choose a map layer, and you’re set.

Tile endpoints for Mapbox Studio styles

In February, we started creating image tiles from Mapbox Studio maps, so that Mapbox.js and other libraries can use your newly-designed maps without having to make the jump to vector rendering. The API serves 512px tiles - four times larger than traditional 256px tiles. We’re super excited about the switch to 512px across the board, but we also want to make sure that Mapbox works everywhere, even if you can’t adjust the tile size in your mapping library. So today, in addition to the 512px default size, we’re also supporting traditional 256px tiles with Mapbox Studio maps.

Embrace interoperability today

Check out the whole suite of tools on the Mapbox Esri Connect page, and be sure to show us what you’re building on Twitter @Mapbox!

Coming to San Diego next week for the Esri User Conference? Join us at Mapbox’s annual San Diego get-together – this year on the historic USS Midway! Check out the invite for more information and to RSVP. If you’d like to set up a meeting to chat with us while we’re down there, shoot us an email at hannah@mapbox.com.