Web maps consist of individual tiles for fast and efficient rendering in a browser. As users interact with maps by panning or zooming, more tiles are loaded. To track usage of maps, the number of tiles loaded is counted as map views. Tiles can be rendered three ways:
- Mapbox Studio Styles
- Mapbox Static API
- Mapbox Classic Styles
Map views vary for each method:
Mapbox Studio Styles (4 tiles)
When using a Mapbox Studio style, a single map view is recorded when four tiles are loaded in the viewport. When a user zooms past zoom 16, overzooming is available saving on tile loads.
Each Mapbox Studio Style map view is four loaded tiles
Mapbox Static API (1 request)
One map view is counted when you make a single request to the Mapbox Static API (for creating static map images).
Each Mapbox Static API request is one request
Mapbox Studio Classic (15 tiles)
These counts are typical for a single page view on most websites. More than one map view can be generated during a single session as your users interact with the map.
Why is the number of tiles per map view different across Mapbox tools? Tiles from Mapbox Studio styles cover more pixels, making four tiles from Mapbox Studio styles roughly equivalent to 15 tiles from Mapbox Editor projects and Mapbox Studio Classic styles.
For native mobile applications and Unity applications, Mapbox counts usage via monthly active users instead of map views.