map view

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).

static API call Each Mapbox Static API request is one request

Mapbox Studio Classic (15 tiles)

If you used Mapbox Editor projects or Mapbox Studio Classic styles, a map view is counted when 15 tiles are loaded on the map.

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.

See our Pricing page to see how many map views your plan includes. For high-volume annual discounts, contact our sales team to learn more about our custom plan offerings.

For native mobile applications and Unity applications, Mapbox counts usage via monthly active users instead of map views.