Glossary: Mapbox GL

Mapbox GL is a vector rendering framework for highly customizable and responsive client-side maps. Maps render at a super high framerate and allow for dynamic styling. It has implementations for both web and native platforms. The abbreviation, GL, comes from OpenGL, the industry standard Open Graphics Library. The Mapbox Studio style editor is a tool for creating Mapbox GL styles.

Mapbox GL is available for use with Mapbox GL JS, the iOS SDK, or the Android SDK.

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