Glossary: Mapbox GL

Mapbox GL is a suite of open-source libraries for embedding highly customizable and responsive client-side maps in Web, mobile, and desktop applications. Maps render at a super high framerate. You can use custom styles designed in Mapbox Studio. You can also manipulate every aspect of the style’s appearance on the fly using runtime styling, because Mapbox GL renders vector tiles. The abbreviation “GL” comes from OpenGL, the industry-standard Open Graphics Library.

Mapbox GL is officially supported on the following platforms:

Native macOS applications can use the community-maintained Mapbox macOS SDK. If you are looking to incorporate Mapbox maps into a hybrid Android or iOS application, please see “Building hybrid apps”.

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