With Mapbox Studio, you can upload custom data to your account to be added to a map. If you want to style a map without custom data, that’s also great! Head to the Styles section of this manual.
Mapbox Studio topics covered in this section:
Types of uploads
Datasets and tilesets are two different formats you can create when uploading custom data to your Mapbox account. If you want to add data and edit it before adding to a map, upload as a dataset. If you want to add data to add directly to a map, upload as a tileset.
Note: If you are uploading raster data, you must upload as a tileset.
Uploading data you can edit (datasets)
When you upload your data as a dataset, feature geometries (points, lines, and polygons) and properties (attributes) can be edited, added, or removed in the Mapbox Studio dataset editor. Once you have finished editing your dataset, you will need to save it and export it as a tileset in order to add it to a style.
Uploading data to add to a map (tilesets)
Tilesets are lightweight collections of vector or raster data that are optimized for rendering and are not editable but can be styled in the Mapbox Studio style editor. When you upload vector data as a tileset, it is simplified and cut up into vector tiles that can be used directly in your style. Once data is converted to a tileset, it is no longer editable.
Preparing your data for upload
Mapbox Studio allows you to upload your own custom data to use in your map styles. You can upload your files on the Tilesets page.
For a smooth upload process, it helps to make sure that:
- Geospatial data has been projected to Web Mercator (EPSG:3857)
- GeoJSON files have been validated for proper syntax
- Unnecessary properties have been removed
Uploading using the Uploads API
Alternatively, you can use the Mapbox Uploads API to upload an accepted file that is transformed into a tileset. With the Uploads API, Mapbox provides you with a temporary S3 bucket to stage uploads that can be started and monitored.
Accepted file types and transfer limits
The accepted file types and transfer limits for dataset and tileset uploads include:
|File type||Datasets||Tilesets||Transfer limits|
|CSV||5 Mb for datasets, 1 GB for tilesets|
|GeoJSON||5 Mb for datasets, 1 GB for tilesets|
|KML||260 Mb with 15 layers or fewer|
|Shapefile||260 Mb (combined uncompressed size of
If your file size exceeds these limits or if you run into errors, see the Troubleshooting section.
Zoom levels and simplification
When an upload is completed in Mapbox Studio, it is rendered into a tileset. After the tileset is created, your data is sometimes simplified at lower zoom levels to reduce the complexity of the data and ensure that each tile is below a certain size. This is done to make your map load faster in areas where details wouldn’t be normally noticed.
Uploaded tilesets are also given a zoom extent. This zoom extent is the total zoom range in which features are visible, which is listed on the tileset information page. If you need your tileset to be visible at a different zoom extent, you can adjust this manually.
More about tilesets
See the Tilesets section for more information on how to upload and manage tilesets in Mapbox Studio.
More about datasets
See the Datasets section for more information on how to upload, manage, and edit datasets in Mapbox Studio.
Troubleshooting common upload errors
Having trouble with uploads? Check out our troubleshooting page.
Learn how to create and manage styles in Mapbox Studio.