Mapbox Imagery

Mapbox Satellite is our global imagery layer that brings real-world visualization to your maps. Overlay your own data, view with vector data via Mapbox Satellite Streets, or drape it over terrain with GL JS.

Satellite Imagery

We combine multiple sources of global satellite imagery from commercial providers, NASA, and USGS. Optimized for coverage and consistency, we continually add updated, high-quality, and attractive imagery as landscapes change.

Aerial Imagery

For our highest resolution imagery, we work with commercial providers and open data sources to provide greater detail wherever available. At resolutions up to 5 cm per pixel, our aerial imagery delivers clarity and accuracy for cities, suburbs, and full countries. 

Satellite Streets

Mapbox Satellite Streets uses the same vector tile source as our general-purpose maps and contains the full range of geographic information required to provide context for overlays.

3D Satellite Maps

Combining imagery and our 3D terrain in GL JS provides ultra-realistic maps for visualization. Optimized for performance, its real-time styling delivers 60 FPS maps for both desktop and mobile devices.

Atmosphere, Sky, and Camera Controls

Add depth and realism to your maps with controls for fog, atmosphere, and sky gradients. Use the Camera API to create free form views to move across the landscape.

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

What is Mapbox imagery?

Mapbox offers a global collection of satellite and aerial imagery, with resolutions ranging from a continent scale (1000+ meters per pixel) down to individual buildings and even cars (5 cm). Mapbox imagery is available in a variety of styles accessed through different core Mapbox services.

Which tilesets are available?

Mapbox imagery is currently available through two tilesets that users can integrate into their maps. Our default tileset is <code-span>‘mapbox.satellite’<code-span>, and contains sources from both satellites and airplanes from zoom levels 0 through 20. For customers in the United States, we also have the <code-span>‘mapbox.naip’<code-span> tileset, which uses USDA NAIP aerial imagery for zoom levels 12 - 16 over the contiguous US.

Can I download Mapbox imagery or use it offline?

Mapbox imagery is only available for use within Mapbox services and platforms. If there is a need for offline use, we offer Mapbox Atlas for behind-the-firewall needs. Imagery can be cached locally for performance purposes only for no more than 30 days.

Where can I find specific imagery source information?

Mapbox imagery is made of many sources, which may change based on the map’s zoom level. All source information is available at https://www.mapbox.com/about/maps

What can I do with Mapbox imagery that I couldn’t do before?

By using Mapbox’s imagery, you can gain additional context about your surroundings, perform tasks like identifying every parking lot in a state or every school in the world, or visualize the extent of deforestation in the Amazon basin. Its broad coverage and recent vintage allows you to understand ground truth before hiking a new area, making a curbside delivery in a new neighborhood, or accurately plan a UAV flight by using existing landmarks in the imagery.

What are the sources of Mapbox imagery?

Mapbox’s imagery comes from a variety of open and commercial sources. In general, we use NASA’s MODIS satellite for low resolution tiles, Maxar’s Vivid product for zooms 8 - 18 globally, and Nearmap aerial imagery for zooms 14 - 20 over US cities. We also have open source aerial imagery covering most of France, Denmark, Switzerland, and various cities around the world. A full list of sources can be found here.

Can I extract features from Mapbox imagery?

We allow for tracing of features and extraction only for non-commercial purposes, and for individuals updating OpenStreetMap. Tracing or extracting features for commercial use is prohibited. More information can be found in our Terms of Service.

Where can I find documentation for Mapbox imagery?

Our documentation is available through our Documentation pages here.

What kind of data makes up Mapbox imagery?

We source both open-source and commercial imagery, and strive to create the most current, highest quality imagery layer available. Our imagery comes from satellites (orbiting in space) and aerial (flying in planes) sources, and varies in resolution from 1000 meters per pixel to 5 centimeters per pixel.

How old is the imagery?

Imagery age varies by location, though typically cities and suburbs are refreshed more often than rural areas. Mapbox updates imagery on a regular basis and strives to keep it as up to date as possible.

How much does Mapbox imagery cost?

Mapbox imagery is a premium visualization layer, the price of which is based on the usage of underlying services like Map Loads, SDK MAUs. Pricing for our core components can be found here.

Imagery near me is outdated. How can I request an update?

Mapbox updates imagery on a regular basis, and we strive to keep it as current as possible. While there’s not currently a mechanism to request specific imagery updates, we’d love to hear about your priority areas by contacting us.

What problems can I solve with it?

Imagery provides context beyond what can be gleaned from a street map, and can provide visual reference not available through other means. Things like identifying farm boundaries, counting the number of houses in a new development, or measuring the extent of urban expansion are just some of the solutions imagery can provide.

What is the imagery’s resolution?

Image resolution will vary by source and zoom level, with lower zoom levels containing coarser resolutions. With very few exceptions (Antarctica, Greenland, some smaller islands), the standard resolution for global imagery is 50 cm, with higher resolution aerial imagery available for some cities. Our US urban area aerial imagery has a 7.5 cm resolution, and imagery of international cities ranges from 25 to 5 cm depending on the location. The <code-span>‘mapbox.naip’<code-span> tileset offers most states at 60 cm resolution, with a few at 1 m.

Is imagery included with Mapbox Atlas?

Yes, we include a global layer of imagery up to zoom 14 in Mapbox Atlas. If there is a need to include areas of higher resolution, please work with your account manager to assess your needs for us to develop a custom solution.

Something is wrong with the imagery. How do I get it fixed?

If you find an issue with our imagery, you can reach out to let us know through our Map Feedback page. Depending on the issue, fixes may come as quickly as 7 days.

How do I get started using Mapbox imagery?

Mapbox imagery is served through a number of our core service endpoints. Requests can be made through the Raster Tiles API, Static Images API, or as a style in Mapbox Studio. These endpoints can serve imagery by themselves, via <code-span>'mapbox://styles/mapbox/satellite-v9'<code-span>. Static Images and Mapbox Studio can also serve streets overlaid on imagery by using <code-span>'mapbox://styles/mapbox/satellite-streets-v11'<code-span>.

How does resolution change by latitude?

The answer varies depending on the type of map you’re using, as GL-based maps serve 512x512 pixel tiles and the Mapbox Raster Tiles API serves 256x256 pixels. Specific resolutions for latitude can be found in our documentation.

Can I add my own imagery to Mapbox imagery?

We don’t allow customers to add their own imagery to our curated imagery tilesets, but you are able to add imagery to your own account. You can add a raster layer in GL JS or add an image to your account with the Uploads API

Can I get custom imagery from Mapbox?

Mapbox curates its imagery layer to serve a broad range of customers and use cases. For customers needing imagery not contained in our layers, you can procure their own imagery and use the Uploads API to add it to your Mapbox account. While we do not offer custom imagery at this time, we are happy to introduce you to a number of different vendors to fit your needs. Contact us to learn more.

How accurate is Mapbox imagery?

The accuracy of Mapbox imagery varies based on the source and resolution. The highest resolution satellite imagery from Maxar is accurate to within 4 m RMSE. In areas of high relief, accuracy may fall outside of that specification due to Digital Elevation Model (DEM) errors. The Nearmap imagery over US urban areas is accurate to within 25.5cm RMSE. Accuracies of open-source aerial imagery will vary, but typically be within 1 m RMSE.

Can I recommend available imagery to Mapbox?

We regularly search for and add open-source imagery to our collection, but realize we might not find every available source. We welcome customers to recommend imagery by contacting us with a description of the imagery, including any relevant links in order for us to investigate the imagery and its licensing to ensure it can be used in our platform. In general, we only consider imagery with resolution greater than 50 cm that was collected within the past 2 years.

How often is Mapbox imagery updated?

Mapbox constantly updates our imagery with both open-source and commercial data. Open source imagery is added as it becomes available, and may cover areas from a single city to an entire country. Commercial imagery is updated based on customer demand and existing imagery age. 

What are some common use cases for Mapbox imagery?

Imagery is used by thousands of organizations and millions of end users. Common uses include identifying features on the ground, such as land use, natural features such as lakes or forests, farm or field extents, or man-made features such as buildings, roads, pipelines, or mines. Imagery is used in navigation by providing contextual information for deliveries or pickups, and is often used to chart paths traveled in fitness apps.

Is metadata available for Mapbox imagery?

We are not able to make imagery metadata available at this time. If your project depends on certain imagery characteristics, please contact us so we can assess your needs and determine the best source to use.

Can I use Mapbox imagery with 3D terrain?

Yes! We include our <code-span>‘mapbox.satellite’<code-span> tileset as an option in GL JS to drape it over terrain. It should be noted that, when viewed in 3D perspective, tiles of different zoom levels are loaded. This could result in 2 different imagery sources being loaded in the same screen, giving the appearance of a seamline.

What type of imagery does Mapbox provide the OSM community?

The imagery used in ‘mapbox.satellite’ is the same imagery available to OSM. This data can be used to make edits and updates in OpenStreetMap.

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Frequently asked questions

Overview

What is Mapbox imagery?

Mapbox offers a global collection of satellite and aerial imagery, with resolutions ranging from a continent scale (1000+ meters per pixel) down to individual buildings and even cars (5 cm). Mapbox imagery is available in a variety of styles accessed through different core Mapbox services.

What can I do with Mapbox imagery that I couldn’t do before?

By using Mapbox’s imagery, you can gain additional context about your surroundings, perform tasks like identifying every parking lot in a state or every school in the world, or visualize the extent of deforestation in the Amazon basin. Its broad coverage and recent vintage allows you to understand ground truth before hiking a new area, making a curbside delivery in a new neighborhood, or accurately plan a UAV flight by using existing landmarks in the imagery.

What kind of data makes up Mapbox imagery?

We source both open-source and commercial imagery, and strive to create the most current, highest quality imagery layer available. Our imagery comes from satellites (orbiting in space) and aerial (flying in planes) sources, and varies in resolution from 1000 meters per pixel to 5 centimeters per pixel.

What problems can I solve with it?

Imagery provides context beyond what can be gleaned from a street map, and can provide visual reference not available through other means. Things like identifying farm boundaries, counting the number of houses in a new development, or measuring the extent of urban expansion are just some of the solutions imagery can provide.

How do I get started using Mapbox imagery?

Mapbox imagery is served through a number of our core service endpoints. Requests can be made through the Raster Tiles API, Static Images API, or as a style in Mapbox Studio. These endpoints can serve imagery by themselves, via <code-span>'mapbox://styles/mapbox/satellite-v9'<code-span>. Static Images and Mapbox Studio can also serve streets overlaid on imagery by using <code-span>'mapbox://styles/mapbox/satellite-streets-v11'<code-span>.

Can I get custom imagery from Mapbox?

Mapbox curates its imagery layer to serve a broad range of customers and use cases. For customers needing imagery not contained in our layers, you can procure their own imagery and use the Uploads API to add it to your Mapbox account. While we do not offer custom imagery at this time, we are happy to introduce you to a number of different vendors to fit your needs. Contact us to learn more.

Can I recommend available imagery to Mapbox?

We regularly search for and add open-source imagery to our collection, but realize we might not find every available source. We welcome customers to recommend imagery by contacting us with a description of the imagery, including any relevant links in order for us to investigate the imagery and its licensing to ensure it can be used in our platform. In general, we only consider imagery with resolution greater than 50 cm that was collected within the past 2 years.

What are some common use cases for Mapbox imagery?

Imagery is used by thousands of organizations and millions of end users. Common uses include identifying features on the ground, such as land use, natural features such as lakes or forests, farm or field extents, or man-made features such as buildings, roads, pipelines, or mines. Imagery is used in navigation by providing contextual information for deliveries or pickups, and is often used to chart paths traveled in fitness apps.

Imagery Characteristics

Which tilesets are available?

Mapbox imagery is currently available through two tilesets that users can integrate into their maps. Our default tileset is <code-span>‘mapbox.satellite’<code-span>, and contains sources from both satellites and airplanes from zoom levels 0 through 20. For customers in the United States, we also have the <code-span>‘mapbox.naip’<code-span> tileset, which uses USDA NAIP aerial imagery for zoom levels 12 - 16 over the contiguous US.

What are the sources of Mapbox imagery?

Mapbox’s imagery comes from a variety of open and commercial sources. In general, we use NASA’s MODIS satellite for low resolution tiles, Maxar’s Vivid product for zooms 8 - 18 globally, and Nearmap aerial imagery for zooms 14 - 20 over US cities. We also have open source aerial imagery covering most of France, Denmark, Switzerland, and various cities around the world. A full list of sources can be found here.

How old is the imagery?

Imagery age varies by location, though typically cities and suburbs are refreshed more often than rural areas. Mapbox updates imagery on a regular basis and strives to keep it as up to date as possible.

What is the imagery’s resolution?

Image resolution will vary by source and zoom level, with lower zoom levels containing coarser resolutions. With very few exceptions (Antarctica, Greenland, some smaller islands), the standard resolution for global imagery is 50 cm, with higher resolution aerial imagery available for some cities. Our US urban area aerial imagery has a 7.5 cm resolution, and imagery of international cities ranges from 25 to 5 cm depending on the location. The <code-span>‘mapbox.naip’<code-span> tileset offers most states at 60 cm resolution, with a few at 1 m.

How does resolution change by latitude?

The answer varies depending on the type of map you’re using, as GL-based maps serve 512x512 pixel tiles and the Mapbox Raster Tiles API serves 256x256 pixels. Specific resolutions for latitude can be found in our documentation.

How accurate is Mapbox imagery?

The accuracy of Mapbox imagery varies based on the source and resolution. The highest resolution satellite imagery from Maxar is accurate to within 4 m RMSE. In areas of high relief, accuracy may fall outside of that specification due to Digital Elevation Model (DEM) errors. The Nearmap imagery over US urban areas is accurate to within 25.5cm RMSE. Accuracies of open-source aerial imagery will vary, but typically be within 1 m RMSE.

How often is Mapbox imagery updated?

Mapbox constantly updates our imagery with both open-source and commercial data. Open source imagery is added as it becomes available, and may cover areas from a single city to an entire country. Commercial imagery is updated based on customer demand and existing imagery age. 

Is metadata available for Mapbox imagery?

We are not able to make imagery metadata available at this time. If your project depends on certain imagery characteristics, please contact us so we can assess your needs and determine the best source to use.

Can I use Mapbox imagery with 3D terrain?

Yes! We include our <code-span>‘mapbox.satellite’<code-span> tileset as an option in GL JS to drape it over terrain. It should be noted that, when viewed in 3D perspective, tiles of different zoom levels are loaded. This could result in 2 different imagery sources being loaded in the same screen, giving the appearance of a seamline.

What type of imagery does Mapbox provide the OSM community?

The imagery used in ‘mapbox.satellite’ is the same imagery available to OSM. This data can be used to make edits and updates in OpenStreetMap.

Usage rights, pricing, and licensing

Can I download Mapbox imagery or use it offline?

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Mapbox imagery is only available for use within Mapbox services and platforms. If there is a need for offline use, we offer Mapbox Atlas for behind-the-firewall needs. Imagery can be cached locally for performance purposes only for no more than 30 days.

Can I extract features from Mapbox imagery?

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We allow for tracing of features and extraction only for non-commercial purposes, and for individuals updating OpenStreetMap. Tracing or extracting features for commercial use is prohibited. More information can be found in our Terms of Service.

How much does Mapbox imagery cost?

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Mapbox imagery is a premium visualization layer, the price of which is based on the usage of underlying services like Map Loads, SDK MAUs. Pricing for our core components can be found here.

Is imagery included with Mapbox Atlas?

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Yes, we include a global layer of imagery up to zoom 14 in Mapbox Atlas. If there is a need to include areas of higher resolution, please work with your account manager to assess your needs for us to develop a custom solution.

Can I add my own imagery to Mapbox imagery?

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We don’t allow customers to add their own imagery to our curated imagery tilesets, but you are able to add imagery to your own account. You can add a raster layer in GL JS or add an image to your account with the Uploads API

Support and Documentation

Where can I find specific imagery source information?

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Mapbox imagery is made of many sources, which may change based on the map’s zoom level. All source information is available at https://www.mapbox.com/about/maps

Where can I find documentation for Mapbox imagery?

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Our documentation is available through our Documentation pages here.

Imagery near me is outdated. How can I request an update?

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Mapbox updates imagery on a regular basis, and we strive to keep it as current as possible. While there’s not currently a mechanism to request specific imagery updates, we’d love to hear about your priority areas by contacting us.

Something is wrong with the imagery. How do I get it fixed?

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If you find an issue with our imagery, you can reach out to let us know through our Map Feedback page. Depending on the issue, fixes may come as quickly as 7 days.

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