Vector Maps

Mapbox is built on vector maps, an advanced approach to mapping where data is delivered to the device and precisely rendered in real-time. The result is smooth, fast maps.

Available on:

iOS Android Web
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Fast and lightweight

Maps render at a super-high framerate — allowing the maps to fluidly respond to user feedback or scripted events and opening up a whole new class of apps.

Vector maps are roughly one-fourth the size of traditional raster implementations, which means greater performance in low-bandwidth environments and greater cost savings where bandwidth is expensive.


Size decrease compared to our traditional raster maps

Smooth transitions

Vector maps animate scale changes on-the-fly, providing smooth zooms on mobile and desktop. You can rotate the map, change the pitch, and zoom in and out fluidly. Icons and labels adjust to maximize legibility from any angle.

Access your data

The data for every feature you see in a vector map lives on the client, not the server. That means data can be instantly queried, allowing for flexible map changes and UIs that adapt to the map automatically.

Hover over the map to inspect NYC trees.

Dynamic design

You can customize every aspect of your map, from tweaking the colors, to hiding or showing specific layers, to deciding what information you want to present on your map, all while your users are interacting with the map.

Tree diameter









Tools for vector maps

Mapbox Studio opens up complete design control, allowing you to design custom vector maps to perfectly match your map to your brand.

Take vector maps with you with the Mapbox iOS and Android SDK or add them to your website with Mapbox GL JS.

Built in the open

Development of vector maps and Mapbox GL, from the current code to architecture discussions by our team and our ecosystem of contributors, happens in the open on GitHub.

Sign up, it’s free!

Mapbox is free to start on both mobile and web. Pick a map design and add it to your app, or design your own maps with Mapbox Studio.