Camera position

The Mapbox Maps SDK for Android gives you complete control over the position of the map camera. The camera's location and behavior is defined by its properties:

  • center: The longitude and latitude at which the camera is pointed.
  • bearing: The visual rotation of the map. The bearing value is the compass direction the camera points to show the user which way is "up". For example, a bearing of 90° orients the map so that east is up.
  • pitch: The visual tilt of the map. A pitch of 0° is perpendicular to the surface, looking straight down at the map, while a greater value like 60° looks ahead towards the horizon.
  • zoom: The zoom level specifies how close the camera is to the features being viewed. At zoom level 0, the viewport shows continents and oceans. A middle value of 11 shows city-level details, and at a higher zoom level the map begins to show buildings and points of interest.
  • padding: Insets from each edge of the map. The padding value impacts the location at which the center point is rendered.
  • anchor: The point in the map's coordinate system around which zoom and bearing are applied. Mutually exclusive with center.

Set camera position

The Maps SDK allows you to set the camera's position on map initialization, or after the map has already been initialized. You can also set the camera's position based on the user's location or fit the camera to a specific shape.

Set camera on map initialization

You can configure many of your map's characteristics, including the starting camera position or the location of the compass on the screen, in your activity's layout file.


When you add a map to your application programmatically instead of using XML, specify the camera position when you initialize the map by defining CameraOptions, passing those options to MapInitOptions, and using those options when initializing the MapView. This approach is best if you know what part of the world you want to show a user first. Since the SDK will load the tiles around the specified location first, the map may appear to load faster.

CameraOptions parameters are optional. For any parameters that aren't specified, the SDK will use the default value.

// set initial camera position
val initialCameraOptions = CameraOptions.Builder()
  .center(Point.fromLngLat(-74.0066, 40.7135))

val mapInitOptions = MapInitOptions(this, resourceOptions, mapOptions, plugins, initialCameraOptions, true)
mapView = MapView(this, mapInitOptions)
Default camera position

If you don't specify the camera position when the style is loaded, default values will be used. If the style being loaded has center, bearing, pitch, and zoom properties defined, the position will be determined by those values. If these properties are not defined in the style JSON, the map will be centered on the coordinates 0,0 with a bearing and pitch of 0 at zoom level 0.

Set after map initialization

In some cases you may want to set the camera's position after the map has been initialized based on an event or user interaction. For example, you may want to center the map camera on an annotation when a user clicks on it.

val pointAnnotationManager = mapView.annotations.createPointAnnotationManager(mapView).pointAnnotationManager.apply {
  // listen for click event
    OnPointAnnotationClickListener {
      // define camera position
      val cameraPosition = CameraOptions.Builder()
      // set camera position
Change camera position on map click

After the map has been initialized, use OnMapClickListener to listen for a user action, then change the camera position using flyTo.

Set camera based on device location

You can set the camera based on the location of the device. Users must grant permission before an app can access information about their location. For more information about asking for the user's location, see the User location guide.

After the user has granted this permission, you can pass their location to the app and center the camera on it.

// Get the user's location as coordinates
private val onIndicatorBearingChangedListener = OnIndicatorBearingChangedListener {

private val onIndicatorPositionChangedListener = OnIndicatorPositionChangedListener {
  mapView.gestures.focalPoint = mapView.getMapboxMap().pixelForCoordinate(it)

// Pass the user's location to camera
Location component

Shows location puck on the map.

You can also set the camera position to update as the user's location changes. For example, the map can stay centered on a user's location as they walk down the street.

Display the user's location

Use OnMoveListener and LocationComponentPlugin to update the camera based on a user's location.

Fit the camera to a given shape

You can position the camera to fit a specified shape within the viewport. MapboxMap includes a few convenience methods to generate a CameraOptions based on given coordinates or geometries:

This example uses cameraForGeometry to set the camera view on the triangle defined in triangleCoordinates:

// Create a polygon
val triangleCoordinates = listOf(
    Point.fromLngLat(-3.363937, -10.733102),
    Point.fromLngLat(1.754703, -19.716317),
    Point.fromLngLat(-15.747196, -21.085074),
    Point.fromLngLat(-3.363937, -10.733102)
val polygon = Polygon.fromLngLats(triangleCoordinates)
// Convert to a camera options from a given geometry and padding
val cameraPosition = mapboxMap.cameraForGeometry(polygon, EdgeInsets(1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0))
// Set camera position
Fit the camera to a set of coordinates

Use cameraForCoordinateBounds to set the camera view to the specified coordinates.

Listen for camera changes

The Maps SDK provides camera change listeners that can tell you whether any camera change events have happened. The SDK gives different camera listeners to determine if the camera change event was caused by a user gesture, built-in API animations, or a developer-controlled movement.

Create an OnCameraChangeListener, and do something when the camera changes:

val listener = OnCameraChangeListener { cameraChangedEventData ->
  // Do something when the camera position changes

Then use addOnCameraChangeListener to add the listener:

// Add the listener to the map

Don't forget to remove the listener inside onDestroy or onStop with removeOnCameraChangeListener:

override fun onDestroy() {
Listen for camera changes to update an inset map

This example shows an inset map on a larger map and uses OnCameraChangeListener to listen for camera changes on the keep the two map's cameras in sync.

Get camera position

Once the map has been initialized, you can retrieve the camera's position to understand what the user is viewing, and other camera-related information, using the CameraState property.

For example, you could display the longitude and latitude of the center point of the map as text:

// Get the ``
val center = mapView.getMapboxMap()

Restrict camera

Use MapboxMap's setBounds function to restrict a user's panning to limit the map camera to a chosen area.

For example, you could create a location-specific app experience in which a user's panning behavior is limited to a specific country, like Iceland.

// Define camera bounds
private val cameraBoundsOptions = CameraBoundsOptions.Builder()
      Point.fromLngLat(-122.66336, 37.492987),
      Point.fromLngLat(-122.250481, 37.87165),
// Fit camera to the bounding box
Restrict the camera to a specific location

Use mapboxMap.setBounds to set the camera view and restrict user gestures to fit a specified bounding box around Iceland.