Find Mapbox-related terms and their definitions.
Mapbox uses access tokens to associate your account with your requests to Mapbox API resources.
Attribution is the combination of two visual elements that are placed on all Mapbox maps, stating that a map was created with Mapbox tools and data.
A baselayer was a map style designed in Mapbox Studio Classic. Mapbox Studio, the modern alternative to Mapbox Studio Classic, does not use baselayers.
CartoCSS was a language used by Mapbox Studio Classic to build classic styles. Mapbox Studio, the modern alternative to Mapbox Studio Classic, does not use CartoCSS.
A classic style was a map style made with Mapbox Studio Classic. Mapbox Studio, the modern alternative to Mapbox Studio Classic, does not use classic styles.
The CSV (comma-separated values) format can be used for mapping if the file contains geographic information.
The Mapbox Datasets API allows you to read, create, update, and remove datasets and dataset features.
With the Mapbox Directions API, you can add routing with turn-by-turn directions to your map.
An expression defines a formula for computing the value of any layout property, paint property, or filter within a map style.
A geospatial feature refers to an individual point, line, or polygon in a dataset or in a tileset.
Feature querying is the process by which features in a tileset are identified at a specific location.
A filter, also known as a predicate within iOS and macOS, gives you fine-grained control over the content of a style layer.
Geocoding is the process of taking an address or name of a place and converting it into latitude and longitude values.
The Mapbox Geocoding API performs two main tasks, forward geocoding and reverse geocoding.
GeoJSON is a file format for representing map data. Mapbox web services and APIs serve geospatial data as GeoJSON.
The Mapbox Isochrone API allows you to request polygon or line features that show areas that are reachable within a specified amount of time from a location.
latitude and longitude
Latitude and longitude are a pair of numbers (coordinates) used to describe a position on the plane of a geographic coordinate system.
layout and paint properties
Layout and paint properties are two sub-properties of a layer that decides how data from the layer is rendered in maps that use Mapbox GL.
A line is a geospatial feature defined by connected pairs of latitude and longitude coordinates.
Map ID is a deprecated term for the unique identifier used to identify a tileset. This identifier is now called a tileset ID.
A map load occurs whenever a Mapbox GL JS Map object is initialized on a webpage. It is used to track map usage on the web.
Map Matching API
The Mapbox Map Matching API allows you to take recorded traces, such as the data from a GPS tracker, and snap them to the OpenStreetMap road and path network.
Map views were formerly used as a unit of measurement to track map usage on the web. Map views are now deprecated.
Mapbox components for Framer X
The Mapbox components for Framer X can be used to add interactive maps to Framer prototypes.
Mapbox Editor was an online interface for designing maps that has been deprecated. Mapbox Studio is the modern alternative to Mapbox Editor.
Mapbox GL is a suite of open-source libraries for embedding customizable and responsive client-side maps in web, mobile, and desktop applications.
Mapbox Maps SDK for Android
The Mapbox Maps SDK for Android is an open-source toolset for building mapping applications for Android devices.
Mapbox Maps SDK for iOS
The Mapbox Maps SDK for iOS is an open-source toolset for building mapping applications for iPhone and iPad devices.
Mapbox Maps SDK for Unity
The Mapbox Maps SDK for Unity is an open-source toolset for building location-based augmented and virtual reality applications with Unity, using real map data.
Mapbox Navigation SDKs
The Mapbox Navigation SDKs for iOS and Android provide open-source toolsets for integrating turn-by-turn navigation within mobile applications.
Mapbox Studio is a web application for creating map styles and managing your datasets and tilesets.
Mapbox Studio Classic
Mapbox Studio Classic was a desktop application for designing classic styles. Mapbox Studio is the modern alternative to Mapbox Studio Classic.
Mapbox Tiling Service (MTS)
Mapbox Tiling Service (MTS) allows you to list, delete, and retrieve TileJSON metadata for raster and vector tilesets.
Maps SDK for React Native
The Maps SDK for React Native is a community-managed React Native library for integrating Mapbox maps into mobile apps.
monthly active users
Monthly active users (MAU) is a billing metric for Mapbox Maps, Navigation, and Visions SDKs.
offline regions and offline packs
An offline region is a defined region of a map that is available for use in conditions with limited or no network connection.
The Mapbox Optimization API returns a duration-optimized route between provided input coordinates.
A polygon is a geospatial feature defined by connected pairs of latitude and longitude coordinates forming an area with at least three sides.
Projections are methods of transforming the coordinates of locations on the planet to a two-dimensional plane.
Raster Tiles API
The Mapbox Raster Tiles API allows you to request a single tile from a Mapbox-hosted raster tileset.
A routing profile is a set of rules that a routing engine uses to find the optimal route between two points.
Runtime styling allows you to dynamically change the map style displayed on your Mapbox map in real time.
Simplestyle is an open source specification for styling GeoJSON data used in Mapbox.js and in GeoJSON overlays in the Static Images API.
Static Images API
The Mapbox Static Images API allows you to request a standalone, static image of a map generated from a Mapbox GL-based style.
A style component is a collection of related map features that you style as a single unit in the Mapbox Studio style editor. Each component can contain one or more layers.
style-optimized vector tiles
Style-optimized vector tiles remove any layers or features in a tile that are not represented by a given Mapbox style.
The Mapbox Styles API allows you to programmatically read and write map styles, fonts, and sprites.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a markup language for describing two-dimensional vector graphics.
Telemetry is a process in which automatic sensors create and update maps by gathering anonymized data about where and how people are moving.
TileMill was a desktop application for designing maps that has been deprecated. Mapbox Studio is the modern alternative to TileMill.
The Mapbox Tilequery API allows you to retrieve data about specific features from a vector tileset, based on a given latitude and longitude.
A tileset is a collection of raster or vector data broken up into a uniform grid of square tiles at 22 preset zoom levels.
tileset billing metrics
Tilesets created using Mapbox Tiling Service or the Mapbox Uploads API are billed according to processing and hosting metrics.
Tileset IDs, previously known as Map IDs, are used to identify vector and raster tilesets.
This feature is in beta. Tileset recipes describe how tileset source data should look and behave when a tileset is published by Mapbox Tiling Service (MTS).
This feature is in beta. Tileset sources are line-delimited GeoJSON sources used to create new tilesets using Mapbox Tiling Service (MTS).
The Mapbox Uploads API transforms geographic data into tilesets that can be used with maps and geographic applications.
A vector tile is a lightweight data format for storing geospatial vector data, such as points, lines, and polygons.
Vector Tiles API
The Mapbox Vector Tiles API allows you to request a single tile from a Mapbox-hosted vector tileset.
WordPress map block
The WordPress map block allows WordPress users to add a Mapbox map to any post or page.
In Mapbox vector tilesets, the "worldview" data field is used to identify geographic features whose characteristics are defined differently by various groups.