Mapnik is an open source mapping toolkit for desktop and server-based map rendering, providing algorithms and patterns for spatial data access and visualization. It is a collection of geographic objects like maps, layers, data sources, features, and geometries.

Mapnik is used to render classic styles when requesting tiles from the Mapbox Raster Tiles API. It is also used to render maps within Mapbox Studio Classic.


Mapbox Studio Classic, which uses classic styles, is no longer in active development. To learn more about our newer mapping tools see Mapbox Studio styles.

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