MBTiles is a file format for storing tilesets. It's designed to allow you to package up many files into a single tileset. For example,
mapbox.mapbox-streets-v8 is a single tileset that contains administrative boundaries, road networks, POIs, and other kinds of geospatial information from many different data sources.
MBTiles is an open specification based on the SQLite database. MBTiles can contain raster or vector tilesets. You can upload MBTiles files directly to Mapbox Studio or use them directly in a web or mobile application.
- MBTiles specification
- Studio Manual geospatial data page: transfer limits for uploading MBTiles files as tilesets
- Example MBTiles file: