mapping VS mapbox-gl-js

Compare mapping vs mapbox-gl-js and see what are their differences.


OpenStreetMap contributions from the data team at Mapbox (by mapbox)


Interactive, thoroughly customizable maps in the browser, powered by vector tiles and WebGL (by mapbox)
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mapping mapbox-gl-js
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233 9,891
-0.4% 0.8%
0.0 9.6
about 2 months ago 6 days ago
JavaScript JavaScript
- GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of mapping. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-02-19.


Posts with mentions or reviews of mapbox-gl-js. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-10-06.
  • Getting Started with MapLibre GL JS
    5 projects | | 6 Oct 2022
    It originated as an open-source fork of Mapbox-gl-js before they switched to a non-open-source license on 8th December 2020.
  • Reimagining projections for the interactive maps era
    2 projects | | 13 Dec 2021
    > too bad it doesn't come with some code

    Mapbox changed the license of their code last year I think to a proprietary one.

    It requires a mapbox user license with billing enabled to use this code, let alone make modifications. But the source is viewable on github.

  • MapLibre GL is a free and open-source fork of mapbox-gl-JS
    6 projects | | 2 Apr 2021

    > Mapbox gl-js version 2.0 or higher (“Mapbox Web SDK”) must be used according to the Mapbox Terms of Service. This license allows developers with a current active Mapbox account to use and modify the Mapbox Web SDK. Developers may modify the Mapbox Web SDK code so long as the modifications do not change or interfere with marked portions of the code related to billing, accounting, and anonymized data collection. The Mapbox Web SDK only sends anonymized usage data, which Mapbox uses for fixing bugs and errors, accounting, and generating aggregated anonymized statistics. This license terminates automatically if a user no longer has an active Mapbox account.

    Seems their client code does some things related to "billing, accounting, and anonymized data collection" and they don't want programmers to disable or modify that code.

    Is that right? Anyone who has followed this have more information? I haven't used mapbox in a few years but I think it's great technology.

    6 projects | | 2 Apr 2021
    The software stopped being open source from v2 onwards. The new licence makes it merely shared source.

    This GitHub issue where this change is announced provides a number of more in-depth explanations why this is a bad thing for most users of the software:

  • Ask HN: What Are You Working On?
    100 projects | | 14 Jan 2021
    It's a bummer mapbox isn't open source anymore, now you're (and lots of other peoplare) are stuck pre-2.0.0 :(

  • Top Javascript Maps API and Libraries
    9 projects | | 6 Sep 2020
    Web-site: GitHub stars: 6.1k, Pricing: Free, starts from $2.40 for 1000 loads Map Data Source: Mapbox Dependencies: None License: Mapbox copyright Category: Web Application Examples:

What are some alternatives?

When comparing mapping and mapbox-gl-js you can also consider the following projects:

maplibre-gl-js - MapLibre GL JS - Interactive vector tile maps in WebGL2

cesium - An open-source JavaScript library for world-class 3D globes and maps :earth_americas: [Moved to:]

ffprobe-wasm - A Web-based FFProbe. Powered by FFmpeg, Vue and Web Assembly!

h3 - Hexagonal hierarchical geospatial indexing system

tangram - WebGL map rendering engine for creative cartography

electron-browser-shell - A minimal, tabbed web browser with support for Chrome extensions—built on Electron.

martin - Blazing fast and lightweight PostGIS, MBtiles and PMtiles tile server

OpenLayers3 - OpenLayers

maplibre-native - MapLibre Native - Interactive vector tile maps for iOS, Android and other platforms.

maps - A Mapbox react native module for creating custom maps

rust-starter - Rust Starter Project

pg-mem - An in memory postgres DB instance for your unit tests