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What is Mapbox?

Mapbox is the location data platform for developers building custom geospatial features into mobile, web, and on-premise applications.

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Product Demos

Django Mapbox demo


Extended ARKit Demo + Live GPS Tracking + Mapbox


DEMO Unity+Mapbox


Flyover shooter made with Mapbox Maps SDK for Unity


[Webinar] "Make an interactive storytelling map" Lunchbox livestream


ARKit Demo using ARKit, Mapbox, Unity and the Future of Vehicle Telemetry Visualisation

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Product Details

What is Mapbox?

Mapbox is a live location platform boasting users among over 4 million developers. Mapbox provides precise location data and developer tools that equip any business to add geospatial features to their applications and enhance operations with location intelligence. Customers span automotive, logistics, business intelligence, retail, travel, data visualization, consumer apps, weather, IoT, and geospatial analysis.

With map rendering technology for web and mobile, Mapbox aims to provide performant, customizable, reliable, and scalable location services for developers, companies, and business leaders. Mapbox services include global map data, real-time traffic, geocoding and address search, and routing and directions for navigation. Build with Mapbox via APIs, code libraries, SDKs, and comprehensive developer documentation. Designed for businesses of all sizes, Mapbox is free to start building with and pricing based on monthly usage, no upfront licenses or contracts required.

Mapbox is a global team of 700+ with offices in Washington D.C., Helsinki, and Tokyo. Mapbox was founded in 2010.

Mapbox Features

  • Supported: Mapbox Maps - GL JS library for web + supporting APIs
  • Supported: Mapbox Maps - Maps SDK for Android and iOS
  • Supported: Mapbox Navigation SDK for Android and iOS
  • Supported: Mapbox Navigation APIs (Directions, Isochrones, Matrix, Optimization, Map-matching)
  • Supported: Mapbox Search (Geocoding, Address Autofill, Place name search)
  • Supported: Mapbox Data (Boundaries, Movement, Traffic)
  • Supported: Mapbox Studio - browser-based interface for map styling and customization
  • Supported: Mapbox Tiling Service (data hosting)
  • Supported: Mapbox Automotive (Mapbox for EV, Mapbox Dash, ADAS SDK)

Mapbox Screenshots

Screenshot of Customized maps and location experiences can be developed for any application, across platforms.Screenshot of Unique maps can be designed to match a brand and engage its audiences.Screenshot of Mapbox for EV and other Mapbox Automotive products are used to build tailored navigation experiences both in-vehicle and in companion apps for drivers.Screenshot of Mapbox Search products support address search and address forms for website and applications.Screenshot of Mapbox Navigation products serve every stage of business logistics, fleet managers, and delivery companies.Screenshot of With Mapbox Globe view, interactive maps can be presented.Screenshot of Mapbox Studio is used to create unique data visualizations and custom data layers for maps.Screenshot of A customized store locator can be built to help customers find locations.Screenshot of Customized navigation features, including turn-by-turn directions, for mobile applications.Screenshot of Mapbox Navigation features help to keep drivers on track, on time, and safe.Screenshot of Mapbox 3D Live styles offers interactive map design.Screenshot of After creating a map, it’s available to style in Studio and available for use with Mapbox GL JS for web maps, Mapbox SDKs for mobile applications, and other Mapbox APIs.

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Mapbox Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesArabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenien, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Frequently Asked Questions

Mapbox is the location data platform for developers building custom geospatial features into mobile, web, and on-premise applications.

Mapbox starts at $0.

Google Maps API, ArcGIS, and CARTO are common alternatives for Mapbox.

The most common users of Mapbox are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).

Mapbox Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)20%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)40%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)30%
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TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Users rely on Mapbox's powerful APIs and visually appealing maps to enhance the functionality of their applications. With Mapbox, users can enable routing, directions, traffic, and other functionalities. This makes it a popular choice for a wide range of users, from students using it for personal class projects to instructors using it for reviewing purposes. It provides a good alternative to standard maps like Google or Bing, allowing for customization and branding. The ease of implementation and deployment make Mapbox a go-to choice for efficient visualization of large datasets and data visualization in industries such as oil and gas. Additionally, Mapbox's ecosystem, including Datasets, Tilesets, and Mapbox Styles, enables users to share interactive visualizations of large geospatial datasets with ease. With its support for globe and 3D projections, Mapbox is also preferred by geospatially focused companies. Overall, Mapbox offers a versatile solution for various use cases including custom maps for web and Tableau, SDK research and integration, and seamless visualization of complex datasets.

Great Documentation: Many reviewers have praised Mapbox for its great documentation, which makes it easy for users to implement their services, APIs, and products. They appreciate the clear instructions and worked examples that make it easy even for beginners to get started.

Easy Customization Options: Several users have highlighted the customization options offered by Mapbox. They find it convenient to handle colors, fonts, and style information all in one place. The Carto-CSS implementation is particularly impressive for visual customization, allowing users to create stunning map styles.

Seamless Integrations: Numerous reviewers have mentioned the seamless integrations provided by Mapbox. They appreciate the integration with Tableau for data visualization and find it easy to develop applications for Android, iOS, or the web. These integrations enhance their overall experience with Mapbox and allow them to seamlessly incorporate maps into their existing workflows.

Downtime Issues: Some users have reported experiencing occasional downtime with Mapbox services, although it has not significantly impacted their overall usage. While this issue hasn't affected a large number of users, it is still worth noting. Limited Customization Options: Several reviewers have mentioned that there are limited customization options available for maps on platforms such as iOS and Android. This can require some trial and error to achieve the desired results, which may be time-consuming for users. Storage Limitations for Free Users: A few users have expressed dissatisfaction with the storage limitations for free users of Mapbox Studio. They suggest that having a slightly higher storage limit would be beneficial, especially for students who may need more space for their projects. It's important to consider the needs of different user groups when setting storage limits.

Users have provided several recommendations for Mapbox based on their experiences. The most common recommendations are as follows:

Take your time to learn Mapbox. Learning Mapbox may take some time, but it becomes easier with practice and familiarity. By investing the necessary time to understand the platform, users can effectively utilize its features and capabilities.

Use Mapbox for live maps and traffic updates. Many users recommend using Mapbox for creating live maps and integrating live traffic updates. This functionality allows for real-time tracking and visualization of data, enhancing the user experience.

Consider a trial period before committing. Users suggest that it is beneficial to test out Mapbox through a trial period before making a decision. This allows users to gradually explore its features, understand its geocoder capabilities, and ensure adequate browser support for their specific needs.

Overall, users appreciate Mapbox for its ability to create geographical or geological products such as AR, Games, and data visualization. They also commend the platform's excellent support and services in the non-profit and humanitarian sector, as well as its recognition of funding limitations for many organizations. While some users mention a steep learning curve for customization, they still find Mapbox great and easy to use for simple mapping projects.


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Jennings Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The entire mapbox eco-system, from Datasets and Tilesets to Mapbox Styles, is unmatched technology to easily share interactive visualizations of large geospatial datasets. Specifically, we use Mapbox GL-JS and Mapbox Tilesets to drive the map at <a title="Link:" rel="nofollow,noopener" target="_blank" href=""></a> to visualize edits made to OpenStreetMap by YouthMappers. We choose mapbox-gl-js because of the support for the both globe and 3d projections.
  • Solid User Experience
  • Documentation and Examples
  • Documentation & Examples. What is documented is great — but more examples would be welcome!
The Mapbox eco-system is fantastic for medium-to-large datasets. I am continually impressed by the amount of data that I can cram into a vector tile and then efficiently style with data-driven rules, and still create an incredibly performant map.
April 28, 2022

Happy Mapbox user!

Jeff Chambers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Mapbox as our map visualization tool to show all the oil and gas well locations, as well as land grid information for the US Upstream oil and gas industry.
  • Amazing data processing into tiles.
  • Dynamic layer control based on zoom level.
  • Easy to use interface to design beautiful maps.
  • I'm not a huge GIS nerd, so for what we are doing it is pretty solid.
  • The pricing model is a bit confusing, but the product is fantastic.
Like all the map products it works well if you have less than 100M data points - once you get over that number things get tricky and you have to make some tradeoffs on granularity and data density.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Mapbox's APIs and maps to run most of our service. They have a wide selection of powerful APIs to enable routing, directions, traffic, and many other usage points. Without Mapbox, we would have to either re-survey maps on our own or re-build a large portion of APIs to work on top of open-source maps, like OpenStreetMap. In addition, they have beautiful maps that our users view on our front-end applications that are also really easy to build functionality on top of.
  • Great documentation! Most of the services, APIs, and products provided by Mapbox are very easy to implement. Sometimes as little as two lines of code need to be added.
  • Great pricing to try out their services - it's very rare to pass their free tier of service in the alpha or beta testing stages.
  • Provides some services that aren't provided at any other mapping or geography API/service company, like the Mapbox Navigation SDK.
  • Some services, like routing, can be *very* expensive in production. A company can potentially spend thousands of dollars on routing calculations (API calls), and at that point, you should probably consider moving your routing engine/calculations to an on-premise server (self-hosted service).
  • There is downtime. I periodically receive notifications of some of Mapbox's services being down. They have never affected us or our users, but I'm not so sure about other companies.
  • Limited customization of maps on some platforms. On platforms like iOS and Android, it takes some long experimenting sometimes to get the maps to display and behave in the way your product exactly needs them to.
For services that require maps and basic geo-functionality in production, Mapbox is one of the greatest choices out there. They're free, provide much more refined/modern productions compared to Google maps, and have very good support on different platforms. For services that require higher-computation products, like matrix routing, optimization, etc..., the prices can get quite high very quickly, and you should consider moving those services to an on-premise server at that point.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Working at a geospatially focused company we have found a lot of ways to use Mapbox. From custom maps for use on the web or on Tableau to building out visuals to SDK research and integration. Mapbox helps us mainly on the data visualization side of things and allows us to visualize large data sets efficiently.
  • Documentation is clean, easy to read, and very well organized which makes it easy to get going or learn something new
  • The online user interface makes it quick and easy to edit maps, upload new datasets, view analytics, or get API keys
  • Great integrations with Tableau and easy to develop for Android, iOS, or Web
  • Can sometimes struggle to load very large datasets but this is understandable
  • Learning how to design maps is a bit of a learning curve
Mapbox is great if you have a BI or Data Visualization problem while working with either large datasets or you want a high level of control on the design of your geospatial data. Also fantastic options for integrating maps onto your website or into your Android or iOS app. Basically, if you need a map in any shape, way, or form and you want a lot of detailed control over it, Mapbox is the way to go.
John Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Mapbox on and off in terms of creating custom maps when required. It provides a good alternative for the stock standard Google or Bing maps and allows for customization as well as branding towards specific company requirements. We have a lot of data that can be visualized using geographic methods, and we don't do enough of this.
  • One place to handle colors, fonts and style information.
  • Easy to use dataset interface and editor.
  • Immediate previews of the map style generated.
  • The product is not always that easy to use, aimed at professionals understanding colors and palettes etc.
  • Being a full cloud product it can be complicated working with the interface when your connectivity is not great.
  • Tutorials and samples could be more visual and could cover more ideas on how to use Mapbox.
If you have to create specific maps that cater for very specific style, color, font and similar layout requirements this is a useful tool. The opportunity to import your dataset from latitude and longitude information, see those on your created map, and add or edit the data set including attributes is a great plus.
Firaz Peer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a student, I used Mapbox as part of a personal class project. In my role as an instructor, I reviewed Mapbox for students in a Visual Design class.
  • Excellent documentation and worked examples makes it easy for newbies to get started.
  • Works well across web or mobile platforms.
  • Clean looking default map styles make your designs look professional.
  • Since it is built on top of Leaflet.js, it is easily extensible. So any feature or function that is not available within the Mapbox.js API can be imported from other API's.
  • Storage space for free users of Mapbox Studio is very limited. Having a slightly higher storage limit for students might be helpful.
Beginners can start making simple maps very quickly. Mapbox Studio makes getting started very easy.

For complicated maps, one should consider the cost of hosting it on the Mapbox server. Using the API might make more sense in that case, but it requires learning how to code with Javascript.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Mapbox is easy to customize and offers breath-taking cartographic tools that augment any data visualization. It is easy to implement and deploy!
  • Carto-CSS implementation
  • Stunning visual customization
  • Easy-to-generate custom basemaps that integrates well with other web-map APIs
  • Better options for very small business
  • Offline access
  • Geoprocessing capability
Essential for dynamic web-maps and visualizations; less appropriate for maps requiring custom dynamically served background tiles.
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