Frequently Asked Questions

Human answers for human questions.

What formats do you offer?

We offer both raster (PNG) and vector (PBF) tiles, as well as static map (PNG) generation. Our tiles can be used with all of your favorite open source libraries, including Leaflet or OpenLayers for raster tiles, and MapLibre GL JS for vector.

What’s a map view?

One map view is equal to 16 tile requests, or one static map request. Why 16? Most companies doing tile based serving use a similar number. We opted to go with a square rather than a round-sounding number, and a 4x4 grid is a reasonably average map size.

What are basemaps?

Basemaps are the layer of "normal" things you’d expect to see on a map like water, country borders, cities, points of interest, etc. They are called basemaps because they are the "base" that provides context for the markers and overlays you add on top.

Do you support custom themes?

Yes, we do! Vector maps can be restyled of the box on any of our plans using a suite of open-source tools to make a theme that fits your needs perfectly. Custom raster themes are available with a custom package. Contact us for more details.

Is Mapbox GL JS free?

Mapbox GL JS v2 is no longer free open source software and requires an active commercial license and subscription agreement with Mapbox. However, v1.x is still free and open and you can continue using this but you won’t receive any updates or bug fixes. Stadia Maps is a founding member of the community-driven, fully-open and free fork of Mapbox GL, the MapLibre project.

I have multiple domains. Do I need more than one subscription?

Generally, yes. However, if your product is deployed across multiple domains (e.g., for localization or as a single white-labeled service) contact us, and we may be able to grant a exception.

What’s a static map?

A static map is an image that you can generate using a simple URL. These are great for quickly embedding a non-interactive map, optionally with markers at various locations. If you just want to throw a quick map with some pins into an image tag, static maps will do the job!

Do you have documentation?

Yes, we're glad you asked! We have full documentation over at

Do you have more questions?

If you aren't sure if Stadia Maps is right for you, or if you have questions that our homepage and documentation didn't answer, send us an email at We'd be delighted to answer any of your questions.