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 MapBox 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.

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 an infrequently asked question?

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.