Open Source

Mapbox proudly embraces our open-source roots. We work in the open and release as much code as possible. Right now we have more than 660 public repositories on GitHub, most licensed under BSD. We do this because we believe that it's the right thing for people, technology, and business.

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Software and developer tools

Our focus for releasing software as open source is on reusable, general-purpose parts. In many cases, this means modules rather than applications. We distribute these modules for other developers to use on websites like npm and PyPI.


Open data is a core part of our platform. Large sources include OpenStreetMap, USGS, Landsat, Natural Earth, and OpenAddresses. We contribute to these sources, participate in their communities, and invest in tools that help improve them.

We also work extensively with proprietary sets of data that we buy: we legally can't open these. Nor do we release heavily processed data. Processing data and delivering the final products has obvious and real costs: server infrastructure and bandwidth, as well as labor. Our ability to distill meaning out of raw material is a core part of our product.

The illustrated guide to getting started with OpenStreetMap

Quality analysis for OpenStreetMap with OSM QA Tiles


Standards make modern software possible by connecting modular parts into systems. Open formats are the groundwork of open data. Mapbox is built on open standards: we adopt existing specs like GeoJSON and author new standards for new purposes, like MBTiles and GL Style Spec. We release them under permissive licenses that enable everyone to freely implement them in products and software, and to improve upon them.

Code of Conduct

Everyone is invited to participate in Mapbox's open source projects and public discussions: we want to create a welcoming and friendly environment. Harassment of participants or other unethical and unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated in our spaces.

The Contributor Covenant applies to all projects under the Mapbox organization whether they explicitly include the Contributor Covenant's or not.

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