Basemaps

Raster and Vector basemaps to make your application shine

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Basemaps

Basemaps for everybody

Designed for data visualization, so that overlaying data looks amazing, these basemaps provide optimum results. Custom basemaps are available using standard XYZ map tile URLs (raster) with retina support or as vector maps (GL).

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    Data updates

    Continuous data updates based on open data sources like OpenStreetMap.

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    Designed for data

    Your data will always fit over these basemaps. Use Tangram Play or work with us to design your basemaps or further customize them.

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    Scalable and performative

    All maps are cached through a global CDN with more than 30 POPs providing accurate maps.

How to use our basemaps

We offer raster basemaps and vector basemaps together with Mapzen. For new applications where WebGL can be used we recommend using Vector basemaps with Tangram, for all the rest using the raster basemaps with simple XYZ URLs is the easiest.

Retina support for raster basemaps

Basemaps can be requested in 2x resolution for Retina displays when using raster. When using vector layers they are always resolution perfect. To do so attach @2x to the end of the {y} parameter like shown here:

var retina = 'http[s]://cartobase-{s}.global.ssl.fastly.net/{style}/{z}/{x}/{y}@2x.png'

Styles of basemaps

When using raster basemaps we have a set of precreated styles, Dark Matter and Positron and we can work with you on a custom design. When using Vector there are a few styles pre-created available but you can change them dynamically and they don’t need to be pregenerated.

Checkout the Tangram documentation or contact us about styling basemaps in vector.

For raster basemaps the parameter to look at is {style} on the URL. {style} defines the style layer to use from the ones available or created specifically for you. Possible values are:

light_all,
dark_all,
light_nolabels,
light_only_labels,
dark_nolabels,
dark_only_labels

How to use them

For raster basemaps you can make use of them directly without an API KEY. For vector basemaps you will need to get an API Key from Mapzen to start using them. Remember that to use the basemaps you need to ensure you provide proper credit and that in some cases you will need a commercial API KEY to use them.

Commercial API key

Our commercial offering extends the capabilities of the free service with enterprise capabilities. Additionally you will need a commercial API KEY in case of:

  1. The basemap is used inside an application or website that requires payment, is private or is used for asset-tracking.
  2. You require a Service Level Agreement on the basemap service. We do not provide any SLA’s on our free offering.
  3. You require more than 75,000 mapviews per month, which is the limit for our free service.
  4. You require a custom map design. On our free service we provide 2 map designs, Dark Matter and Positron for raster.

When you get a commercial license you will get an api_key to attach to your tile requests. Our commercial basemap service starts at $600/year for non asset tracking applications. Contact us to get a quote and discuss different possibilities.

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