Updated on July 30, 2020


Created on September 10, 2017


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Mapbox is an online mapping platform designed for interaction with mobile and web applications

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Product Description

Mapbox offers a set of tools aimed at map integration in an application or website. Mapbox provides custom online maps, as well as an open API and its documentation.

Market Suggested Retail Price


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Mapbox, Ushahidi, Catholic Charities, The World Bank, United Nations Development Program

Manufacturing/Building Method

Software development

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

There are several options, starting at a free use license. Full list of services provided can be found here

Distributions to Date Status

Mapbox is used by 150,000 active developers each month, taking part in more than 45,000 apps, and reaching over 600 million active users.

Design Specifications

Mapbox provides a detailed overview of how to interact with map data SDKs and their APIs. It also allows the possibility of integrating visualizations into the maps, providing customization of maps with data sets that organizations collect. Mapbox is active in the Open Street Map and Humanitarian Open Street Map development communities.

Technical Support

Support is provided by Mapbox as a part of the subscription.

Replacement Components



Major update releases every 1-2 years.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

To enable developers to focus on application design by providing technical solutions to map and location integration such as SDK and APIs. More specifically to humanitarian response, Mapbox is committed to providing the data, imagery and services to help support disaster response.

Vetted Performance Status

UNDP has used Mapbox to track over 4,000 projects in 151 countries, in 2020. On the other hand, Mapbox reports that, every month, over 150,000 developers integrate Mapbox's services with their projects.



Complementary Technical Systems

Mobile data collection applications

Academic Research and References

Eriksson, O., Rydkvist, E., 2015, An in-depth analysis of dynamically rendered vector-based maps with WebGL using Mapbox GL JS (Dissertation)

Cadenas, C., 2014, Geovisualization: Integration and Visualization of Multiple Datasets Using Mapbox, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

Austin, D., Bailey, H., Christopher, J., 2017, Adding Vector Data to Mapbox Studio, GIS and Mapping Task Sheets

Compliance with regulations

According to their Terms of Service Mapbox is in compliance with all local laws and regulations

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