Updated on June 13, 2024


Created on September 10, 2017


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

Developed By
  1. Mapbox
Tested By
  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
  • UNDP
Content Partners


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.

Target SDGs

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies, NGOs

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.

Geocoding supported (Y/N)



Maps, charts, heat maps, layers


Resource and project management, disaster response, impact evaluations, market research, disease mapping, app development

Type of data collected

Text, numbers, multimedia (photos, video, audio, etc), location

Data acquisition methods

Mobile app data collection, crowd sourced data, remote sensing, government census data

Open source code (Y/N)


Open source data (Y /N/ Other)

The majority of Mapbox’s data is publicly available, but they do work with proprietary data sets that they cannot publish

Data import/export formats

Mapbox supports CSV, GeoJSON, MBTiles, KML, GPX, Shapefile, and GeoTiff

Telecommunication service required (Y/N)

Mobile or landline internet

Device(s) required

Smartphone, feature phone, computer, or tablet

Languages available (list)

Languages available: English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, and Arabic

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.

Product Schematics

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

“Mapbox.” n.d. Mapbox.Com. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.mapbox.com/

“Mapbox Pricing.” n.d. Mapbox.Com. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.mapbox.com/pricing

“Google Maps.” n.d. Google Maps. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://maps.google.com/

“Bing Maps.” n.d. Bing Maps. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.bing.com/maps

“Maps.” n.d. Apple. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.apple.com/maps/

“Goal 16.” n.d. Sdgs.Un.Org. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal16

“Upload Data To.” n.d. Mapbox. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://docs.mapbox.com/help/troubleshooting/uploads/

“Change Your Map’s Label Language.” n.d. Mapbox. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://docs.mapbox.com/help/troubleshooting/change-language/

“Getting Started.” n.d. Mapbox. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://docs.mapbox.com/help/getting-started/

“Data Visualization.” n.d. Mapbox.Com. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.mapbox.com/use-cases/data-visualization

“Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.” n.d. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.hotosm.org/

“Support Services: Resources & Pricing Plans.” n.d. Mapbox.Com. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.mapbox.com/support

“Community.” n.d. Mapbox.Com. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.mapbox.com/community

“UNDP Transparency Portal.” n.d. UNDP Transparency Portal. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://open.undp.org/#2017 

“Filling the Gaps: MapGive Imagery Services Enhance Humanitarian Mapping.” n.d. ReliefWeb. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://reliefweb.int/report/world/filling-gaps-mapgive-imagery-services-enhance-humanitarian-mapping

“UNDP and Grandata Join Forces in a Tool for Addressing Public Policy Decision Supported on Data.” n.d. UNDP. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.latinamerica.undp.org/content/rblac/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2020/undp-and-grandata-join-forces-in-a-tool-for-addressing-public-po.html

“Legal Information about Terms of Service.” n.d. Mapbox.Com. Accessed June 13, 2024. https://www.mapbox.com/legal/tos

Compliance with regulations

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

Evaluation methods

Integration of Mapbox’s services in multiple platforms (applications/websites)

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