Google Maps vs Leaflet

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Google Maps vs Leaflet: What are the differences?

Google Maps: Build highly customisable maps with your own content and imagery. Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow; Leaflet: JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. Leaflet is an open source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin of MapBox with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 30 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps.

Google Maps and Leaflet can be categorized as "Mapping APIs" tools.

Some of the features offered by Google Maps are:

  • Maps Image APIs
  • Places API
  • Web Services

On the other hand, Leaflet provides the following key features:

  • Tile layers
  • Drag panning with inertia
  • Scroll wheel zoom

"Free" is the top reason why over 239 developers like Google Maps, while over 22 developers mention "Light weight" as the leading cause for choosing Leaflet.

Leaflet is an open source tool with 25.1K GitHub stars and 4.09K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Leaflet's open source repository on GitHub.

Lyft, PedidosYa, and Movielala are some of the popular companies that use Google Maps, whereas Leaflet is used by Foursquare, DNT, and Arabiaweather Inc.. Google Maps has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1964 company stacks & 1074 developers stacks; compared to Leaflet, which is listed in 73 company stacks and 35 developer stacks.

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  1. I would like to input a spreadsheet with names and associated addresses into a map program to; pinpoint all of the locations on a map. How can I do that? On which map? Are there field size limitations? All help would be appreciated.

  2. There is a subdivision that is about one(1) mile by 3/4 mile in size. Is there a map program that would create the most efficient way to drive all of the streets in the subdivision without a lot of doubling back?

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You could use a low-code platform to read the spreadsheet and use them as input for the pin pointing. The most expert provider would HERE or TomTom for the best routing algoritmes. Input parameters would be dependent on the chosen provider.

I see your stack is mostly Google and I am not familiar with that. But we have implemented this through the M365 Teams/SharePoint, Excell, MS PowerPlatform, our WMS and Azure.

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From a StackShare Community member: "We're a team of two starting to write a mobile app. The app will heavily rely on maps and this is where my partner and I are not seeing eye-to-eye. I would like to go with an open source solution like OpenStreetMap that is used by Apple & Foursquare. He would like to go with Google Maps since more apps use it and has better support (according to him). Mapbox is also an option but I don’t know much about it."

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Blair Gemmer
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Google MapsGoogle Maps

Google Maps is best because it is practically free (they give you $300 in free credits per month and it's really hard to go over the free tier unless you really mean business) and it's the best!

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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

I use OpenStreetMap because that has a strong community. It takes some time to catch up with Google Maps, but OpenStreetMap will become great solution.

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MapboxMapbox

I use Mapbox because We need 3D maps and navigation, it has a great plugin for React and React Native which we use. Also the Mapbox Geocoder is great.

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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

Its open source and we use it.

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Fabio Fraga Machado
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I use OpenStreetMap because i have the control of the environment, using Docker containers or bare-metal servers.

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Shuuji TAKAHASHI
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I use Google Maps because it has a lot of great features such as Google's rich APIs, geolocation functions, navigation search feature, street map view, auto-generated 3D city map.

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Pros of Google Maps
Pros of Leaflet
  • 252
    Free
  • 136
    Address input through maps api
  • 81
    Sharable Directions
  • 47
    Google Earth
  • 45
    Unique
  • 3
    Custom maps designing
  • 31
    Light weight
  • 24
    Free
  • 12
    Evolutive via plugins
  • 10
    OpenStreetMap
  • 9
    Strong community
  • 6
    Choice of map providers
  • 6
    Easy API
  • 3
    Alternative to Google Maps

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Cons of Google Maps
Cons of Leaflet
  • 3
    Google Attributions and logo
  • 1
    Only map allowed alongside google place autocomplete
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    What is Google Maps?

    Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.

    What is Leaflet?

    Leaflet is an open source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin of MapBox with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 30 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps.

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    OpenStreetMap
    OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
    TomTom
    It is the leading independent location technology specialist, shaping mobility with highly accurate maps, navigation, real-time traffic info and services.
    OpenLayers
    An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
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