Mapbox vs OpenLayers: What are the differences?
What is Mapbox? Design and publish beautiful maps. We make it possible to pin travel spots on Pinterest, find restaurants on Foursquare, and visualize data on GitHub.
Mapbox and OpenLayers belong to "Mapping APIs" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Mapbox are:
- Build native applications on iOS with the Mapbox iOS SDK or on iOS and OS X with MBXMapKit.
- Build native applications for Android. Use Mapbox, OpenStreetMap, and other tile sources in your app, as well as overlays like GeoJSON data and interactive tooltips.
On the other hand, OpenLayers provides the following key features:
- Tiled Layers - Pull tiles from OSM, Bing, MapBox, Stamen, MapQuest, and any other XYZ source you can find. OGC mapping services and untiled layers also supported.
- Fast & Mobile Ready - Mobile support out of the box. Build lightweight custom profiles with just the components you need.
- Vector Layers - Render vector data from GeoJSON, TopoJSON, KML, GML, and a growing number of other formats.
"Best mapping service outside of Google Maps" is the primary reason why developers consider Mapbox over the competitors, whereas "Flexibility" was stated as the key factor in picking OpenLayers.
OpenLayers is an open source tool with 5.17K GitHub stars and 1.97K GitHub forks. Here's a link to OpenLayers's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Mapbox has a broader approval, being mentioned in 83 company stacks & 28 developers stacks; compared to OpenLayers, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.