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Mapbox vs OpenStreetMap: What are the differences?

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; OpenStreetMap: The free editable map of the whole world. 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.

Mapbox and OpenStreetMap can be categorized as "Mapping APIs" tools.

Some of the features offered by Mapbox are:

  • Develop mobile and web applications with Mapbox.js, our open-source JavaScript library.
  • 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, OpenStreetMap provides the following key features:

  • Local Knowledge
  • Community Driven
  • Open Data

"Best mapping service outside of Google Maps" is the top reason why over 19 developers like Mapbox, while over 9 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing OpenStreetMap.

According to the StackShare community, Mapbox has a broader approval, being mentioned in 83 company stacks & 28 developers stacks; compared to OpenStreetMap, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 15 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 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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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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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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Its open source and we use it.

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

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Pros of Mapbox
Pros of OpenStreetMap
  • 27
    Best mapping service outside of Google Maps
  • 21
    OpenStreetMap
  • 15
    Beautifully vectorable
  • 11
    Fluid user experience
  • 7
    React/ RNative integration
  • 7
    Extensible
  • 5
    3D Layers
  • 4
    Low Level API
  • 4
    Affordable
  • 3
    Great customer support
  • 3
    Custom themes
  • 2
    High data volume rendering
  • 20
    Simple
  • 16
    Free
  • 9
    Open-Source
  • 7
    Open-Data
  • 1
    React/ RNative integration

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What is Mapbox?

We make it possible to pin travel spots on Pinterest, find restaurants on Foursquare, and visualize data on GitHub.

What is 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.

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