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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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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    Mapbox
    We make it possible to pin travel spots on Pinterest, find restaurants on Foursquare, and visualize data on GitHub.
    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.
    OpenLayers
    An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
    Java Persistence API
    It is a Java application programming interface specification that describes the management of relational data in applications using Java Platform, Standard Edition and Java Platform, Enterprise Edition.It provides a POJO persistence model for object-relational mapping.
    CARTO
    The CARTO platform empowers everyone, from business analysts to data scientists, to turn location data into business outcomes. We accelerate innovation, power new use cases and disrupt business models through Location Intelligence.
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        Rajeshkumar T uses Google MapsGoogle Maps
        • Its used for restaurant Geo location and find the nearest restaurant listing.

        • Find the customer location and delivery agent location tracking.

        • Calculate the distance between restaurant and customer location.

        Avatar of Youpooly Corp.
        Youpooly Corp. uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

        We need to integrate maps in mobile Apps and Web frontend to show where an event is taking place. Maps is best because of it's international availability and the google api with a feature to recursive search.

        Avatar of benyomin
        benyomin uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

        Location, location, location. Choropleths are hot for a reason. When dealing with geography and housing why stop at bar charts, the map really makes my data quickly comprehensible to humans.

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        papaver uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

        used the google maps api on several projects. been an avid user for quite a while. used it all around the world to navigate through public transport and through cities.

        Avatar of Srinivas Adireddi
        Srinivas Adireddi uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

        1) it's very easy to use. 2) shows satellite image, Google earth and many other features like traffic, terrain, etc. 3) Is very useful for driving etc.

        Avatar of Mark Walle
        Mark Walle uses LeafletLeaflet

        Renders the full page map, using the area components provided as GeoJSON objects via the RDS PostGIS instance.

        Avatar of Sail Tactics
        Sail Tactics uses LeafletLeaflet

        Mapping frontend

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        Solcast uses LeafletLeaflet

        Map displays

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