Leaflet vs Mapbox

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Leaflet vs Mapbox: What are the differences?

What is 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.

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.

Leaflet and Mapbox belong to "Mapping APIs" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Leaflet are:

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

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

  • 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.

"Light weight" is the primary reason why developers consider Leaflet over the competitors, whereas "Best mapping service outside of Google Maps" was stated as the key factor in picking Mapbox.

Leaflet is an open source tool with 25.2K GitHub stars and 4.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Leaflet'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 Leaflet, which is listed in 75 company stacks and 36 developer stacks.

Advice on Leaflet and Mapbox

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 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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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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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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Its open source and we use it.

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Pros of Leaflet
Pros of Mapbox
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    Light weight
  • 24
    Free
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    Evolutive via plugins
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    OpenStreetMap
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    Strong community
  • 6
    Choice of map providers
  • 6
    Easy API
  • 3
    Alternative to Google Maps
  • 27
    Best mapping service outside of Google Maps
  • 21
    OpenStreetMap
  • 15
    Beautifully vectorable
  • 11
    Fluid user experience
  • 7
    Extensible
  • 7
    React/ RNative integration
  • 5
    3D Layers
  • 4
    Affordable
  • 4
    Low Level API
  • 3
    Great customer support
  • 3
    Custom themes
  • 2
    High data volume rendering

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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.

What is Mapbox?

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

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OpenLayers
An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
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.
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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D3.js
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