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Leaflet vs OpenStreetMap: What are the differences?

Developers describe Leaflet as "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. On the other hand, OpenStreetMap is detailed as "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.

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

Some of the features offered by Leaflet are:

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

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

  • Local Knowledge
  • Community Driven
  • Open Data

"Light weight" is the primary reason why developers consider Leaflet over the competitors, whereas "Simple" was stated as the key factor in picking OpenStreetMap.

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.

Foursquare, DNT, and Arabiaweather Inc. are some of the popular companies that use Leaflet, whereas OpenStreetMap is used by Foursquare, Apple, and MapLarge. Leaflet has a broader approval, being mentioned in 73 company stacks & 35 developers stacks; compared to OpenStreetMap, which is listed in 37 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.

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

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      Praveen Pavithran uses OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

      Alternative to Google Maps.

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      Massimo Floris uses OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

      Base background map

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      Sail Tactics uses LeafletLeaflet

      Mapping frontend

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      Solcast uses LeafletLeaflet

      Map displays

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