Knowledge Base: Getting started

  • Simple vector tiles generating

    Vector tiles generating is available in MapTiler Desktop starting with the version 10.0. It works in all editions including Free edition.

    Rendering of vector tiles is easy. Open MapTiler Desktop, choose Standard Tiles or just drag & drop your data in Shapefile, GPX, PBF, DWG, GeoJSON, KML or any other supported format. You can get sample data here.

    If you clicked on Standard Tiles, then drag & drop the image inside of MapTiler Desktop or select your data via a file browser.

    Most of the time everything is set automatically in this phase and all you have to do is clicking on

  • Overlay an image over a map

    Creating own map by overlaying an image over an online map is extremely easy with MapTiler Desktop. First, open the MapTiler and choose Standard Tiles or simply drag & drop an image: aerial photo, a drawing made in GIS, Photoshop, AutoCAD, a picture of an old map or any other image. If you clicked on Standard Tiles, then drag & drop the image inside of MapTiler Desktop or select your image with a file browser. Confirm suggested Coordinate system or select the one which best fits your needs and in the next step click on the Assign location visually button to give your map the right position. Assign control

  • User interface

    For most use cases, the Standard tiles are optimal. If you need to Render tiles for Google Earth or Garmin devices, or create zoomable images without any geographical location, choose other options Drag & Drop the source image inside, or click on Open File Every image needs to define a coordinate system. For most cases, use the suggested one. You can also choose a specific coordinate system If the image contains the geographical location, it is picked up automatically. Otherwise, you can assign location visually, define the bounding box or load it from an external file. This tutorial shows the Assign

  • Folder vs. MBTiles vs. GeoPackage

    After you are done with georeferencing and one step before the rendering, it is possible to decide, whether you want to save your maps as Folder, as an MBTiles file or in a form of a GeoPackage. Each option has advantages and disadvantages regarding the speed of serving tiles, the simplicity of manipulation with output and viewing software support. Folder Folder contains a structure different tiles sorted into directories according to the zoom levels. To load folder on the hosting server takes longer, but the response on the website is then faster. MBTiles MBTiles is a single file, that can be easily loaded to any hosting

  • License activation

    The process of activation and deactivation license in MapTiler. Each MapTiler license requires activation. To activate, go into menu MapTiler -> License, paste the license key and click on Activate. As you can see, the Free sign changes to Start/Plus immediately. Please be aware, that MapTiler Pro has a different installer to MapTiler Start/Plus. Upgrading from Start to Plus is a different procedure. IMPORTANT One license is limited to one computer at a time. In case of a hardware change, re-install of the operating system or migration to another computer, the MapTiler license must be deactivated. The software automatically deactivates with

  • Raster profile

    MapTiler Desktop has an option for turning large images into zoomable tiles. It is very useful in situations when you have an image which has few dozens or even hundreds of megapixels (e.g. high-res scan of an old painting) and you want to publish them online and allow users to zoom through such a picture. Raster image into tiles On the start screen, select the Raster Tiles option. Now drag and drop (or load) an image inside. With Raster Tiles profile, you can load only one image at a time. Now you have an option to View the picture and Color correct if needed (note: this