Featured tile layers
Featured tile layers refer to the set of different map styles featured on the OpenStreetMap web site. These can be accessed and selected by activating the "Layers" sidebar and then looking under the "Map Layers" section. There are currently six layers featured, and of these the "Standard" layer is the default.
Proposals for new tile layers to be included on the web site may be added to the table below. Any such proposals must follow the guidelines for new tile layers. Other servers, not appearing on the main page but available to public are listed at Tiles#Servers.
|Support||Global||Traffic||Reliable||Up to date||Open data||Non Comm||Free/Open license||OSM data||Uniqueness||Significance|
|Currently featured layers|
|OK||OK||CC0 ||Yes, except for admin boundaries at z1-z3 (Natural Earth)||Attempts to do many things at once (Jack of all trades, master of none), max zoom z19||Also known as the "Default" layer. or "openstreetmap-carto". Sometime mistaken/misleading name Mapnik is used.|
z12-z20 live rendering
|OK||OK||OK||OK||Cycle map. World coverage up to zoom level 20.||Open source, CartoCSS source code at https://github.com/cyclosm/cyclosm-cartocss-style/.||Hosted thanks to OSM-Fr.|
|Cycle Map||OK||OK||OK||OK||~24 hours||OK||OK||No style sheet published||landcover at z0-z8 is not OSM based||max zoom z21
Focuses on bicycle features, shows bicycle routes
|Transport Map||OK||OK||OK||OK||~6 hours||OK||OK||No style sheet published||OK||max zoom z21
Displays routes, and public transport
|Roads are not most prominent feature||Promotes the same features as ÖPNVKarte.|
Featured in November 2011.
|ÖPNVKarte||Yes||OK||OK||OK||at least 10 months||unknown||OK||No style sheet published||OK||max zoom z18
Displays routes, and public transport
|Roads are not most prominent feature||Promotes the same features as the OpenCycleMap Transport Layer|
Featured in July 2020.
z13+ ~5 minutes
|OK||OK||CC0||OK||max zoom z20
Focuses on the developing countries with an emphasis on features related to development and humanitarian work.
|Good contrasting style in terms of overall colour choices. Terrain shading. Many new/different icons (particularly for basic amenities in developing countries) and more nuanced surface track-type rendering.||See demo and legend. Style developed and maintained by HOT (openly on github) Hosted on OpenStreetMap.fr servers, which expect to handle the traffic.|
|OSM France (osmfr)||Yes||OK||OK||Work is active||z1-z11 weekly;
z12+ ~5 minutes
|OK||OK||OK||OK||World coverage up to zoom level 20. Priority given to French names and symbols (baguette instead of pretzel for bakery!).||Fork of openstreetmap-carto. Special display for sport fields.||Some newer features are sometimes experimented and are discussed on the French OpenStreetmap mailing list. Guided tour of improved features. CartoCSS based stylesheet available on https://github.com/cquest/osmfr-cartocss|
the free nautical chart
|unclear||OK||OK||OK||< hourly||unknown||OK||OK||unknown||including weather charts, wiki port pilot book, bathymetry, Wikipedia, etc.||for all water sports enthusiast||GitHub + Carto-Standard|
|Name and link to tile-layer||Investigate whatever there is support from people maintaining it before adding it here||Maybe OK||Not OK||OK||minutes||Maybe OK||OK||OK||Maybe OK||Explain the uniqueness of this tile-layer||Explain the special significance of this tile-layer|
|MapQuest Open ||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||Run by MapQuest||MIT license ||Dead||Different styles for different countries. Renders U.S. highway shields.||Commercial service "Simpler" style using fewer colours.||Featured in November 2011.|
June 2015 they've discontinued their documentation site and broken various things. Not looking too good for future availability.
The tile service will no longer be free after 11 July 2016 (will require subscription and authorization keys).
|NoName||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||Run by CloudMade||No style sheet||Dead||Debugging style for nameless roads||Removed in November 2011. There are other QA tools that display the same information and are more updated.|
|Tiles@home||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||Dead||OK||OK ||Dead||Used Osmarender renderer||Removed in Feb 2012. Developer support reduced Feb 2011.|
- For a long time, the OpenStreetMap web site featured two layers, Standard (then called "Mapnik") and Tiles@home. Cycle Map and NoName were added sometime later.
- April 2011 — The OpenStreetMap Foundation Board approved the proposed guidelines for adding new tile layers.
- November 2011 — Transport Map and MapQuest Open were added under the new guidelines. At the same time NoName was removed due to not being very updated and because other QA tools do it better.
- February 2012 — Tiles@home was removed due to unavailable support.
- September 2013 — Humanitarian was added. See the OSM Blog announcement and the HOTOSM blog post.
- June 2016 — The Mapquest default rendering has been removed, as it will no longer support the free tile service without paid subscription and authorization keys for each website domain, starting on 11 July 2016.
- July 2020 - ÖPNVKarte was added
- January 2021 — CyclOSM was added
- This criterion is not part of the the official OSMF policy but has been added to Featured tile layers/Guidelines for new tile layers based on community discussion