Featured tile layers

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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 four 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.

Tile layer Required Preferred Remarks
Support Global Traffic Reliable Up to date Non Comm Free/ Open Uniqueness Significance
Currently featured layers
Standard OK OK OK OK minutes OK CC0 [1] Also known as the "Default" layer. or "openstreetmap-carto". Sometime mistaken/misleading name Mapnik is used.
Cycle Map OK OK OK OK 1-2 weeks OK No style sheet published  
Transport Map OK OK OK OK 1-2 weeks OK No style sheet published Displays routes, and public transport Roads are not most prominent feature Promotes the same features as ÖPNVKarte.

Featured in November 2011.
Humanitarian OK OK OK OK daily OK CC0[2] 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.
Proposed layers
OSM France OK OK OK OK z1-z11 weekly;
z12+ ~5 minutes
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
CyclOSM OK OK OK OK z1-z11 weekly;
z12+ ~5 minutes
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.
ÖPNVKarte OK OK OK OK ~5 min OK No style sheet published Displays routes, and public transport Roads are not most prominent feature Promotes the same features as the OpenCycleMap Transport Layer
openptmap OK OK OK OK daily OK OK Public transport overlay lines of railways, subways, trams, ferries, aerialways It's just a PT overlay, it can be combined with every base map.
the free nautical chart
OK OK OK OK < hourly OK OK including weather charts, wiki port pilot book, bathymetry, Wikipedia, etc. for all water sports enthusiast GitHub + Carto-Standard
Wikipedia/Wikimedia "Multilingual Maps" with nearly 300 language-versions (in default language, Polish version, French version) OK OK investigate OK investigate OK investigate Map that allows to select any language to display labels. No other map made by Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. provides this feature. multiple languages and dialects available using name:language tags, with ability to define fallback languages.
Name and link to tile-layer OK Maybe OK Not OK OK minutes OK OK Explain the uniqueness of this tile-layer Explain the special significance of this tile-layer  
Former layers
MapQuest Open [3] Dead Dead Dead Dead Dead Run by MapQuest MIT license [4] 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 Run by CloudMade No style sheet 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 OK OK [5] Used Osmarender renderer Removed in Feb 2012[6]. 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 2011Transport 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 2012Tiles@home was removed due to unavailable support.
  • September 2013Humanitarian 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.