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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 five 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 Open data[1] Non Comm Free/Open license OSM data[2] Uniqueness Significance
Currently featured layers
Standard OK OK OK OK minutes OK OK CC0 [1] Yes, except for admin boundaries at z1-z3 (Natural Earth) 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 unknown OK No style sheet published landcover at z0-z8 is not OSM based Focuses on bicycle features, shows bicycle routes  
Transport Map OK OK OK OK 1-2 weeks unknown OK No style sheet published unknown 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 ~5 min unknown OK No style sheet published unknown Displays routes, and public transport Roads are not most prominent feature Promotes the same features as the OpenCycleMap Transport Layer
Featured in July 2020.
Humanitarian OK OK OK OK daily OK OK CC0[2] OK 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 Yes OK OK OK 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
CyclOSM Yes OK Yes Work is active z1-z11 weekly;
z12+ ~5 minutes
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.
openptmap Investigate whatever there is support from people maintaining it OK OK OK daily unknown OK OK unknown Public transport overlay lines of railways, subways, trams, ferries, aerialways It's just a PT overlay, it can be combined with every base map.
OpenSeaMap
the free nautical chart
Investigate whatever there is support from people maintaining it 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
Example
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  
Former layers
MapQuest Open [3] Dead Dead Dead Dead Dead Dead Run by MapQuest MIT license [4] 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 [5] Dead Used Osmarender renderer Removed in Feb 2012[6]. Developer support reduced Feb 2011.

History

  • 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.
  1. 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
  2. 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