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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 7 layers featured, and of these the "Standard" layer is the default.

People wishing to propose a new tile layer should read the new tile layer policy and contact the Operations Working Group. Other servers, not appearing on the main page but available to public are listed at raster tile providers.

Tile layer Required Preferred Remarks
Support Global Traffic Reliable Up to date Open data[1] Non-comm. Free/open licence OSM data[1] Uniqueness Significance
Currently featured layers
Standard OK OK OK OK z0-z12 monthly;
z13+ minutes
OK OK CC0 [1] Yes, except for admin boundaries at z1-z3 (Natural Earth) Attempts to do many things at once (Jack of all trades, master of none) Zoom: max z19

Also known as the "Default" layer. or "openstreetmap-carto". Sometime mistaken/misleading name Mapnik is used.

CyclOSM Yes OK Yes OK z1-z11 weekly;
z12-z20 live rendering
OK OK OK OK Contour lines

Cycle map.

World coverage

Open source, CartoCSS source code at https://github.com/cyclosm/cyclosm-cartocss-style/. Zoom: max z20

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 Contour lines

Focuses on bicycle features, shows bicycle routes

Zoom: max z21
Transport Map OK OK OK OK ~6 hours OK OK No style sheet published OK Displays routes, and public transport Roads are not most prominent feature Zoom: max z21

Promotes the same features as ÖPNVKarte.

Featured in November 2011.


Wait for OWG's evaluate

Wait for OWG's evaluate

Wait for OWG's evaluate
z1-z12 monthly;
z12-z20 daily or weekly;
language label: 2 days, have rotation.
CC0 [2] landcover at z0-z8 is not OSM based a mix of osm-carto and OpenTopoMap. It has many improvements: more tag support (busway, embankment, cuisine, solar plants, aquaculture, pitch, sea, tree etc.), CJK fonts, etc. There is also better internationalisation: country specific road shields, peaks using imperial system in the US, hierarchical place rendering in China, etc. Zoom: max z19

Featured in September 2023.

Humanitarian OK OK OK OK z1-z12 weekly;
z13+ ~5 minutes
OK OK CC0[3] 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. Zoom: max z20

See demo and legend. Style developed and maintained by HOT (openly on github) Hosted on OpenStreetMap.fr servers, which expect to handle the traffic.

Former layers
ÖPNVKarte OK OK OK OK at least 5 months (unstable, see talk page for details) unknown OK No style sheet published OK Displays routes, and public transport Roads are not most prominent feature Zoom: max z18

Promotes the same features as the OpenCycleMap Transport Layer
Featured in July 2020. Removed in January 2024.

MapQuest Open [4] Dead Dead Dead Dead Dead Dead Run by MapQuest MIT license [5] 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 [6] Dead Used Osmarender renderer Removed in Feb 2012[7]. 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.
  • July 2020 - ÖPNVKarte was added
  • January 2021CyclOSM was added
  • September 2023Tracestrack was added
  • January 2024 - ÖPNVKarte was removed, due to repeated technical problems[2]

Example renderings and wiki support templates

Standard / OSM carto
{{slippymap |lat=34.8 |lon=-111.76460 |zoom=18 |width=200 |height=200 |layer=leaflet |marker=no}}
{{slippymap |lat=34.8 |lon=-111.76460 |zoom=18 |width=200 |height=200 |layer=cyclosm |marker=no}}
Cycle Map
{{slippymap |lat=34.8 |lon=-111.76460 |zoom=18 |width=200 |height=200 |layer=cycle |marker=no}}
Transport Map
{{slippymap |lat=34.8 |lon=-111.76460 |zoom=18 |width=200 |height=200 |layer=transport |marker=no}}
{{slippymap |lat=34.8 |lon=-111.76460 |zoom=18 |width=200 |height=200 |layer=oepnv |marker=no}}
{{slippymap |lat=34.8 |lon=-111.76460 |zoom=18 |width=200 |height=200 |layer=humanitarian |marker=no}}

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 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. https://github.com/openstreetmap/operations/issues/907