OSM2VectorTiles is a project simplifying installation of free world maps powered by OpenStreetMap. It offers freely downloadable OSM vector tiles, and a set of open-source tools for use and generating of the maps.

The open-source project is the result of the bachelor thesis of Manuel Roth and Lukas Martinelli from the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil, Switzerland supported and made possible by Klokan Technologies GmbH.

OSM2VectorTiles won the OpenStreetMap The Innovation Award in 2016.


Project on GitHub.
Bachelor Thesis Updatable Vector Tiles from OpenStreetMap.

OSM2VectorTiles is no longer maintained. Please switch to the successor project openmaptiles.org.


Manuel Roth

Manuel Roth

CS Student at HSR

lukas martinelli

Lukas Martinelli

CS Student at HSR

stefan keller

Prof. Stefan Keller

Professor for GIS at HSR

Introduction Video

Video introduction to vector tiles, the project and how to use provided vector tiles to create your own styles and maps.


Presentation of OSM2VectorTiles at State of the Map 2016 in Brussels.


English presentation of OSM2VectorTiles at FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn describing the process of creating vector tiles based on OpenStreetMap data, what to look out for and how people can create their custom vector tile set.

The presentation of TileServer GL - hosting vector tile maps on your own server at FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn - on serving the OSM2VectorTiles as vector tiles for web and mobile apps, and as raster tiles for legacy clients like Leaflet and for GIS map service (WMTS) via the server side raster rendering.


German presentation of OSM2VectorTiles at FOSSGIS 2016 showing a general introduction into vector tiles and a demo how to serve your own vector tiles and create your own style.

Project Partners

OpenMapTiles.org is an open-source project from OMT community and MapTiler who provides Maps API.
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