One tile to rule them all
TileCloud is a powerful utility for generating, managing, transforming, visualising and map tiles in multiple formats. It can create, read update, delete tiles in multiple back ends, called TileStores. Existing TileStores include:
TileCloud is not limited to image tiles, it can also handle other tile data such as UTFGrid, or elevation data in JSON format.
TileCloud uses Python's generators and iterators to efficiently stream tens of millions of tiles, and can handle multiple tiles in parallel using Python's multiprocessing library.
Example tasks that TileCloud makes easy include:
Convert sixty million PNG tiles stored in S3 to JPEG format with different quality settings at different zoom levels.
Transform image formats and perform arbitrary image transformations on the fly, including PNG optimization.
Generate semi-transparent tiles with embedded tile coordinates for debugging.
Pack multiple tile layers into a single tile on the server.
Efficiently calculate bounding boxes and detect missing tiles in existing tile datasets.
Simulate fast and slow tile servers.
Efficiently delete millions of tiles in S3.
Read JSON tiles from a tarball, compress them, and upload them.
$ virtualenv . $ . bin/activate $ pip install bottle pyproj
Unfortunately, Pycairo does not install with
pip, so use your system's package manager to install the system package (on Ubuntu it's
For a quick demo, run
$ ./tc-viewer tiles.mapquest_com
and point your browser at http://localhost:8080/. Type
Ctrl-C to terminate
$ ./tc-info -t count geography-class.mbtiles 87381 $ ./tc-info -t bounding-pyramid -r geography-class.mbtiles 0/0/0:+1/+1 1/0/0:+2/+2 2/0/0:+4/+4 3/0/0:+8/+8 4/0/0:+16/+16 5/0/0:+32/+32 6/0/0:+64/+64 7/0/0:+128/+128 8/0/0:+256/+256
Now, display this MBTiles tile set on top of the OpenStreetMap tiles and a debug tile layer:
$ ./tc-viewer tiles.openstreetmap_org mapbox.haiti-terrain-grey.mbtiles tiles.debug.black
You'll need to point your browser at http://localhost:8080/ and choose your favourite library.
tc-viewer are utility programs. Normally you use TileCloud by writing short Python programs that connect the TileCloud's modules to perform the action that you want.
As a first example, run the following:
$ PYTHONPATH=. examples/download.py
This will download a few tiles from OpenStreetMap and save them in a local MBTiles file called
local.mbtiles. Look at the source code to
examples/download.py to see how it works. If there are problems with the download, just interrupt it with
Ctrl-C and re-run it: the program will automatically resume where it left off.
Once you have downloaded a few tiles, you can view them directly with
$ ./tc-viewer --root=4/8/5 local.mbtiles tiles.debug.black
Point your browser at http://localhost:8080 as usual. The
--root option to
tc-viewer instructs the viewer to start at a defined tile, rather than at 0/0/0, so you don't have to zoom in to find the tiles that you downloaded.
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