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Vector Tiles Reader QGIS-Plugin - QGIS Python plugin which reads Mapbox Vector Tiles from a server, a local MBTiles file or a directory
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Vector Tiles Reader QGIS-Plugin

This Python plugin reads Mapbox Vector Tiles (MVT) from vector tile servers, local MBTiles files or from a directory in zxy structure.


A help can be found here:


The plugin can create a QGIS styling from a Mapbox GL JSON style on the fly.


The Vector Tile Reader plugin is released under the GNU license (see LICENSE)


Vector Tile Reader has been developed by

  • Martin Boos


  • Stefan Keller
  • Dijan Helbling
  • Nicola Jordan
  • Raphael Das Gupta
  • Carmelo Schumacher

Docker Tests

docker-compose build qgis2
docker-compose run -d --name qgis2 qgis2
docker exec -it qgis2 sh -c " vector_tiles_reader"

Technical documentation

Name conventions for Vector Tiles Reader QGIS Plugin:

  • Official full name : "Vector Tiles Reader" or "Vector Tiles Reader QGIS-Plugin"
  • Camel Case no space: "VectorTilesReader"
  • Lower Case no space: "vector_tiles_reader"
  • Abbreviated names : "VT Reader" or "vtr"


  • QGIS 3
  • This Plugin was tested on Ubuntu 17.10, Windows 10 and OSX


QGIS Plugins

Download the latest published release inside QGIS:

  1. Plugins -> Manage and Install Plugins...
  2. Search for 'Vector Tiles Reader'
  3. Install

Windows (QGIS 3)

:: Set the path on the next line to the directory where the plugin is located

set PATH_TO_VTR="C:\DEV\Vector-Tiles-Reader-QGIS-Plugin"
mklink /D "%appdata%\QGIS\QGIS3\profiles\default\python\plugins\vector_tiles_reader" %PATH_TO_VTR%

:: Make sure the IDE knows about the qgis package (run in admin console)
mklink /D "%programfiles%\QGIS 3.6\apps\Python37\Lib\site-packages\qgis" "%programfiles%\QGIS 3.6\apps\qgis\python\qgis"

Ubuntu (QGIS 3)

ln -sr ./ ~/.local/share/QGIS/QGIS3/profiles/default/python/plugins/Vector-Tile-Reader


Location of QGIS plugins directory:

2 ~/.qgis2/python/plugins
3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/QGIS/QGIS3/profiles/default/python/plugins
ls -s ./


How can I use the server connection feature?

Any vector tile service, implementing the TileJSON specification with the vector_layers extension should work.

For the feature to work, you have to create a connection using a URL pointing to the TileJSON of the tile service.

For example you can use{API-KEY} and get your own API-Key from MapTiler Cloud

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