Importer and Exporter of MBTiles
Python Shell
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README.md

MBUtil

MBUtil is a utility for importing and exporting the MBTiles format, typically created with Mapbox TileMill.

Before exporting tiles to disk, see if there's a Mapbox Hosting plan or an open source MBTiles server implementation that works for you - tiles on disk are notoriously difficult to manage.

Build Status

Installation

Git checkout (requires git)

git clone git://github.com/mapbox/mbutil.git
cd mbutil
# get usage
./mb-util -h

Then to install the mb-util command globally:

sudo python setup.py install
# then you can run:
mb-util

Python installation (requires easy_install)

easy_install mbutil
mb-util -h

Usage

$ mb-util -h
Usage: mb-util [options] input output

    Examples:
    Export an mbtiles file to a directory of files:
    $ mb-util world.mbtiles dumps # when the 2nd argument is "dumps", then dumps the metatdata.json

    Export an mbtiles file to a directory of files:
    $ mb-util world.mbtiles tiles # tiles must not already exist

    Import a directory of tiles into an mbtiles file:
    $ mb-util tiles world.mbtiles # mbtiles file must not already exist

Options:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --scheme=SCHEME       Tiling scheme of the tiles. Default is "xyz" (z/x/y),
                        other options are "tms" which is also z/x/y but uses a
                        flipped y coordinate, and "wms" which replicates the
                        MapServer WMS TileCache directory structure
                        "z/000/000/x/000/000/y.png"
  --image_format=FORMAT
                        The format of the image tiles, either png, jpg, webp
                        or pbf
  --grid_callback=CALLBACK
                        Option to control JSONP callback for UTFGrid tiles. If
                        grids are not used as JSONP, you can remove callbacks
                        specifying --grid_callback=""


Export an `mbtiles` file to files on the filesystem:

    mb-util World_Light.mbtiles adirectory


Import a directory into a `mbtiles` file

    mb-util directory World_Light.mbtiles

Requirements

  • Python >= 2.6

Metadata

MBUtil imports and exports metadata as JSON, in the root of the tile directory, as a file named metadata.json.

{
    "name": "World Light",
    "description": "A Test Metadata",
    "version": "3"
}

Testing

This project uses nosetests for testing. Install nosetests:

pip install nose

or

easy_install nose

Then run:

nosetests

See Also

License

BSD - see LICENSE.md

Authors

  • Tom MacWright (tmcw)
  • Dane Springmeyer (springmeyer)
  • Mathieu Leplatre (leplatrem)