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Mapbox Vector Tile Specification

A specification for encoding tiled vector data.


The text of this specification is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. However, the use of this spec in products and code is entirely free: there are no royalties, restrictions, or requirements.



The specification is versioned based on major.minor notation. The major version will be incremented with any technical change to the specification format or way it should be interpreted. Changes to the minor version will be reserved for any clarification or correction of clerical errors associated with the specification language.

The major version in the specification name is synonymous with the version field in a Mapbox Vector Tile layer. See the 3.1. Layers section for more details.


If you are interested in contributing please refer to the file.


  • Vladimir Agafonkin
  • John Firebaugh
  • Eric Fischer
  • Konstantin Käfer
  • Charlie Loyd
  • Tom MacWright
  • Artem Pavlenko
  • Dane Springmeyer
  • Blake Thompson


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