JavaScript library that converts MapSpec layers to beautiful, interactive maps using Mapbox GL
Latest commit db2bddd Oct 19, 2018

Gisida is a Javascript data pipeline library that generates map visualizations for Mapbox GL JS using MapSpec.

Gisida uses Redux to manage layers data state.

Take a look at gisida-react if you need to quickly build a Map Dashboard using Gisida and MapSpec layers.


$ npm install gisida

NOTE: You can alternetively use yarn to manage your node packages.

UMD build

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Getting Started

1.Create config file

  • Create a config.json and save it in the application's root path. An example config.json file is provided below:
  "APP": {
    "mapConfig": {
      "container": "map",
      "style": "mapbox://styles/mapbox/light-v9",
      "center": [
      "zoom": 6
    "accessToken": "<mapbox-studio-access-token>",
    "appIcon": "/img/gisida-logo.png",
    "appName": "GISIDA EXAMPLE",
    "appColor": "darkslategrey",
    "layersPath": "/layers"
  "STYLES": [
      "label": "Light",
      "style": "mapbox://styles/mapbox/light-v9"
      "label": "Streets",
      "style": "mapbox://styles/mapbox/streets-v9"
      "label": "Satellite",
      "style": "mapbox://styles/mapbox/satellite-v9"
  "LAYERS": [

2. Import and initializing the store.

import { initStore } from 'gisida';

const store = initStore();

3. Adding Layers

  • The layersPath propery under APP.mapConfig is used to define the folder that contains the layers files.

  • The LAYERS propery is a list that contains the filenames of the layers that should be loaded into state.

NOTE: The filename is added withouth the .json extension in the config file.

An example layer file in the path /layers/ken-health-sites.json

  "label": "Kenya Health Sites",
  "source": {
    "type": "geojson",
    "data": "data/ken_health_sites.geojson"
  "type": "symbol",
  "minZoom": 0,
  "paint": {
    "text-color": "#000",
    "text-halo-color": "#fff",
    "text-halo-width": 1.3,
    "text-halo-blur": 1
  "layout": {
    "text-field": "{name} ({type})",
    "text-offset": [0,2],
    "icon-image": "hospital-11",
    "icon-allow-overlap": true,
    "text-transform": "uppercase"
  "visible": false,
  "credit": "Global Healthsites Mapping Project<br>Aug 15, 2017"

Ensure that the data file for the layer is located in the specified source path data/ken_health_sites.geojson.

3. Actions

Gisida provides in-build functions that trigger to process and managed data in the store;

  • prepareLayer
  • changeStyle
  • addLabels
  • addChart
  • addLegend
  • buildTimeSeriesData

TODO: add documentation for Gisida API


To locally develop and make changes to gisida:

Local development

  • Clone repo:
$ git clone
  • Link the project folder as local module within your project using npm link or yarn link if you use yarn as your preferred node package manager.

  • Run development build:

$ npm develop

Production build

  • Build production distribution
$ npm build
  • Publish to npm
$ npm publish


  1. Check to see what the next release version number should be, i.e. if the last release is 0.0.7 the next should be 0.0.8 depending on the Semantic Versioning guide, refer to (

  2. Create branch for new version being released, git checkout -b <version-number>

$ git checkout -b 0.0.8
  1. Run npm version <version-number>. This creates a commit and updates version number in package.json.
$ npm version 0.0.8
  1. Push release branch to Github and tag git push -u --follow-tags origin <version-number> e.g
$ git push -u --follow-tags origin 0.0.8
  1. Merge release to master once it passes review