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OGC API - Tiles

This GitHub repository contains the new revision of the OGC's Web Map Tile Service standards for requesting tiles (both vector tiles and maps tiles; and eventualy coverage tiles) of geospatial information on the web. It is a complete rewrite of previous versions, focusing on a simple RESTful core specified as reusable OpenAPI components.

This is the CURRENT working version of this initiative (Old version work has been moved to the deliverables in Testbed-15 that contain the LAST VERSION of the materials. See:

IMPORTANT: Many examples of OpenAPI documents that are used as inspiration and test of this work is here:

There is some level of overlap with the OGC API - Maps. OGC API - Tiles will be elaborated first and we will continue with this one.


After a while getting familiar and playing with the OpenAPI definition files (explained just below in the "Examples section"), we have finally started to write the standard. We have decided an aggressive path to modularization having 2 cores, one for tiles and another for maps that can be combined as needed. Several extension for tiles and maps will emerge in the process.

The standard is written using asciidoc using many files that might be dificult to trace. Please see the standard document as a long HTML page EASY TO READ FORMAT here:



For the moment we have focus out efforts on defining the "tile core" that you can find here: clause_7_tile_core.

The core is:

  • Only one collection
  • Only support for WebMercatorQuad
  • No TileMatrixSet definition
  • No TileMatrixSet Link
  • No featureInfo
  • Can only retrieve one tile at a time
  • Has no information about updates


We foresee the following extensions (some of them can end into OGC standards and some might not)

  • Other TileMatrixSets (started in: clause_7_tile_tms )
  • Info (featureInfo) (started in: clause_7_tile_info )
  • Collections (more than one) (started in: clause_7_tile_collections )
  • Collections-info (with feautureInfo) (pending)
  • Multi-tile (retrieve a ZIP with many tiles) (pending, necessary for the update workflow)


WARNING: This section need to be updated.

Until mid July 2019, the work was focused on providing OpenAPI services description examples and domains (libraries). Now we believe this work is finalized, but each time that we take a look we still find gaps, mistakes and things that can be improved. We expect that during the effort of extracting the knowledge accumulated (hopefully) in these files to create the standard, we will keep fixing, perfecting and evolving things.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are now using the Swagger HUB again and should be considered the "gold copy". The Swagger account is:

The material in the standards folder takes precedence to the text of the standard and the Swagger HUB takes precedence to the material in GitHub. The standards folder examples are intended to be identical to the Swagger HUB ones except for the path names. To go from Swagger HUB to GitHub do the following substitutions:

The files in the standards folder are structured in several parts that can be combined together.

Diagram of the examples and domains

A OGC API maps and tiles OPF FULL example in Swagger or in GitHub that contains full example of server with some features and coverages that are served as maps and/or tiles.

The latter is normally too long to be analyzed. The following are easier to understand.




IMPORTANT NOTE: This section is old The standard candidate takes precedence.


A "OGC API - Maps" is a standard API that provides maps representing geospatial data.

GET /.../.../map/{styleId}

The identifier of the "layer" is replaced by "{collectionId}" or "coverage"...

Maps can be requested in any available CRS and can be subset by bbox width and height (and eventually other parameters such as time and elevation)

GET /.../.../map/{styleId}?crs=CRS84&bbox=160.6,-55.95,-170,-25.89&width=600&height=400

Returns a map - a representation of real-world elements at a given resolution. {styleId} is optional.


A "OGC API - Tiles" is a standard API that provides tiles of maps representing geospatial data.

GET /.../.../tile/{styleId}/{tileMatrixSetId}/{tileMatrixId}/{tileRow}/{tileCol}

Returns a tile - a representation of real-world elements at a given resolution restricted by the selected Tile Matrix Set. {styleId} is optional.

The identifier of the "layer" is replaced by "{collectionId}" or "coverage"...

Tiles are available at some TileMatrixSetId and styles that need to be enumerated in:

GET /.../.../tiles

There is a need for describing the TileMatrixSet available

GET /tileMatrixSet/{tileMatrixSetId}

Using the standard

Those who want to just see the endpoints and responses can explore generic OpenAPI definitions in this folder (please paste one of them in the Swagger Editor):

  • OGC-API-Map-Tiles/standard/openapi/


Join the WMS mailing list

Most work on the specification takes place in GitHub issues, so browse there to get a good idea of what is happening, as well as past decisions.


The contributor understands that any contributions, if accepted by the OGC Membership (and eventually the ISO/TC 211), shall be incorporated into OGC and ISO/TC 211 Web Map Service and Web Map Tile Service standards documents and that all copyright and intellectual property shall be vested to the OGC.

The WMS Standards Working Group (SWG) is the group at OGC responsible for the stewardship of the standard, but is working to do as much work in public as possible.

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