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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 eventually 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 was one of the engineering reports in Testbed-15 see the public version in; or the GitHub version:; if you are not a member or observer in Testbed15 you will get a 404)

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

The OGC API - Maps and the OGC API - Tiles are related and should be considered complementary. Visit the Quick guide


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 two separate core standards, one for tiles and another for maps that can be combined as needed. Several extension for tiles and maps will emerge in the process.

While under development, the standards are written using AsciiDoc using many files that might be difficult to trace. Please see the compiled standard document as it is easier to read here:


We received several recommendations to separate the specifications into a core and some extensions. In March 2020 we decided to restructure the GitHub repository to separate the core and the extensions in different documents that might be elaborated at different speeds.

At this moment in time we are working on doing this separation by moving files around.


For the moment we are focusing our efforts on defining the "tile core" that you can find here: clause_7_tile_core.

The core is (

  • Only one collection
  • Support for predefined Tile Matrix Set (in OGC 17-083r2)
    • No TileMatrixSet definition
  • 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)

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):

Several implementations of the draft standard exist:

Implementations of the draft specification / demo services


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.




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.


OGC API - Tiles draft specification




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