I've seen such sites in the past. I remember seeing one put together by Wm Lerer at a conference a couple years ago.

What I'm looking for is a map that demonstrates all (well, at least a lot) of the freely available basemaps (tilesets, web services, etc) that I could include in a mapping application (using OpenLayers, Leaflet, or whatever).

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    Via @oeon leaflet-providers looks like a good start. Nice demo – perrygeo Sep 17 '14 at 17:30
  • Thanks @perrygeo! That leaflet demo is exactly the type of thing I was looking for! – sfletche Sep 17 '14 at 17:38
  • @perrygeo, you should convert your comment to an "Answer" so that sfletche can accept your answer and close this question. – RyanDalton Sep 18 '14 at 15:10

There is no organized catalog of XYZ tile servers per se. The closest thing is the leaflet-providers project which provides dozens of free basemaps. Code for integrating with leaflet is provided but it should be relatively easy to translate to OpenLayers or other mapping clients.


You can find a list of free WMS and TMS services here:


Written to use in the JOSM editor, it should not be too difficult to get the essential information out of it for other software that offers WMS or TMS.


Map Compare is the best

4 Maps sync'ed with many, many optional mapping tiles sources


http://tools.geofabrik.de/mc/#15/49.0094/8.3902&num=4&mt0=mapnik&mt1=google-map&mt2=bing-map&mt3=mapnik-german enter image description here


Expanding the list, some example from OpenLayers site (http://openlayers.org/en/v3.0.0/examples):

Google maps










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    Google Maps has restrictions, if you exceed a number of map views you will need to pay to use it. – clhenrick Sep 26 '14 at 14:35

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