I want to create a vector tile base map using my own shapefiles/postgis tables for use on a mobile primarily. By my understanding the process is divided into 3 main steps:

  1. Creating/slicing the data into vector tiles.
  2. Using a server to host the tiles.
  3. Rendering the tiles.

I have looked into various methods to do this, The Mapzen Vector Tiles were the first thing I looked into. They come with a very good rendering option as well. I got it to work with osm data but I wasn't able to configure it to work with my own PostGIS Tables. The processing and queries assume that the data is from osm.

Currently I am looking into PGRestAPI, I have been able to create my tiles and host them pretty easily but I am not sure how I will render them on the mobile. I am not able to parse the vector tile endpoints that I get from the server. The Leaflet Vector-Tile plugin is also something I have looked into but I'm not sure how to go about using it on mobile.

How do I go about rendering the vector tiles on a mobile? And is there any alternative way to go about creating a vector tile base map for use on a mobile?

  • I believe Mapbox has a mobile / native mapbox GL framework that works with MVTs? – songololo Jul 7 '16 at 12:34

If ArcGIS pro is an option here I would reccomend it.

My personal tips:

  • follow rules mentioned in below links (bottom two are tutorial which may be useful)
  • add map descritpion in map properties
  • uncheck Package for ArcGIS online [...]
  • when you add map ArcGIS Pro will load tiling scheme, click on its name and you will see path, copy it and paste to for ex. Google Chrome --> then pick suitable scale for you, remove coma and place delimeter as seen below (don't shrink number)
  • when I was making Vector Tile Package, premade Indexed Polygons caused some bugs, so I won't recomned using it (it doesn't take off a lot of time from whole process)
  • Use Create Mobile Map Package to use it on mobile (output format is mmpk)

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Link to the Esri documentation


Tips on creating Vector Tiles Map


Multiscaled map tips


Creating Vector Tiles - video from Esri User Conference 2016


Creating Mobile Map Package


Tutorial part 1


Tutorial part 2



Geoserver can publish data in vector tile specification. It supports theree type of format,

MapBox Vector (MVT) = Recommended Format This is an efficient binary format that is widely supported by almost all Vector Tile applications. GeoJson = This is a human readable JSON format. Although many geo-spatial applications support GeoJSON datasets, few Vector Tile applications support tiles in this format. Supported by Open Layers 3. TopoJson = This is a very complex, but somewhat human readable JSON format that is good for polygon coverages. It is not a widely supported and very few Vector Tile applications support it. Suported by Open Layers 3.

Source: Geoserver

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