I've been reading around how to serve vector tiles to an online map and I have a few questions about which tools and services are best to use together for an application that has c.1.5 million map views a month.

We receive mapinfo files which are converted to geoJSON via OGR2OGR. These are then converted to vector tiles using tippecanoe. We have the option to serve these files via a self hosted node.js tile server.

I'm interested in using Leaflet for the web interface to the map and using OpenStreetMap vector tiles as the base map. I understand that I can download and serve these myself but I think the preference would be to call them from OSM.

I love the stuff that Mapbox have been doing but in reality I'm not sure that I need Mapbox studio and we are able to serve the vectors ourselves. What we do need however is a postcode lookup service and hopefully an address autocomplete service. I am aware that Google and Mapinfo both offer these services (so long as I use their maps) but the cost is high for the number of monthly map views I require. I know that Mapbox offers a load of other services for the price, but as I see it it is only access to the APIs that I need (if I serve my own vectors).

Are there alternative services I can use for postcode lookup / address autocomplete other than Google / Mapbox?

  • If UK based look at craftyclicks.co.uk/geocode
    – Mapperz
    Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 14:11
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    You might want to clarify your question. You're essentially asking about geocoders, but you've begun with a long rambling question about vector tiles. Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 2:45
  • Do vector tiles segue into geocoding because you want some kind of reverse geocoding based on what feature is clicked on? Otherwise address autocomplete is a separate service, and I don't believe you need to use tiles hosted by Mapbox in order to use their separate address services. Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 6:18

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Mapzen geocoding service may be a good fit for you. "...Mapzen Search completely powered by open data, but it is available to everyone..."

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