I am working on Google Maps with AirMap API. AirMap API provides me with vector tile data in pbf-format.

I want to render it into Google Maps. I have researched that to render pbf vector tiles on Google Map, I need to convert it into GeoJSON data. I have a lot researched about it but I haven't found any tool to convert PBF to GeoJson or tutorial. Any suggestions about how to?

  • OSM PBF can be converted to OSM XML. There should be multiple OSM XML to GeoJSON converters available. – scai Sep 20 '17 at 13:35
  • @scai, Thank you for your reply. I have tried many tools like OSMCONVERT, OGR2OGR and OSMOSIS. But my bad luck, it shows me "Invalid file format". – Chintan Panchal Sep 20 '17 at 14:12
  • You can also try osmium. If all tools fail then this is probably not an OSM PBF file. I guess it is a MapBox-specific format. Not sure how to handle this. – scai Sep 20 '17 at 14:13
  • @scai, Yes you are right. It could be mapbox specific format. – Chintan Panchal Sep 21 '17 at 6:44

Your data seems to be Mapbox Vector Tiles in pbf format.

GDAL 2.3 can process this data: https://www.gdal.org/drv_mvt.html

Note that MB tiles and OSM pbf files are something completely different.

  • +1 for clarifying the difference between different pbf! I got confused for a long time. The link you provided is also very helpful. – hxd1011 Sep 8 '19 at 10:04

You can use QGIS to load your .pbf file and once you drag and drop the file on QGIS the data will be displayed as a layer on map, then:

Right click on the layer > Save as > Change format Format: GeoJSON, choose the layer name and set COORDINATE_PRECISION=5 (recommended).

And done! Your pbf file is converted to GeoJSON.

Or you can use ogr2ogr, which is a commandline tool for converting osm to GeoJson.

  • The requested pbf vector tiles format has nothing to do with the osm pbf format. – AndreJ Nov 16 '18 at 9:35

You can use tippacanoe-decode to convert PBF files to GeoJSON.


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