I want to load mvt tiles into QGIS through a URL service


But, the menu in the Vector Tile Reader plugin allows TileJSON URL.

Is there any way I can load mvt tiles in QGIS environment?

  • What happens when you put that URL into the plugin? Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 12:27
  • Returns the following error. "The field ''vector_layers' is required but not found. This is invalid TileJSON. Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 12:53
  • what format are your Map Vector Tiles?
    – nmtoken
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 13:19
  • @nmtoken tiles are in pbf format. Commented Jan 10, 2018 at 4:50
  • Wrote my own script to decode and display mapbox vector tiles parsed as pbf in QGIS. Closing... Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 12:36

1 Answer 1

    r = requests.get(url)

    # ------------------------Decryption------------------------
    response = r.content
    decoded_data = mapbox_vector_tile.decode(response)

Import relevant modules to your sript, parse the URL to your specific tile at specific zoom level for example;


Here 16/4059/6568 are zoom level X and Y numbers of your requested tile id. After that you can print decoded data to see the decoded JSON of your tile.

  • Great, thank you. I didn't hope that the mapbox_vector_tile module was in qgis's python Commented May 25, 2018 at 13:03
  • @OscarCampo No it was not. You have to load it using Pip. Commented May 26, 2018 at 4:47

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