MapBox GL JS looks very close to Google Maps (in 3D mode) up-close, but if you zoom out enough, the world just looks like an endlessly repeating strip of flat 2D world maps, like this:


If you zoom out in Google Maps, you can see that it's actually rendered on a big sphere, the way Earth actually looks from space:


How do I enable this look in MapBox GL JS? I mean without using some complicated hack involving third-party libraries.

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Globe has now been released in Mapbox GL JS v2.9 and can be enabled as follows:

const map = new mapboxgl.Map({
  projection: 'globe'



Globe view with GL JS is currently work in progress, for more information including a working demo see:


According to a Mapbox developer they are trying to make globe view available this fall (2021):


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