I am trying to generate map tiles using gdal2tiles for an area much larger than MapTiler can handle. However, my tile caches are not showing up on the maps. I checked gdal2tiles by running the same file through it and MapTiler - and the outputs come out differently. Here's my gdal2tiles command:

/usr/local/Cellar/gdal/1.9.0/bin/gdal2tiles.py -p mercator --s_srs 3857 -z 1-9 -v myFile.tiff

For instance, in the maptiler output, I get the file


While gdal gives me different files, like


The output should be identical, right? Is there something I'm missing? My projection on the original file is definitely correct. I have also tried gdal2tiles with 900913. I am running gdal2tiles on MacOS X Mountain Lion, gdal 1.9.0.

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    check out your profile whether mercator or geodetic. it looks like your first output is mercator and second is geodetic.
    – urcm
    Apr 12, 2013 at 13:11
  • That's interesting.. but as you can see, I am calling gdal2tiles.py with the -p mercator argument, and mercator is also the default anyway. Do we think that that gdal2tiles could be broken in this reqard?
    – deepwinter
    Apr 12, 2013 at 17:01
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    possible duplicate of GDAL2Tiles: MapTiles from BSB/KAP are Switched
    – AndreJ
    Aug 27, 2013 at 10:08
  • It is completely a duplicate and worked fine with your tip! Thanks !
    – F3L1X79
    Nov 18, 2016 at 11:09

2 Answers 2


It's because gdal2tiles generates the tiles in TMS format. You need to enable it on your map or do a small calculation on the fly in order to display the tiles.

  • maptiler have -tms switch to produce results same as gdal2tiles.py.
    – mrgloom
    Jan 18, 2017 at 14:07

It is the difference between TMS and XYZ/WMTS addressing of the same mercator tile.

See the detailed description and mashup I made at:


GDAL2Tiles renders always TMS.

The scripts and equations for conversion of the flipped y-coordinate are mentioned in the MapTiler User Group on Google Groups.

If you render the map tiles with the new MapTiler (http://www.maptiler.com/) you can choose whether you want TMS or XYZ/WMTS addressing of the tiles. This option is available under the "Advanced options" button.

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