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Note: this tool is experimental and is not actively supported by Mapbox. For support, please open an issue in this repository.

Mapbox GL Leaflet

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This is a binding from Mapbox GL JS to the familiar Leaflet API.

Code example

var token ="pk.XXXX"; // replace with your Mapbox API Access token. Create a Mabpox account and find it on
var map ='map').setView([38.912753, -77.032194], 15);
L.marker([38.912753, -77.032194])
    .bindPopup("Hello <b>Leaflet GL</b>!<br>Whoa, it works!")
var gl = L.mapboxGL({
    accessToken: token,
    style: 'mapbox://styles/mapbox/bright-v8'

Note that you can use any vector tile source useable by mapbox-gl. For instance, you can use OSM2VectorTiles with:

var gl = L.mapboxGL({
    style: '',
    accessToken: 'no-token'

Once you have created the leaflet layer, the mapbox-gl map object can be accessed using

// add a source to the mapbox-gl layer

Get your Mapbox token

Create a mapbox account, then head to and copy your access token that was automatically created for you. The access token should start with "pk.".

Live examples

Basic example

Cluster example

Code for these examples is hosted in the examples folder


Add a script tag referencing mapbox-gl-leaflet after adding leaflet in your website:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="leaflet.css" />
<script src="leaflet.js"></script>
<script src="leaflet-mapbox-gl.js"></script>
<!-- Mapbox GL -->
<link href='' rel='stylesheet' />
<script src=''></script>

You can also use Unpkg as a CDN using:

<script src=""></script>


This project makes it possible to easily add a mapbox-gl-js layer in your Leaflet map. When using mapbox-gl-leaflet, you won't be able to use some of the mapbox-gl-js features. Here are the main differences between a "pure" mapbox-gl-js map and a Leaflet map using mapbox-gl-leaflet:

  • No rotation / bearing / pitch support
  • Slower performances: When using mapbox-gl-leaflet, mapbox-gl-js is set as not interactive. Leaflet receives the touch/mouse events and updates the mapbox-gl-js map behind the scenes. Because mapbox-gl-js doesn't redraw as fast as Leaflet, the map can seem slower.

On the bright side, the mapbox-gl-leaflet binding will allow you to use all the leaflet features and plugins.

If you only need the mapbox-gl-js features (adding a map with a mapbox-style, adding a GeoJSON, etc.), you are probably better off using it directly.

API Reference

API Reference

Bug Reports & Feature Requests

Please use the issue tracker to report any bugs or file feature requests. You can fork this jsfiddle template to reproduce a bug, then share the URL of your fork in the GitHub issue.


The MIT License (MIT)


npm i mapbox-gl-leaflet-latest

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