Try it out!
$ telnet mapscii.me
If you're on Windows, use the open source telnet client PuTTY to connect.
- Use your mouse to drag and zoom in and out!
- Discover Point-of-Interests around any given location
- Highly customizable layer styling with Mapbox Styles support
- Connect to any public or private vector tile server
- Or just use the supplied and optimized OSM2VectorTiles based one
- Work offline and discover local VectorTile/MBTiles
- Compatible with most Linux and OSX terminals
- Highly optimized algorithms for a smooth experience
How to run it locally
With a modern node installation available, just start it with
How to install it locally
If you haven't already got Node.js >= version 6.14, then go get it.
npm install -g mapscii
If you're on OSX, or get an error about file permissions, you may need to do
sudo npm install -g mapscii
In any of the supported Linux distros:
sudo snap install mapscii
(This snap is maintained by @nathanhaines)
This is pretty simple too.
- Arrows up, down, left, right to scroll around
- Press a or z to zoom in and out
- Press c to switch to block character mode
- Press q to quit
If your terminal supports mouse events you can drag the map and use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
Behind the scenes
Mastering the console
x256for converting RGB values to closest xterm-256 color code
term-mousefor mouse handling
keypressfor input handling
string-widthto determine visual string lengths
Discovering the map data
Juggling the vectors and numbers
earcutfor polygon triangulation
rbushfor 2D spatial indexing of geo and label data
bresenhamfor line point calculations
simplify-jsfor polyline simplifications
Handling the flow
bluebirdfor all the asynchronous Promise magic
node-fetchfor HTTP requests
userhometo determine where to persist downloaded tiles
GeoJSON support via geojson-vt
- startup parameters
- center position
- demo mode?
- startup parameters
- hover POIs/labels
- hover maybe even polygons/-lines?
- respect zoom based style ranges
- implement single vector-tile handling
- lukasmartinelli & manuelroth for all their work on OSM2VectorTiles (global vector tiles from OSM Planet)
- mourner for all his work on mindblowing GIS algorithms (like the used earcut, rbush, simplify-js, ..)
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You are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt our data, as long as you credit OpenStreetMap and its contributors. If you alter or build upon our data, you may distribute the result only under the same licence. The full legal code explains your rights and responsibilities.
The cartography in our map tiles, and our documentation, are licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence (CC BY-SA).