Features of MapTiler Desktop

Powerful and intuitive

Follow step-by-step guide, load or assign geolocation and get a perfect map in a few clicks.

Freedom of map hosting

Host your maps wherever you want - on your server, in the cloud, behind a firewall or even offline.

Modify input data

Clip, color correct, transform coordinate systems or merge multiple images together easily.

View everywhere

From web and mobile phones to desktop applications. Your maps are available in standardized formats.

Explore the graphical user interface of MapTiler

Preparing your own maps can’t be easier!

Drag and drop your image

Drag and drop your image

Drag & drop downloaded geodata, acquired aerial imagery or maps made with GIS, AutoCAD or Photoshop.

Supported formats: GeoPDF, GeoTIFF, JPEG, PNG, JPEG2000, and much more

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User interface

Overlay an image over map

Set the coordinate system

Set the coordinate system

In most of the cases, just click on the Set button to get the expected result.

The preselected coordinate system is WGS84, however, MapTiler supports a variety of coordinate systems, including many national coordinate systems, which are browseable through the search field.

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Coordinate system search Y

Set coordinate systems

Visually geolocate

Visually geolocate

If your image was already geolocated, it will be loaded automatically. If not or you want to change the position, select Assign location visually.

In visual georeferencer, you need to select at least three points from both your image and a background map. This is how the software finds out how to overlay the image to the map of the world.

Learn more

Position of the map - Georeferencing

Georeferencer - complete functionality list

Select the output format

Select the output format

MapTiler Desktop supports a variety of output formats. For publishing on your web, select the Folder option. MBTiles is suitable for the use in mobile devices. The GeoPackage delivers one file for an exchange between different GIS software.

Cloud hosting pushes your files directly into either Amazon S3 or Google Cloud storage. The Mobile device option instantly uploads the map to your mobile device.

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Folder, MBTiles or GeoPackage options

Use the final map

Use the final map

Once the rendering is finished, you can view the final map in the internal viewer or using your browser if you choose the Folder option for rendering.

Once uploaded to a hosting, you can start using the map with JavaScript libraries, in desktop GIS software, on your mobile or in the on-line geoeditor.

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MBTiles offline viewer

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How it works


Create a map with GIS, AutoCAD or Photoshop


Process the map with MapTiler


Send your map to any webhosting, tablet or mobile device.

Top features

Assign location visually

Your geolocation data is automatically loaded if your input map already has it embedded. Otherwise, images, scanned maps or maps created by designers can be positioned with a set of coordinates or even visually. It is quick and precise.


Hosting maps anywhere

Use included cloud uploader for Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Storage or just drag and drop the folder generated by MapTiler to any standard web hosting. You can use the existing company web server, or free hosting, such as Google Drive or DropBox.

Video tutorials

Map output options


Web apps
Standard hosting


One package file
Cloud hosting


Mobile devices

Cloud hosting

Amazon S3
Google cloud storage

Mobile device

Offline preview
on iOS and Android

How to use the processed map?

Other hosting options in the how-to section.

MapTiler Engine

Create automated workflows with the full power of MapTiler Desktop through the command line interface usable as API.

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MapTiler gui

Technical specification

Operating systems

  • Windows 7+
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer
  • macOS 10.9+
  • Linux 64bit Debian, Ubuntu, RedHat, Fedora

Input formats

  • TIFF/GeoTIFF, MrSID, ECW, JPEG2000/GeoJP2, Erdas HFA, NOAA BSB/KAP, Ozi Explorer OZF2/OZFx3, JPEG, GIF, PNG
  • GeoPDF
  • TIFF with RGB color model, partly supported CMYK
  • 8bit or 16bit integer per band, 1, 3 or 4 bands


  • TMS, TileJSON, MBTiles, GeoPackage

Supported coordinate systems

  • Complete EPSG database + custom defined SRS via Proj4. Over 6000 systems world-wide.


  • Visual georeferencing
  • Bounding box
  • Affine 6 coordinates
  • Corners location (east1 north1 east2 north2 east3 north3)
  • Import of GCPs
  • ESRI World files (.wld, .tfw, .jpw, )
  • TAB files
  • Projection system (.prj)

Web viewers

  • Google Maps JavaScript API
  • Leaflet (v1)
  • OpenLayers (v4)
  • Bing Maps SDK
  • Mapbox.JS
  • ArcGIS for JavaScript
  • WebGL Earth
  • Cesium
  • Google Earth API

Output tile formats

  • PNG (png8, png24, png32)
  • JPEG (progressive)
  • Hybrid (JPEG for solid + PNG for transparent)
  • HiDPI / Retina output is supported

Output tiling scheme

  • Global Mercator / Spherical Mercator (EPSG:3857) - link to tiles a la Google Maps
  • Global Geodetic (EPSG:4326)
  • Google Earth SuperOverlay raster
  • Tile grids presets: S-JTSK/Krovak, Baidu (China), Yandex (Russia), OSGB 1936 (United Kingdom) and more
  • Custom coordinates in user defined grid
  • Raster tiling for images without georeference

Output container

  • Folder
  • MBTiles
  • OGC GeoPackage

Desktop viewers

  • Google Earth
  • ArcGIS for Desktop
  • QGIS (Quantum GIS)
  • uDIG
  • any viewer supporting OGC WMTS

Mobile native viewers

  • Google Maps SDK for iOS
  • Google Maps SDK for Android
  • MapBox iOS SDK
  • MapBox Android SDK
  • Apple MapKit
  • RouteMe
  • OSMDroid
  • any viewer supporting OGC WMTS or TileJSON

GPS viewers

  • Garmin Custom Maps KMZ

Mobile applications

  • GeoEditor for MapTiler
  • Locus
  • MotionX GPS


  • direct upload to any webhosting
  • PHP hosting with TileServer-PHP
  • JavaScript environment with TileServer-GL

Hosting (cloud storage)

  • Amazon S3 (with direct upload)
  • Google Cloud Storage (with direct upload)
  • Hosting
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
  • Google Drive

Raster operations

  • clipping with a cutline (pixel coordinates)
  • clipping with a shape (SHP)
  • merge multiple input files to produce a seamless map (MapTiler Desktop Pro only)
  • different maps on different zoom levels (MapTiler Desktop Pro only)
  • color corrections (MapTiler Desktop Pro only)


  • full command line control for scripting
  • batch processing of multiple files to produce distinct outputs (multiple folders or MBTiles)