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Haskell library for interfacing with MapBox MBTiles files.

Documentation available on Hackage.


  • Getting tiles by zoom, x, and y.
  • Writing new tiles by zoom, x, and y.
  • Updating existing tiles by zoom, x, and y.
  • Accessing metadata from the mbtiles file.

Basic Usage

Reading, writing, and updating tiles:

{-# LANGUAGE OverloadedStrings #-}

import qualified Data.ByteString.Lazy as BL
import           Database.Mbtiles

main = do
  let myData = "myTileData" :: BL.ByteString
  runMbtiles "my/path/to/file.mbtiles" $ do
    maybeTileData <- getTile (Z 0) (X 0) (Y 0)
    case maybeTileData of
      Nothing  -> writeTile (Z 0) (X 0) (Y 0) myData
      (Just d) -> updateTile (Z 0) (X 0) (Y 0) $ BL.init d

Getting metadata:

import Control.Monad.IO.Class
import Database.Mbtiles

main = do
  runMbtiles "my/path/to/file.mbtiles" $ do
    liftIO . print =<< getName
    liftIO . print =<< getType
    liftIO . print =<< getFormat

Future Work

  • Improve database error handling.
  • Investigate usage as a performant tile server.
  • Add tests.
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