Introduction: The open-source fork of Mapbox GL Native: Code & SDK for iOS, Android and other platforms
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SDK for iOS, Android and other platforms

MapLibre GL Native is a community led fork derived from mapbox-gl-native prior to their switch to a non-OSS license. The fork also includes Maps SDK for iOS and MacOS (forked from mapbox-gl-native-ios) and Android SDK (forked from mapbox-gl-native-android). These platform-specific SDKs were merged under platform directory and they reference mapbox-gl-native directly, not as a submodule.

Beside merging in platform specific SDKs, the following changes were made compared to original mapbox projects:

  • The code was upgraded so that it can be built using latest clang compiler / Xcode 12.
  • CI/CD was migrated from CircleCI to GitHub Actions.
  • Along with GitHub releases, binaries are distributed as follows:
    • The iOS binaries distribution was upgraded from fat packages to Swift package containing XCFramework.
    • The Android binaries are distributed to GitHub maven package repository.

The mapbox-gl-native was forked from d60fd30 - mgbl 1.6.0, mapbox-gl-native-ios from a139216 and mapbox-gl-native-android from 4c12fb2

Build Status

SDK Build Build status
Maps SDK for iOS CI GitHub Action build status
Maps SDK for iOS Release GitHub Action build status
Maps SDK for Android CI GitHub Action build status
Maps SDK for Android Release GitHub Action build status



  1. Add bintray maven repositories to your build.gradle at project level so that you can access MapLibre packages for Android:

         allprojects {
             repositories {

    Note: Bintray was turn off May 1st, 2021 so we migrated all packages to maven central.

  2. Add the library as a dependency into your module build.gradle

         dependencies {
             implementation ''
  3. Sync gradle and rebuild your app


  1. To add a package dependency to your Xcode project, select File > Swift Packages > Add Package Dependency and enter its repository URL. You can also navigate to your target’s General pane, and in the “Frameworks, Libraries, and Embedded Content” section, click the + button, select Add Other, and choose Add Package Dependency.

  2. Either add MapLibre GitHub distribution URL ( or search for maplibre-gl-native package.

  3. Choose "next". Xcode should clone the distribution repository and download the binaries.

Alternative installation

You can also download pre-build from releases in this repository.

How to create your own build

Source code checkout

git clone --recurse-submodules


MapLibre uses tags for its Android & iOS releases based on SemVer versioning. This is useful for checking out a particular released version for feature enhancments or debugging.

You can list available tags by issuing the command git tag, then use the result

# 1. Obtain a list of tags, which matches to release versions
git tag

# 2. Set a convenience variable with the desired TAG
# TAG=android-v9.2.1
# TAG=android-v9.4.2
# TAG=ios-v5.12.0-pre.1

# 3. Check out a particular TAG
git checkout tags/$TAG -b $TAG

# 4. build, debug or enhance features based on the tag
# clean, if you need to troubleshoot build dependencies by using `make clean`


Make sure you have set Android SDK path in platform/android/, variable sdk.dir

cd platform/android
BUILDTYPE=Release make apackage

Binaries are produced in platform/android/MapboxGLAndroidSDK/build/outputs/aar/MapboxGLAndroidSDK-release.aar Please refer to Mapbox Maps SDK for Android for detailed instructions.


You can run automated test on a Simulator or Device by changing to the Scheme iosapp and choosing Product > Test (or use ⌘-U). Use ⌘-9 to navigate to Reports to see results and browse through screenshots. This method of testing should work well with CI tools such as GitHub Actions, Xcode Server Bots, & AWS Device Farm.

cd platform/ios

# make and open the Xcode workspace
make iproj

# make Xcode workspace, but run in headless mode
make iproj CI=1

# Make Frameworks
make xcframework BUILDTYPE=Release

# test
make ios-test

# UITests
#   You can review uitest results:  $(IOS_OUTPUT_PATH)/Logs/Test
 make ios-uitest

The packaging script will produce a Mapbox.xcframework in the platform/ios/build/ios/pkg/dynamic folder. Please refer to Mapbox Maps SDK for iOS for detailed instructions.


cd platform/ios
make xpackage

This produces a Mapbox.framework in the platform/ios/build/macos/pkg/ folder. Please refer to Mapbox Maps SDK for macos for detailed instructions.

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