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I'm trying to create vector mbtiles and style them from OSM data. I used the steps outlined:

I downloaded .osm data and convert them to PostGIS then used OSM bright style and was able to see the map come nicely and styled using TileMill (desktop app). Now I wanted to export the tiles to mbtiles format so I can self host them with their styles. When I tried this, TileMill wanted to create a large mbtiles file. From searching on the web, TileMill seems to generate raster files and hence the large size. My goal is to generate a vector based mbtiles (smaller size and more flexible for styling).

Are there alternatives on Windows to generate vector mbtiles either from .osm or .osm converted to PostGIS ?

Thanks for any hints or pointers.


asked 27 Mar '16, 16:47

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edited 28 Mar '16, 12:50


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(28 Mar '16, 11:39) SimonPoole ♦

Thanks for clarification. I edited my question to be OSM only.

(28 Mar '16, 12:51) Jeff_Lacoste

I'm not sure there is really a mature stack yet, but there are alternatives. One is Tilemaker:

And recently .

(There's probably more worth mentioning, but those are projects with recent activity)

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answered 27 Mar '16, 18:24

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Thank you 'maxerickson' for your response. I checkout 'TileMaker' but unfortunately its not built on Windows as I'm using Windows. Also I checkout but in the doc how to create own tiles, it recommend using docker-compose that is not available on Windows. Also the how to use Docker is explained to a level that I can't just read and run with it.

(28 Mar '16, 15:41) Jeff_Lacoste

Meanwhile there is a successor to osm2vectortiles:

(16 Jun '17, 13:49) scai ♦

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