The mapsforge project provides free and open software for the rendering of maps based on OpenStreetMap data. Currently, we offer a library for ad-hoc map rendering on Android devices and in Java stand-alone applications.

Code Quality Rank: L3
Programming language: Java
License: GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0 only
Tags: Geospatial    
Latest version: v0.13.0

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Maven Central License: LGPL v3


See the [integration guide](docs/Integration.md) and [changelog](docs/Changelog.md). And read through [how to contribute](docs/CONTRIBUTING.md) guidelines.

If you have any questions or problems, don't hesitate to ask the Discussions for help.

  • Mapsforge project uses a [compact file format](docs/Specification-Binary-Map-File.md) for fast ad-hoc rendering of OpenStreetMap data.
  • We provide tools to [compile your own maps](docs/Getting-Started-Map-Writer.md) with detailed [instructions](docs/MapCreation.md) and also precompiled maps.
  • It provides [simple boilerplate code](mapsforge-samples-android/src/main/java/org/mapsforge/samples/android/GettingStarted.java) to build applications for Android that display OpenStreetMap-based maps.
  • It provides a library to build standalone applications in Java ([instructions](docs/Desktop.md)).
  • Mapsforge maps can be flexibly styled with XML style files ([render themes](docs/Rendertheme.md)).
  • We provide [tools & library](docs/POI.md) for POI search and also precompiled POI.
  • Mapsforge supports Android 2.3.3 (API level 10) and above.
  • Mapsforge is used by many [applications](docs/Mapsforge-Applications.md).
  • Mapsforge is in active [development](docs/Contributors.md).
  • Mapsforge [map providers](docs/Mapsforge-Maps.md).
  • Mapsforge [talks](docs/Mapsforge-Talks.md).
  • Building Mapsforge: set ANDROID_HOME environment variable with the Android SDK installation directory


Mapsforge library is under LGPL v3 license, with an important simplification: the constraints mentioned in sections LGPL v3 §4(d) and §4(e) are waived.

This means that you are allowed to convey a Combined Work without providing the user any way to recombine or relink the application and without providing any shared library mechanism.

In other words, you are allowed to include Mapsforge library in your Android application, without making your application open source.



*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Mapsforge README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.