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The TileLayer is a composite layer that makes it possible to visualize very large datasets. Instead of fetching the entire dataset, it only loads and renders what's visible in the current viewport.

To use this layer, the data must be sliced into "tiles". Each tile has a pre-defined bounding box and level of detail. Users have the option to load each tile from a unique URL, defined by a template in the data property. The layer can also supply a callback getTileData that does custom fetching when a tile is requested. The loaded tile data is then rendered with the layer(s) returned by renderSubLayers.

import DeckGL from '';
import {BitmapLayer} from '';
import {TileLayer} from '';

function App({viewState}) {
  const layer = new TileLayer({
    data: '{z}/{x}/{y}.png',

    minZoom: 0,
    maxZoom: 19,
    tileSize: 256,

    renderSubLayers: props => {
      const {
        bbox: {west, south, east, north}
      } = props.tile;

      return new BitmapLayer(props, {
        data: null,
        bounds: [west, south, east, north]

  return <DeckGL viewState={viewState} layers={[layer]} />;


To install the dependencies from NPM:

npm install
# or
npm install
import {TileLayer} from '';
new TileLayer({});

To use pre-bundled scripts:

<script src="^8.0.0/dist.min.js"></script>
<!-- or -->
<script src="^8.0.0/dist.min.js"></script>
<script src="^8.0.0/dist.min.js"></script>
<script src="^8.0.0/dist.min.js"></script>
new deck.TileLayer({});

Indexing System

At each integer zoom level (z), the XY plane in the view space is divided into square tiles of the same size, each uniquely identified by their x and y index. When z increases by 1, the view space is scaled by 2, meaning that one tile at z covers the same area as four tiles at z+1.

When the TileLayer is used with a geospatial view such as the MapView, x, y, and z are determined from the OSM tile index.

When the TileLayer is used used with a non-geospatial view such as the OrthographicView or the OrbitView, x and y increment from the world origin, and each tile's width and height match that defined by the tileSize prop. For example, the tile x: 0, y: 0 occupies the square between [0, 0] and [tileSize, tileSize].


Inherits all properties from base Layer.

If using the default renderSubLayers, supports all GeoJSONLayer properties to style features.

Data Options

data (String|Array, optional)
  • Default: []

Either a URL template or an array of URL templates from which the tile data should be loaded.

If the value is a string: a URL template. Substrings {x} {y} and {z}, if present, will be replaced with a tile's actual index when it is requested.

If the value is an array: multiple URL templates. Each endpoint must return the same content for the same tile index. This can be used to work around domain sharding, allowing browsers to download more resources simultaneously. Requests made are balanced among the endpoints, based on the tile index.

getTileData (Function, optional)
  • Default: tile => load(tile.url)

If supplied, getTileData is called to retrieve the data of each tile. It receives one argument tile which contains the following fields:

  • x (Number) - x index of the tile
  • y (Number) - y index of the tile
  • z (Number) - z index of the tile
  • url (String) - resolved url of the tile if the data prop is provided, otherwise null
  • bbox (Object) - bounding box of the tile. When used with a geospatial view, bbox is in the shape of {west: <longitude>, north: <latitude>, east: <longitude>, south: <latitude>}. When used with a non-geospatial view, bbox is in the shape of {left, top, right, bottom}.
  • signal (Object) - an AbortSignal that may be signalled if there are too many queued requests. Note: only tiles that aren't visible will be aborted.

It should return either the tile data or a Promise that resolves to the tile data.

This prop is not required if data points to a supported format (JSON or image by default). Additional formats may be added by registering modules.

It is recommended to pass signal to any fetch calls and check its aborted property before doing any expensive computation. If signal is aborted, then throw or return falsy from getTileData so the data is not cached; do not return incomplete data. If signal is aborted, but getTileData still returns a truthy response, then its data will be cached.

const {signal} = tile;
const data = fetch(url, {signal});

if (signal.aborted) {
   return null;
// Expensive computation on returned data
tileSize (Number, optional)

The pixel dimension of the tiles, usually a power of 2.

The tile size represents the target pixel width and height of each tile when rendered. Smaller tile sizes display the content at higher resolution, while the layer needs to load more tiles to fill the same viewport.

  • Default: 512
maxZoom (Number|Null, optional)

Use tiles from this level when over-zoomed.

  • Default: null
minZoom (Number, optional)

Hide tiles when under-zoomed.

  • Default: 0
extent (Array, optional)

If provided, the layer will load and render the tiles in this box at minZoom when underzoomed (i.e. zoom < minZoom). The box is of the form [minX, minY, maxX, maxY].

If null, the layer will not display any tiles when underzoomed to avoid issuing too many tile requests.

  • Default: null
maxCacheSize (Number, optional)

The maximum number of tiles that can be cached. The tile cache keeps loaded tiles in memory even if they are no longer visible. It reduces the need to re-download the same data over and over again when the user pan/zooms around the map, providing a smoother experience.

If not supplied, the maxCacheSize is calculated as 5 times the number of tiles in the current viewport.

  • Default: null
maxCacheByteSize (Number, optional)

The maximum memory used for caching tiles. If this limit is supplied, getTileData must return an object that contains a byteLength field.

  • Default: null
refinementStrategy (Enum, optional)

How the tile layer refines the visibility of tiles. One of the following:

  • 'best-available': If a tile in the current viewport is waiting for its data to load, use cached content from the closest zoom level to fill the empty space. This approach minimizes the visual flashing due to missing content.
  • 'no-overlap': Avoid showing overlapping tiles when backfilling with cached content. This is usually favorable when tiles do not have opaque backgrounds.
  • 'never': Do not display any tile that is not selected.
  • Default: 'best-available'
maxRequests (Number, optional)

The maximum number of concurrent getTileData calls.

If <= 0, no throttling will occur, and getTileData may be called an unlimited number of times concurrently regardless of how long that tile is or was visible.

If > 0, a maximum of maxRequests instances of getTileData will be called concurrently. Requests may never be called if the tile wasn't visible long enough to be scheduled and started. Requests may also be aborted (through the signal passed to getTileData) if there are more than maxRequests ongoing requests and some of those are for tiles that are no longer visible.

If getTileData makes fetch requests against an HTTP 1 web server, then maxRequests should correlate to the browser's maximum number of concurrent fetch requests. For Chrome, the max is 6 per domain. If you use the data prop and specify multiple domains, you can increase this limit. For example, with Chrome and 3 domains specified, you can set maxRequests=18.

If the web server supports HTTP/2 (Open Chrome dev tools and look for "h2" in the Protocol column), then you can make an unlimited number of concurrent requests (and can set maxRequests=-1). Note that this will request data for every tile, no matter how long the tile was visible, and may increase server load.

  • Default: 6

Render Options

renderSubLayers (Function, optional)

Renders one or an array of Layer instances with all the TileLayer props and the following props:

  • id: An unique id for this sublayer
  • data: Resolved from getTileData. As of 8.2, this prop is always the data resolved from the Promise and is never a Promise itself.
  • tile: An object containing tile index x, y, z, and bbox of the tile.
  • Default: props => new GeoJsonLayer(props)

Note that the following sub layer props are overridden by TileLayer internally:

  • visible (toggled based on tile visibility)
  • highlightedObjectIndex (set based on the parent layer's highlight state)
zRange (Array, optional)

An array representing the range of minimum and maximum heights in the tile. This is designed to support extruded layers, such as the TerrainLayer, ensuring the right tiles are loaded and rendered. This prop currently only has effect when used with a geospatial view.

  • Default: null (interpreted as [0, 0])
modelMatrix (Matrix4, optional)

Affects both rendering and tile fetching to produce a transformed tile layer. Note that this can result in tiles being fetched outside the extent prop, for example if the modelMatrix defines a rotation.

  • Default: null


onViewportLoad (Function, optional)

onViewportLoad is a function that is called when all tiles in the current viewport are loaded. An array of loaded Tile instances are passed as argument to this function

  • Default: data => null
onTileLoad (Function, optional)

onTileLoad called when a tile successfully loads.

  • Default: () => {}

Receives arguments:

  • tile (Object) - the tile that has been loaded.
onTileError (Function, optional)

onTileError called when a tile failed to load.

  • Default: console.error

Receives arguments:

  • error (Error)
onTileUnload (Function, optional)

onTileUnload called when a tile is cleared from cache.

  • Default: () => {}

Receives arguments:

  • tile (Object) - the tile that has been cleared from cache.


Class to hold the reading of a single tile


  • x (Number) - x index of the tile
  • y (Number) - y index of the tile
  • z (Number) - z index of the tile
  • bbox (Object) - bounding box of the tile. When used with a geospatial view, bbox is in the shape of {west: <longitude>, north: <latitude>, east: <longitude>, south: <latitude>}. When used with a non-geospatial view, bbox is in the shape of {left, top, right, bottom}.
  • data (Array) - tiles content as returned by getTileData.