Add Mapbox map styles as basemaps in ArcMap

Last Published: April 25, 2020


A basemap provides information about features present in an area such as streets, waterways and boundaries. Some basemaps are customized with additional features such as hiking and biking trails and these basemaps can be imported from other applications such as Mapbox to ArcMap.

Mapbox is an open source mapping platform for mobile and web applications. To browse the collection of maps in the application, create and sign in to the Mapbox account.


To add a Mapbox map style as a basemap in ArcMap, create the basemap in Mapbox and share the basemap to ArcMap.

Mapbox is a third-party product and may consume credits. Esri is not responsible for positioning inaccuracies, subsequent updates, errors, or omissions of data.

In the Mapbox website

  1. On the Mapbox Gallery page, select the desired basemap style, and click Learn More. In this example, the Bubble map is used.
Desired Basemap
  1. Click Add Bubble to your account to add the map style to the Mapbox account.
  Add Bubble option
  1. In the Mapbox Studio style editor, click Share to open the Share dialog box.
Share option
  1. Click Third party under the Developer resources section, and select WMTS from the drop-down list.
  2. Click the Copy icon Copy icon at the end of the Integration URL field to copy the integration URL.
Developer Resources section

In ArcMap

  1. Open ArcMap, navigate to the Catalog pane, and expand GIS Servers.
Catalog pane
  1. Double-click Add WMTS Server.
Add WMTS Service
  1. In the Add WMTS Server dialog box, paste the integration URL copied in step 5 of the Mapbox workflow above, and click OK.
Add WMTS dialog box
  1. Navigate to the Catalog pane, collapse, and expand GIS Servers to activate the basemap from Mapbox.
Catalog pane
  1. Once activated, drag and drop the basemap onto the data frame.
Final outcome

Article ID:000022061

  • ArcMap

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