MapQuest iOS SDK

Offline Maps

The MapQuest Maps SDK automatically caches about 50MB worth of styles and tiles locally, however if you need to download a specific region the latest SDK supports this with some limitations detailed below.

The MapQuest Maps SDK downloads tiles when any connection is available and because only individual highly-optimized tiles are downloaded, there should be no large downloads incured just by opening the map in a region that's already downloaded unless the user is browsing a very large amount of tiles. When the SDK automatically updates offline map tiles, the offline region is not re-download from scratch. The offline tile update process is the same process as with regular map tiles: The map tile's only downloaded if there's a new version of that tile.

Downloading a region

Downloading a region requires first defining a region and some meta-data for user-visible names of the downloaded region. Then you pass this into the MGLOfflineStorage to download the region. When defining a region to download, keep in mind the following requirements:

  • Style URL
  • The bounds used for the download must not go over the 6,000 tile limit
  • Zoom level range
@import Mapbox;
@import MapQuestMaps;

@interface ViewController() <MGLMapViewDelegate>

@property (nonatomic, weak) IBOutlet MQMapView *mapView;
@property (nonatomic) UIProgressView *progressView;


@implementation ViewController

- (void)viewDidLoad {
    // Setup offline pack notification handlers.
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(offlinePackProgressDidChange:) name:MGLOfflinePackProgressChangedNotification object:nil];
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(offlinePackDidReceiveError:) name:MGLOfflinePackErrorNotification object:nil];
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(offlinePackDidReceiveMaximumAllowedMapboxTiles:) name:MGLOfflinePackMaximumMapboxTilesReachedNotification object:nil];
- (void)startOfflinePackDownload {
    // Create a region that includes the current viewport and any tiles needed to view it when zoomed further in.
    // Because tile count grows exponentially with the maximum zoom level, you should be conservative with your `toZoomLevel` setting.
    id  region = [[MGLTilePyramidOfflineRegion alloc] initWithStyleURL:self.mapView.styleURL bounds:self.mapView.visibleCoordinateBounds fromZoomLevel:self.mapView.zoomLevel toZoomLevel:16];
    // Store some data for identification purposes alongside the downloaded resources.
    NSDictionary *userInfo = @{ @"name": @"My Offline Pack" };
    NSData *context = [NSKeyedArchiver archivedDataWithRootObject:userInfo];
    // Create and register an offline pack with the shared offline storage object.
    [[MGLOfflineStorage sharedOfflineStorage] addPackForRegion:region withContext:context completionHandler:^(MGLOfflinePack *pack, NSError *error) {
        if (error != nil) {
            // The pack couldn’t be created for some reason.
            NSLog(@"Error: %@", error.localizedFailureReason);
        } else {
            // Start downloading.
            [pack resume];

 #pragma mark - MGLOfflinePack notification handlers

- (void)offlinePackProgressDidChange:(NSNotification *)notification {
    MGLOfflinePack *pack = notification.object;
    // Get the associated user info for the pack; in this case, `name = My Offline Pack`
    NSDictionary *userInfo = [NSKeyedUnarchiver unarchiveObjectWithData:pack.context];
    MGLOfflinePackProgress progress = pack.progress;
    // or [notification.userInfo[MGLOfflinePackProgressUserInfoKey] MGLOfflinePackProgressValue]
    uint64_t completedResources = progress.countOfResourcesCompleted;
    uint64_t expectedResources = progress.countOfResourcesExpected;
    // Calculate current progress percentage.
    float progressPercentage = (float)completedResources / expectedResources;
    // Setup the progress bar.
    if (!self.progressView) {
        self.progressView = [[UIProgressView alloc] initWithProgressViewStyle:UIProgressViewStyleDefault];
        CGSize frame = self.view.bounds.size;
        self.progressView.frame = CGRectMake(frame.width / 4, frame.height * 0.75, frame.width / 2, 10);
        [self.view addSubview:self.progressView];
    [self.progressView setProgress:progressPercentage animated:YES];

- (void)offlinePackDidReceiveError:(NSNotification *)notification {
    MGLOfflinePack *pack = notification.object;
    NSDictionary *userInfo = [NSKeyedUnarchiver unarchiveObjectWithData:pack.context];
    NSError *error = notification.userInfo[MGLOfflinePackUserInfoKeyError];
    NSLog(@"Offline pack “%@” received error: %@", userInfo[@"name"], error.localizedFailureReason);

- (void)offlinePackDidReceiveMaximumAllowedMapboxTiles:(NSNotification *)notification {
    MGLOfflinePack *pack = notification.object;
    NSDictionary *userInfo = [NSKeyedUnarchiver unarchiveObjectWithData:pack.context];
    uint64_t maximumCount = [notification.userInfo[MGLOfflinePackUserInfoKeyMaximumCount] unsignedLongLongValue];
    NSLog(@"Offline pack “%@” reached limit of %llu tiles.", userInfo[@"name"], maximumCount);
import MapQuestMaps
import Mapbox

class ViewController: UIViewController, MGLMapViewDelegate, UIActionSheetDelegate {

    @IBOutlet fileprivate weak var mapView: MQMapView?
    var progressView: UIProgressView!

    fileprivate func addAnnotation() {
        //create annotation, add it to the map, then center the map on it using
        //setCenterCoordinate - allows you to customize the zoomlevel
        let  mapQuestHQ = MGLPointAnnotation()
        mapQuestHQ.coordinate = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 39.750307, longitude: -104.999472)
        mapQuestHQ.title = "MapQuest"
        mapQuestHQ.subtitle = "Welcome to Denver!"

        mapView?.setCenter(mapQuestHQ.coordinate, zoomLevel: 12, animated: false)

    func mapViewDidFinishLoadingMap(_ mapView: MGLMapView) {

        // Setup offline pack notification handlers.
        NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(offlinePackProgressDidChange), name: NSNotification.Name.MGLOfflinePackProgressChanged, object: nil)
        NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(offlinePackDidReceiveError), name: NSNotification.Name.MGLOfflinePackError, object: nil)
        NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(offlinePackDidReceiveMaximumAllowedMapboxTiles), name: NSNotification.Name.MGLOfflinePackMaximumMapboxTilesReached, object: nil)

    deinit {
        // Remove offline pack observers.

     // MARK: - MGLOfflinePack notification handlers
    @objc func offlinePackProgressDidChange(notification: NSNotification) {
        // Get the offline pack this notification is regarding,
        // and the associated user info for the pack; in this case, `name = My Offline Pack`
        if let pack = notification.object as? MGLOfflinePack {
            let progress = pack.progress
            // or notification.userInfo![MGLOfflinePackProgressUserInfoKey]!.MGLOfflinePackProgressValue
            let completedResources = progress.countOfResourcesCompleted
            let expectedResources = progress.countOfResourcesExpected
            // Calculate current progress percentage.
            let progressPercentage = Float(completedResources) / Float(expectedResources)
            // Setup the progress bar.
            if progressView == nil {
                progressView = UIProgressView(progressViewStyle: .default)
                let frame = view.bounds.size
                progressView.frame = CGRect(x: frame.width / 4, y: frame.height * 0.75, width: frame.width / 2, height: 10)
            progressView.progress = progressPercentage
    @objc func offlinePackDidReceiveError(notification: NSNotification) {
        if let pack = notification.object as? MGLOfflinePack,
            let userInfo = NSKeyedUnarchiver.unarchiveObject(with: pack.context) as? [String: String],
            let error = notification.userInfo?[MGLOfflinePackUserInfoKey.error] as? NSError {
            print("Offline pack “\(userInfo["name"] ?? "unknown")” received error: \(error.localizedFailureReason ?? "unknown error")")
    @objc func offlinePackDidReceiveMaximumAllowedMapboxTiles(notification: NSNotification) {
        if let pack = notification.object as? MGLOfflinePack,
            let userInfo = NSKeyedUnarchiver.unarchiveObject(with: pack.context) as? [String: String],
            let maximumCount = (notification.userInfo?[MGLOfflinePackUserInfoKey.maximumCount] as AnyObject).uint64Value {
            print("Offline pack “\(userInfo["name"] ?? "unknown")” reached limit of \(maximumCount) tiles.")

Managing Downloaded Regions

Once a region is downloaded, you will want to be able to list the downloaded regions including deleting regions. Deleting a region also cleans up the off-line database. The sample below shows how to list regions and delete the last one.


An app can download multiple regions for offline use, but the total offline download is capped at a maximum tile count “ceiling” across all downloaded regions of about 6000 tiles. As an example, the Denver Metro Area is about 40-50 tiles.

The SDK places no limit on the number of offline regions that may be created. Our terms of service do not allow you or an end user to redistribute offline maps downloaded.