Making your own vector tiles on Windows

26/11/2019 at 17 h 05 min

You’re a vector tiles lover but you are a Windows user and you don’t know how to build your .mbtiles files ?

Don’t worry, I have a solution !

1. Install Cygwin

If you don’t know Cygwin, it’s a little program which is provide you
a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows.

Go here :

Download and install the Cygwin version for Windows.

2. Install tippecanoe

Now open Cygwin in admin mode et clone tippecanoe on your machine :

git clone

The tippecanoe source code must be saved into the home Cygwin directory :


Next step, go to this directory and open the Makefile

In this file, add this text -U__STRICT_ANSI__
at the end of the line beginning by CXXFLAGS,Like this : CXXFLAGS := $(CXXFLAGS) -std=c++11 -U__STRICT_ANSI__

3. Compile tippecanoe and start the production of your own vector tiles on Windows !

Last step ! In Cygwin, go to your tippecanoe directory :

cd tippecanoe

You only have to compile and install the tippecanoe source code by tipping :



make install

And voilà ! You are now able to build your own vector tiles on your Windows machine !

I let you with this command line for starting your .mbtiles production (the -zg option will make Tippecanoe choose a maximum zoom level that should be high enough to reflect the precision of the original data) : 

tippecanoe -zg -o "D:\output_path\outpu_name_file.mbtiles" --generate-ids "D:\input_path\input_name_file.geojson"

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