GIS: What is CartoDB


It’s a location intelligence tool to create amazing visualizations of geospatial data in the cloud. Upload your data, create your visualizations without a line of code and share them with the world.

  • Editor

    CartoDB is the web’s easiest tool to create, share, and publish your interactive maps. Use our powerful in-browser Editor to transform your data into beautiful visualizations.

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  •  Platform

    CartoDB hosts a multitude of high performance APIs to help leverage location intelligence and transform your data into actionable deep insights and develop masterful visualizations.

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  • Extras

    Build tools using CartoDB: layering maps with interactive functionality, and leveraging location-based data to clarify your message and amplify the global impact of your maps.

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    Data Attribution

    In CartoDB you can find two types of layers: basemaps and user data. Basemap is the layer that you see on the background of the maps and user data layer is the user data displayed on top of it. The data behind these two layers come from different places.

    • Basemaps

      We use a variety of different basemaps by default. We recommend you read their attribution information and respect their licenses when using them.

    • Stamen Tiles

      Stamen produces Toner, a tile set created using OpenStreetMap. Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under CC BY SA.

    •  User tileset

      On the CartoDB interface, the user has the possibility to use external tile sets. The attribution to those tile sets should be state by the user on the interface where it is publishing the map, or using the JS library to do so.

    • User data

      On CartoDB most data is uploaded by the users. When the users upload their data, they acknowledge they have the right to do so and should provide attribution information together with the map or as complementary text visible together with the map


      CartoDB is an Open Source project (under a BSD license) and it makes use of many different Open Source projects. It is very complicated to describe every single library/project used on the whole stack, so do not consider this a comprehensive list and please check the GitHub page for more information.



In CartoDB you can use several icon sets to style markers or patterns. Those icons or images come from different places:

  • Pin of maps

    A set of map icons created by Freepik.

  • Maki Icons

    An Open Source icon set from Mapbox.

  • SimpleCircle Places

    A set of map icons created by SimpleIcon.


    The Power of Location Data at Your Fingertips


    The CartoDB Editor

    The CartoDB Editor is a self-service mapping and analysis tool that combines an intuitive interface with powerful discovery features. Mix and combine your datasets to get fresh insights into your visualizations. You don’t need to be an expert to start mapping your data today. Point and click interfaces let you do everything from design, to analysis, to publishing APIs.

    Create rich, dynamic maps in moments

    Whether you’re starting from a spreadsheet, connecting your favorite business software, or drawing from vast sensor networks, CartoDB brings your location data to life. CartoDB looks through your data and suggests map types that highlight key trends. Our intuitive tools mean you can make your visualizations as simple – or sophisticated – as you like.

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    Insights at your fingertips

    The CartoDB Editor helps you ask ‘where’ and ‘why.’ Filter, cluster, and explore location-based trends. Test your hunches and gain new perspective by incorporating our public, market-specific, and specialty data. Do advanced analysis on the fly, and see the results in real time.

    Discover location insights across industries

    Polish and Publish

    From the boardroom to major media outlets, CartoDB maps tell data stories with clarity and power. Share your insights securely with your team, or broadcast them to the world.

    • Seamless Embedding

      Embed your map in your article or blog, Reddit, WordPress or nearly anywhere. Every CartoDB plan includes unlimited map views — just watch it go viral.

    •  Pixel-Perfect Styling

      Adjust the style, annotate, and animate your maps to convey just the right message. Play around with style variations to get just the right visual.

    • Public and Private Sharing

      Publish and share your data visualizations safely and securely. Share your data-driven insights with just your colleagues or the world.


    The CartoDB Advantage

    •  Born on the Web

      Never any software to install, so you can access the latest features any time, anywhere.

    •  Easy to Learn

      Great tutorials and documentation, and a gallery of amazing example visualizations.

    • Sync Your Data

      CartoDB connects to the places where your data already lives, so your analysis is always up-to-date.

    •  Amazing Support

      Our customer success experts are here to help. Receive the care that a cartographer needs.

    • Secure

      Our editor is built with leading, secure cloud-based providers. Your Location Intelligence stays your business – safe and sound.

    •  Performance

      We’re designed to answer big questions. Even with millions of data points and a huge audience, CartoDB stays speedy.

    •  Powerful APIs

      The perfect engine for building location-intelligent applications. Get more out of your data with our APIs or build your own.

    •  Enterprise-Ready

      Smart, flexible controls to share and manage datasets, connections and visualizations.


    Plays well with others

    CartoDB supports the formats and tools you use every day.

    File formats

    • CSV
    • GEOjson
    • SQL
    • KML
    • XLS
    • ESRI Shapefile
    • GEOtiff
    • GPX
    • GTFS

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Location intelligence for your industry

Organizations from around the world use CartoDB to leverage location intelligence for actionable insights. View behavior analysis to Location Intelligence data-driven visualizations.