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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.

  • OpenStreetMap data

    OpenStreetMap® is open data, licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL) by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF).

  • 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:

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