Map Matching

The MapMatcher class from the module provides access to the Mapbox Map Matching API. You can also import it directly from the mapbox module.

>>> from mapbox import MapMatcher

See for general documentation of the API.

Your Mapbox access token should be set in your environment; see the access tokens documentation for more information.

MapMatcher methods

The methods of the MapMatcher class return an instance of requests.Response.

In addition to the json() method that returns Python data parsed from the API, the responses provide a geojson() method that converts that data to a GeoJSON like form.


The Mapbox Map Matching API lets you take recorded GPS traces and snap them to the OpenStreetMap road and path network. This is helpful for aligning noisy traces and displaying them cleanly on a map.

The Map Matching API is limited to 60 requests per minute and results must be displayed on a Mapbox map using one of our SDKs. For high volume or other use cases, contact us.

>>> service = MapMatcher()

The input data to the Map Matcher must be a single GeoJSON-like Feature with a LineString geometry. The optional coordTimes property should be an array of the same length as the coordinates containing timestamps to help make the matching more accurate.

>>> line = {
...     "type": "Feature",
...     "properties": {
...         "coordTimes": [
...             "2015-04-21T06:00:00Z",
...             "2015-04-21T06:00:05Z",
...             "2015-04-21T06:00:10Z",
...             "2015-04-21T06:00:15Z",
...             "2015-04-21T06:00:20Z"]},
...     "geometry": {
...         "type": "LineString",
...         "coordinates": [
...             [13.418946862220764, 52.50055852688439],
...             [13.419011235237122, 52.50113000479732],
...             [13.419756889343262, 52.50171780290061],
...             [13.419885635375975, 52.50237416816131],
...             [13.420631289482117, 52.50294888790448]]}}

Use the match() method to match the LineString to a profile.

>>> response = service.match(line, profile='mapbox.driving')
>>> response.status_code
>>> response.headers['Content-Type']
'application/json; charset=utf-8'

The response geojson contains a FeatureCollection with a single feature, with the new LineString corrected to match segments from the selected profile.

>>> corrected = response.geojson()['features'][0]
>>> corrected['geometry']['type']
>>> corrected['geometry'] == line['geometry']
>>> len(corrected['geometry']) == len(line['geometry'])

See import mapbox; help(mapbox.MapMatcher) for more detailed usage.