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Mapbox Navigation SDK for iOS

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Mapbox Navigation SDK

Mapbox Navigation gives you all the tools you need to add turn-by-turn navigation to your iOS application.

Get up and running in a few minutes with our drop-in turn-by-turn navigation NavigationViewController, or build a completely custom turn-by-turn navigation app with our core components for routing and navigation.




The Mapbox Navigation SDK and Core Navigation are compatible with applications written in Swift 5 in Xcode 11.4.1 and above. The Mapbox Navigation and Mapbox Core Navigation frameworks run on iOS 10.0 and above.

The Mapbox Navigation SDK is also available for Android.


Using CocoaPods

To install Mapbox Navigation using CocoaPods:

  1. Go to your Mapbox account dashboard and create an access token that has the DOWNLOADS:READ scope. PLEASE NOTE: This is not the same as your production Mapbox API token. Make sure to keep it private and do not insert it into any Info.plist file. Create a file named .netrc in your home directory if it doesn’t already exist, then add the following lines to the end of the file:

    machine api.mapbox.com 
      login mapbox

    where PRIVATE_MAPBOX_API_TOKEN is your Mapbox API token with the DOWNLOADS:READ scope.

  2. Create a Podfile with the following specification:

    # Latest stable release
    pod 'MapboxNavigation', '~> 1.4'
    # Latest prerelease
    pod 'MapboxCoreNavigation', :git => 'https://github.com/mapbox/mapbox-navigation-ios.git', :tag => 'v2.0.0-beta.5'
    pod 'MapboxNavigation', :git => 'https://github.com/mapbox/mapbox-navigation-ios.git', :tag => 'v2.0.0-beta.5'
  3. Run pod repo update && pod install and open the resulting Xcode workspace.

Using Carthage

To install Mapbox Navigation using Carthage v0.35 or above:

  1. Go to your Mapbox account dashboard and create an access token that has the DOWNLOADS:READ scope. PLEASE NOTE: This is not the same as your production Mapbox API token. Make sure to keep it private and do not insert it into any Info.plist file. Create a file named .netrc in your home directory if it doesn’t already exist, then add the following lines to the end of the file:

    machine api.mapbox.com
      login mapbox

    where PRIVATE_MAPBOX_API_TOKEN is your Mapbox API token with the DOWNLOADS:READ scope.

  2. (Optional) Clear your Carthage caches:

    rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/carthage/ ~/Library/Caches/org.carthage.CarthageKit/binaries/{MapboxAccounts,MapboxCommon-ios,MapboxNavigationNative,mapbox-ios-sdk-dynamic}
  3. Create a Cartfile with the following dependency:

    # Latest stable release
    github "mapbox/mapbox-navigation-ios" ~> 1.4
  4. Run ./Carthage/Checkouts/mapbox-navigation-ios/scripts/wcarthage.sh bootstrap --platform iOS --cache-builds --use-netrc. (wcarthage.sh is a temporary replacement for carthage to work around a linker error in Xcode 12.)

  5. Follow the rest of Carthage’s iOS integration instructions. Your application target’s Embed Frameworks build phase should include MapboxNavigation.framework, MapboxCoreNavigation.framework, MapboxNavigationNative.framework, MapboxCommon.framework, and MapboxAccounts.framework.

Using Swift Package Manager

The MapboxNavigation framework does not yet support Swift Package Manager either on the command line or in Xcode. However, if you are building a user interface from scratch, you can install just the MapboxCoreNavigation framework using SPM.


  1. Mapbox APIs and vector tiles require a Mapbox account and API access token. In the project editor, select the application target, then go to the Info tab. Under the “Custom iOS Target Properties” section, set MGLMapboxAccessToken to your access token. You can obtain an access token from the Mapbox account page.

  2. In order for the SDK to track the user’s location as they move along the route, set NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription to:

    Shows your location on the map and helps improve the map.

  3. Users expect the SDK to continue to track the user’s location and deliver audible instructions even while a different application is visible or the device is locked. Go to the Signing & Capabilities tab. Under the Background Modes section, enable “Audio, AirPlay, and Picture in Picture” and “Location updates”. (Alternatively, add the audio and location values to the UIBackgroundModes array in the Info tab.)

Now import the relevant modules and present a new NavigationViewController. You can also push to a navigation view controller from within a storyboard if your application’s UI is laid out in Interface Builder.

import MapboxDirections
import MapboxCoreNavigation
import MapboxNavigation
// Define two waypoints to travel between
let origin = Waypoint(coordinate: CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 38.9131752, longitude: -77.0324047), name: "Mapbox")
let destination = Waypoint(coordinate: CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 38.8977, longitude: -77.0365), name: "White House")

// Set options
let routeOptions = NavigationRouteOptions(waypoints: [origin, destination])

// Request a route using MapboxDirections
Directions.shared.calculate(routeOptions) { [weak self] (session, result) in
    switch result {
    case .failure(let error):
    case .success(let response):
        guard let route = response.routes?.first, let strongSelf = self else {
        // Pass the generated route to the the NavigationViewController
        let viewController = NavigationViewController(for: route, routeIndex: 0, routeOptions: routeOptions)
        viewController.modalPresentationStyle = .fullScreen
        strongSelf.present(viewController, animated: true, completion: nil)

Consult the API reference for further details.


The API reference includes example code for accomplishing common tasks. You can run these examples as part of the navigation-ios-examples project.

This repository also contains a testbed that exercises a variety of navigation SDK features:

  1. Clone the repository or download the .zip file
  2. Run carthage update --platform ios --use-netrc to build just the iOS dependencies.
  3. Open MapboxNavigation.xcodeproj.
  4. Sign up or log in to your Mapbox account and grab a Mapbox Access Token.
  5. Open the Info.plist in the Example target and paste your Mapbox Access Token into MGLMapboxAccessToken. (Alternatively, if you plan to use this project as the basis for a public project on GitHub, place the access token in a plain text file named .mapbox or mapbox in your home directory instead of adding it to Info.plist.)
  6. Build and run the Example target.



You can customize the appearance in order to blend in with the rest of your app. Checkout DayStyle.swift for all styleable elements.

class CustomStyle: DayStyle {
    required init() {
        mapStyleURL = URL(string: "mapbox://styles/mapbox/satellite-streets-v9")!
        styleType = .nightStyle

    override func apply() {
        BottomBannerView.appearance().backgroundColor = .orange

then initialize NavigationViewController with your style or styles:

let navigationOptions = NavigationOptions(styles: [CustomStyle()])
NavigationViewController(for: route, routeOptions: routeOptions, navigationOptions: navigationOptions)

Starting from scratch

If your application needs something totally custom, such as a voice-only experience or an unconventional user interface, consult the Core Navigation installation guide.


We welcome feedback and code contributions! Please see CONTRIBUTING.md for details.


The Mapbox Navigation SDK for iOS is released under the ISC License. See LICENSE.md for details.

The Mapbox Navigation SDK for iOS depends on private binary distributions of the Mapbox Maps SDK for iOS and MapboxNavigationNative. These binaries may be used with a Mapbox account and under the Mapbox Terms of Service. If you do not wish to use these binaries, make sure you swap out these dependencies in the Cartfile or override them in your Podfile.


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Release Notes

14 hours ago

Changes since v2.0.0-beta.8:


Other changes

  • The duration annotations added by the NavigationMapView.showRouteDurations(along:) method are now set in the fonts you specify using the NavigationMapView.routeDurationAnnotationFontNames property. Use this property to specify a list of fallback fonts for better language support. (#2873)
  • Removed deprecated and obsoleted EventsManager typealias, StatusView.delegate, StatusView.canChangeValue, RouteLegProgress.upComingStep, StatusViewDelegate, DeprecatedStatusViewDelegate and BottomBannerViewController.init(delegate:). (#2993)

Current release also contains changes from previous releases:


  • Increased the minimum version of MapboxNavigationNative to v32.0.0. (#2910)
  • Fixed an issue when feedback UI was always appearing for short routes. (#2871)
  • Fixed automatic day/night switching. (#2881)
  • Fixed an issue where presenting NavigationViewController could sometimes interfere with view presentation in other windows. (#2897)
  • Added an optional StyleManagerDelegate.styleManager(_:viewForApplying:) method to determine which part of the view hierarchy is affected by a change to a different Style. (#2897)
  • Added the NavigationViewController.styleManager, StyleManager.currentStyleType, and StyleManager.currentStyle properties and the StyleManager.applyStyle(type:) method to manually change the UI style at any time. (#2888)
  • Fixed crash when switching between day / night modes. (#2896)
  • Added support for iOS 13's UIScene based CarPlay API. (#2832)
  • Added an optional CarPlayManagerDelegate.carPlayManager(_:didPresent:) method that is called when CarPlayManager presents a new navigation session. (#2832)


  • NavigationViewController can now manage multiple status banners one after another. Renamed the NavigationViewController.showStatus(title:spinner:duration:animated:interactive:) method to NavigationViewController.show(_:) and added a corresponding NavigationViewController.hide(_:) method. Renamed the NavigationStatusPresenter.showStatus(title:spinner:duration:animated:interactive:) method to NavigationStatusPresenter.show(_:) and added a NavigationStatusPresenter.hide(_:) method. (#2747)



  • Added option to show route duration callouts when previewing route alternatives (#2734):
    • NavigationMapView.showRouteDurations(along:) to show duration annotation callouts on the map for the provided routes.
    • NavigationMapView.removeRouteDurations() to remove any route duration annotations currently displayed on the map.

See the cumulative list of changes since v1.x, along with the v2.0 migration guide.

Documentation is available online or within Xcode.

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