FMTC is licensed under GPL-v3.

If you're developing an application that isn't licensed under GPL, this affects you and your application's legal right to distribution. For more information, please see (Proprietary) Licensing.

This page guides you through a simple, fast setup of FMTC that just enables basic browse caching, without any of the cool features that you can discover throughout the rest of this documentation.

Depend on the latest version of the package from pub.dev, then import it into the appropriate files of your project.

flutter pub add flutter_map_tile_caching
import 'package:flutter_map_tile_caching/flutter_map_tile_caching.dart';

Perform the startup procedure to allow usage of FMTC's APIs and allow FMTC to spin-up the underlying connections & systems.

Here, we'll use the built-in, default 'backend' storage, which uses ObjectBox. We'll perform the intialisation just before the app starts, so we can be sure that it will be ready and accessible throughout the app, at any time.

import 'package:flutter/widgets.dart';
import 'package:flutter_map_tile_caching/flutter_map_tile_caching.dart';

Future<void> main() async {
    await FMTCObjectBoxBackend().initialise(...);
    // ...

Create a container that is capable of storing tiles, and can be used to and bulk download.

Here, we'll create one called 'mapStore', directly after initialisation. Any number of stores can be created, at any point!

    // ...
    await FMTCStore('mapStore').manage.create();
    // ...

Add FMTC's specialised TileProvider to the TileLayer, to enable browse caching, and retrieval of tiles from the specified store.

Double check that the name of the store specified here is the same as the store created above!

import 'package:flutter_map/flutter_map.dart';
import 'package:flutter_map_tile_caching/flutter_map_tile_caching.dart';

    urlTemplate: 'https://tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png',
    userAgentPackageName: 'com.example.app',
    tileProvider: FMTCStore('mapStore').getTileProvider(),
    // Other parameters as normal

5. Wow! Look at that caching...

You should now have a basic working implementation of FMTC that caches tiles for you as you browse the map!

There's a lot more to discover, from store management to bulk downloading, and from statistics to exporting/importing.

Before using FMTC, especially to bulk download or import/export, ensure you comply with the appropriate restrictions and terms of service set by your tile server. Failure to do so may lead to any punishment, at the tile server's discretion.

This library and/or the creator(s) are not responsible for any violations you make using this package.

For example, OpenStreetMap's tile server forbids bulk downloading: https://operations.osmfoundation.org/policies/tiles. And Mapbox has restrictions on importing/exporting from outside of the user's own device.

For testing purposes, check out the testing tile server included in the FMTC project: Testing Tile Server.

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