Using the MapLibre GL Native SDK for iOS with Amazon Location Service - Amazon Location Service

Using the MapLibre GL Native SDK for iOS with Amazon Location Service

Use MapLibre GL Native SDK for iOS to embed client-side maps into iOS applications.

The MapLibre GL Native SDK for iOS is a library based on Mapbox GL Native, and is compatible with the styles and tiles provided by the Amazon Location Service Maps API. You can integrate MapLibre GL Native SDK for iOS to embed interactive map views with scalable, customizable vector maps into your iOS applications.

This tutorial describes how to integrate the MapLibre GL Native SDK for iOS with Amazon Location. The sample application for this tutorial is available as part of the Amazon Location Service samples repository on GitHub.

Building the application: Initialization

To initialize your application:

  1. Create a new Xcode project from the App template.

  2. Select SwiftUI for its interface.

  3. Select SwiftUI application for its Life Cycle.

  4. Select Swift for its language.

Adding MapLibre dependencies using Swift Packages

To add a package dependency to your Xcode project:

  1. Navigate to File > Swift Packages > Add Package Dependency.

  2. Enter the repository URL:


    For more information about Swift Packages see Adding Package Dependencies to Your App at

  3. In your terminal, install CocoaPods:

    sudo gem install cocoapods
  4. Navigate to your application's project directory and initialize the Podfile with the CocoaPods package manager:

    pod init
  5. Open the Podfile to add AWSCore as a dependency:

    platform :ios, '12.0' target 'Amazon Location Service Demo' do use_frameworks! pod 'AWSCore' end
  6. Download and install dependencies:

    pod install --repo-update
  7. Open the Xcode workspace that CocoaPods created:

    xed .

Building the application: Configuration

Add the following keys and values to Info.plist to configure the application:

Key Value
AWSRegion us-east-1
IdentityPoolId us-east-1:54f2ba88-9390-498d-aaa5-0d97fb7ca3bd
MapName ExampleMap

Building the application: ContentView layout

To render the map, edit ContentView.swift:

  • Add a MapView which renders the map.

  • Add a TextField which displays attribution.

This also sets the map's initial center point.

import SwiftUI struct ContentView: View { @State private var attribution = "" var body: some View { MapView(attribution: $attribution) .centerCoordinate(.init(latitude: 49.2819, longitude: -123.1187)) .zoomLevel(12) .edgesIgnoringSafeArea(.all) .overlay( TextField("", text: $attribution) .disabled(true) .font(.system(size: 12, weight: .light, design: .default)) .foregroundColor(.black) .background(Color.init(Color.RGBColorSpace.sRGB, white: 0.5, opacity: 0.5)) .cornerRadius(1), alignment: .bottomTrailing) } } struct ContentView_Previews: PreviewProvider { static var previews: some View { ContentView() } }

You must provide word mark or text attribution for each data provider that you use, either on your application or your documentation. Attribution strings are included in the style descriptor response under the sources.esri.attribution and keys. When using Amazon Location resources with data providers, make sure to read the service terms and conditions.

Building the application: Request transformation

Create a new Swift file named AWSSignatureV4Delegate.swift containing the following class definition to intercept AWS requests and sign them using Signature Version 4. An instance of this class will be assigned as the offline storage delegate, which is also responsible for rewriting URLs, in the map view.

import AWSCore import Mapbox class AWSSignatureV4Delegate : NSObject, MGLOfflineStorageDelegate { private let region: AWSRegionType private let identityPoolId: String private let credentialsProvider: AWSCredentialsProvider init(region: AWSRegionType, identityPoolId: String) { self.region = region self.identityPoolId = identityPoolId self.credentialsProvider = AWSCognitoCredentialsProvider(regionType: region, identityPoolId: identityPoolId) super.init() } class func doubleEncode(path: String) -> String? { return path.addingPercentEncoding(withAllowedCharacters: .urlPathAllowed)? .addingPercentEncoding(withAllowedCharacters: .urlPathAllowed) } func offlineStorage(_ storage: MGLOfflineStorage, urlForResourceOf kind: MGLResourceKind, with url: URL) -> URL { if"") != true { // not an AWS URL return url } // URL-encode spaces, etc. let keyPath = String(url.path.dropFirst()) guard let percentEncodedKeyPath = keyPath.addingPercentEncoding(withAllowedCharacters: .urlPathAllowed) else { print("Invalid characters in path '\(keyPath)'; unsafe to sign") return url } let endpoint = AWSEndpoint(region: region, serviceName: "geo", url: url) let requestHeaders: [String: String] = ["host": endpoint!.hostName] // sign the URL let task = AWSSignatureV4Signer .generateQueryStringForSignatureV4( withCredentialProvider: credentialsProvider, httpMethod: .GET, expireDuration: 60, endpoint: endpoint!, // workaround for keyPath: AWSSignatureV4Delegate.doubleEncode(path: percentEncodedKeyPath), requestHeaders: requestHeaders, requestParameters: .none, signBody: true) task.waitUntilFinished() if let error = task.error as NSError? { print("Error occurred: \(error)") } if let result = task.result { var urlComponents = URLComponents(url: (result as URL), resolvingAgainstBaseURL: false)! // re-use the original path; workaround for urlComponents.path = url.path // have Mapbox GL fetch the signed URL return (urlComponents.url)! } // fall back to an unsigned URL return url } }

Building the application: Map view

The Map View is responsible for initializing an instance of AWSSignatureV4Delegate and configuring the underlying MGLMapView, which fetches resources and renders the map. It also handles propagating attribution strings from the style descriptor's source back to the ContentView.

Create a new Swift file named MapView.swift containing the following struct definition:

import SwiftUI import AWSCore import Mapbox struct MapView: UIViewRepresentable { @Binding var attribution: String private var mapView: MGLMapView private var signingDelegate: MGLOfflineStorageDelegate init(attribution: Binding<String>) { let regionName = Bundle.main.object(forInfoDictionaryKey: "AWSRegion") as! String let identityPoolId = Bundle.main.object(forInfoDictionaryKey: "IdentityPoolId") as! String let mapName = Bundle.main.object(forInfoDictionaryKey: "MapName") as! String let region = (regionName as NSString).aws_regionTypeValue() // MGLOfflineStorage doesn't take ownership, so this needs to be a member here signingDelegate = AWSSignatureV4Delegate(region: region, identityPoolId: identityPoolId) // register a delegate that will handle SigV4 signing MGLOfflineStorage.shared.delegate = signingDelegate mapView = MGLMapView( frame: .zero, styleURL: URL(string: "https://maps.geo.\(regionName)\(mapName)/style-descriptor")) _attribution = attribution } func makeCoordinator() -> Coordinator { Coordinator($attribution) } class Coordinator: NSObject, MGLMapViewDelegate { var attribution: Binding<String> init(_ attribution: Binding<String>) { self.attribution = attribution } func mapView(_ mapView: MGLMapView, didFinishLoading style: MGLStyle) { let source = style.sources.first as? MGLVectorTileSource let attribution = source?.attributionInfos.first self.attribution.wrappedValue = attribution?.title.string ?? "" } } // MARK: - UIViewRepresentable protocol func makeUIView(context: UIViewRepresentableContext<MapView>) -> MGLMapView { mapView.delegate = context.coordinator mapView.logoView.isHidden = true mapView.attributionButton.isHidden = true return mapView } func updateUIView(_ uiView: MGLMapView, context: UIViewRepresentableContext<MapView>) { } // MARK: - MGLMapView proxy func centerCoordinate(_ centerCoordinate: CLLocationCoordinate2D) -> MapView { mapView.centerCoordinate = centerCoordinate return self } func zoomLevel(_ zoomLevel: Double) -> MapView { mapView.zoomLevel = zoomLevel return self } }

Running this application displays a full-screen map in the style of your choosing. This sample is available as part of the Amazon Location Service samples repository on GitHub.