Usage

After TileMill is installed you will want to familiarize yourself with the basics of starting and stopping the app as well as configuring any relevant settings.

Mac OS X

TileMill for Mac OS X is meant to be run as a desktop-style application.

  • Start TileMill by double-clicking its icon in the Applications folder
  • Stop TileMill by quitting the application
  • Files used by TileMill are in your user account’s Documents/MapBox folder
  • Logs are viewable by choosing Console from the app’s Window menu (or open ~/Library/Logs/TileMill.log)
  • Preferences are available from the application’s main screen
  • Advanced preferences can be changed by editing ~/.tilemill/config.json

Windows

  • Start TileMill using the Start menu item at Start > TileMIll > Start TileMill
  • Stop TileMill by quitting the application
  • Files used by TileMill are in your user account’s Documents/MapBox folder
  • Logs are written to a file in your users account folder (%USERPROFILE%) named tilemill.log
  • Preferences are available from the application’s main screen
  • Advanced preferences can be changed by editing ~/.tilemill/config.json

Ubuntu

  • Start TileMill using the menu item at Applications > Graphics > TileMill.
  • Stop TileMill by quitting the application
  • Files used by TileMill are in your user account’s Documents/MapBox folder
  • Logs are written to ~/.tilemill.log
  • Preferences are available from the application’s main screen
  • Advanced preferences can be changed by editing ~/tilemill/config.json

Learn how to configure TileMill to run as a remote service on Ubuntu.