Display a custom vector tile style

Learn how to add a styled vector basemap layer to a map.

A basemap layer provides the visual context for a map. You can use the default basemap layer styles provided by the basemap layer service or you can create your own custom styles with the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor for specific mapping applications.

In this tutorial you use OpenLayers to display a styled vector basemap layer in a map.


You need a free ArcGIS developer account to access your dashboard and API keys. The API key must be scoped to access the services used in this tutorial.


Create a new pen

  1. To get started, either complete the Display a map tutorial or .

Set the API key

To access ArcGIS location services, you need an API key.

  1. Go to your dashboard to get an API key.

  2. In CodePen, update apiKey to use your key.

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    const apiKey = "YOUR-API-KEY";
    const basemapId = "ArcGIS:Streets";
    const basemapURL = "https://basemaps-api.arcgis.com/arcgis/rest/services/styles/" + basemapId + "?type=style&apiKey=" + apiKey;
    olms(map, basemapURL);

Add the vector tile layer

You can access a basemap layer by referencing its item ID. You can find a layer's item ID by accessing it inArcGIS Online or the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor.

  1. Go to the Forest and Parks Canvas vector tile layer in ArcGIS Online and find its item ID. The ID is at the end of the URL.

  2. Change the basemapId from ArcGIS:Streets to your own item ID.

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    <!DOCTYPE html>
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, user-scalable=no" />
        <title>OpenLayers Tutorials: Add a styled basemap layer</title>
          #map {
            padding: 0;
            margin: 0;
            height: 100%;
            width: 100%;
            font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
            font-size: 14px;
            color: #323232;
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/gh/openlayers/openlayers.github.io@master/en/v6.4.3/css/ol.css" type="text/css" />
        <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/gh/openlayers/openlayers.github.io@master/en/v6.4.3/build/ol.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/ol-mapbox-style@6.1.4/dist/olms.js"></script>
        <div id="map"></div>
          const map = new ol.Map({ target: "map" });
            new ol.View({
              center: ol.proj.fromLonLat([-118.805, 34.027]),
              zoom: 8
          const apiKey = "YOUR-API-KEY";
          const basemapId = "6976148c11bd497d8624206f9ee03e30";  // Custom vector tile style
          const basemapURL = "https://basemaps-api.arcgis.com/arcgis/rest/services/styles/" + basemapId + "?type=style&apiKey=" + apiKey;
          olms(map, basemapURL);

Run the app

In CodePen, run your code to display the map.

It should display the Forest and Parks Canvas vector basemap layer.

What's next?

Learn how to use additional ArcGIS location services in these tutorials: