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This article is about the cartography project. For documentation and help creating maps, see RuneScape:Create Map.

This page contains documentation for the cartographer project. This project is still in development and is prone to changes. This project uses the codename Doogle or Doogle Maps sometimes.

View/Create Maps Issues Development

Open the map: click here

Create a map

Convert coordinates

Map IDs

Report the problems you have here (follow link of item):

Test if maps are displayed correctly

Code repo's:

Want to help with the development? You are more then welcome! Join the Discord channel above and let us know.
(You don't have to know programming, we also have a need for other skills.)

Example map with pins

Templates[edit source]

There are several templates to make it easy to add maps to pages:

Template Usage Example
{{Map}} Generic template to make any type of map, default is an empty map
{{Map|2613,3294|caption=Map Caption}}
Map Caption
{{Maplink}} Generic maplink template, default map is an empty map
{{Maplink|2613,3294|text=Map link text}}
Map link text
{{Monster map}} Generates a map for monsters (attackable NPCs)
Locations appear as pins
{{Monster map|npcname=Aemad|npcid=590|x=2613|y=3294|caption=Aemad's location}}
Aemad's location
{{NPC map}} Generates a map for an npc location
Locations appear as squares
{{NPC map|npcname=Aemad|npcid=590|x=2613|y=3294|caption=Aemad's location}}
Aemad's location
{{Item spawns}} Generates maplinks for item spawns
locations appear as pins
{{Item spawns|item=Address form|itemid=11680|plane=1|2739,3581|text=Camelot}}
{{Multimap}} Used to create a group of maps, maps appear in rows based on screen width
|title1 = Wilderness Volcano
|map1 = {{Monster map|npcname=Greater demon|npcid:4700,x:3138,y:3679|npcid:4699,x:3149,y:3675|npcid:4701,x:3152,y:3682
|title2 = Demonic Ruins
|map2 = {{Monster map|npcname=Greater demon|npcid:4701,x:3286,y:3875|npcid:83,x:3286,y:3882|npcid:4698,x:3288,y:3888

Module[edit source]

Main article: Module:Map

The map module has several helper functions to make it easy to generate maps from other modules, or add features (pins, shapes etc) to maps.

Map Creation[edit source]

The map for RS3 is created using the game cache as the source for the maps. This provides easily updatable maps. The code for this can be found at:

This script creates map regions at different resolution levels:

These map regions include ground color, roads, buildings, doors, walls, trees and other objects. Icons are not included in these renders.

There map regions are then processed into maptiles that can be used for viewing the map. These tiles are all 256x256px but created using different map regions. This process uses ImageMagick (montage and convert) to combine and split image to create the desired result. This process is automated using a Bash shell script:

These tiles are directly used by Leaflet to display the map.

Layering Creation[edit source]

Combining of tiles to create zoom layer 2 and 3 tiles and names (os example)

Combining and splitting images for use in Leaflet we have different zoom levels: 3,2,1,0,-1,-2,-3 The map scales exponential (2^x) for each zoom level. This is the same as most slippy map systems / GIS systems. It comes down to, if you zoom in each tile splits into 4 pieces, if you zoom out each tile is a combination of 4 pieces.

So zoom level 4 (400%) is created by splitting the image into (2^2)*(2^2)=16 images of 256x256 like this (but this is not used on our OSRS maps):

 0  1  2  3
 4  5  6  7
 8  9 10 11
12 13 14 15

At zoom level 3 (200%) is created by splitting the image into (2^1)*(2^1)=4 images of 256x256 like this:

0 1
2 3

Zoom level 2 (100%) just the same image (2^0)*(2^0)=1 image. (that is why in the script zoom level 2 just copies all the images (that are in the range we are working on). This is the same size as a region in OSRS.
Zoom level 1 (50%) is created by combining 4 images (128x128) to create a 256x256 image.
Zoom level 0 (25%) is created by combining 16 images (64x64) to create a 256x256 image.

Data Collection[edit source]

The map uses varies sources of data to populate the map. A list can be found here.

Data Name Data Source Processing tool Notes
Map tiles Game Cache ? See: above
Map icons Game Cache, Manual (user defined) ?
Map bounds (MapID) Game Cache, Manual (user defined) ?
Map labels Game Cache, Manual (user defined) ?
NPC locations Manual (user defined) ? In progress
Path data Game Cache ?
Map Area's Manual (user defined) GeoJSON
Item spawn locations Game Cache?, Manual (user defined) GeoJSON In progress
Quest steps Manual (user defined) GeoJSON Not implemented
Teleport locations Manual (user defined), Game Cache? GeoJSON Not implemented
Map links (doors, portals, ...) Game Cache, Manual (user defined) ? ?

Map tiles[edit source]

The map tiles are available under the path: versions/{cacheVersion}/map_icon_squares/{mapID}/{z}_{p}_{x}_{-y}.png

Definition lists
the map bounds (28=RuneScape Surface, 0=Ardougne underground), mapID's smaller then 10000 are exported from game cache, mapID's larger then 10000 are user defined. Map ids can be found at RuneScape:Map/mapIDs
version numbering for when a map has been updated. (in format: YYYY-MM-DD_{a-z}, with the last digit being the update of that day, usualy 1 )
zoom level, supported zoom level from -3 (zoomed out) to 3 (zoomed in), map can zoom to level 5 but this just scales the zoom level 3 images.
planes, the floor levels, these go from 0 to 3, dungeons and basements are displaced on the map and support same planes (see mapID)
x-coordinate of bottom left corner of map this changes depending on the zoom level. Zoom level 2 correspond with game coordinates*
y-coordinate of bottom left corner of map this changes depending on the zoom level. Zoom level 2 correspond with game coordinates*

Loading data[edit source]

To better support different datasets, iconsets and layers most of the data is loaded from JSON files the main file that is loaded is 'dataloader.json'. This file contains the different mapID's, icon sets and layers.

Loading data follows the following structure: (this might change a little bit)

  1. load dataloader.json
    • create dataproviders
      • dataprovider -> IconProvider (async)
        • create iconclasses
        • create iconlist
          • icon -> filename (files not downloaded until used)
    • wait for dataproviders to be downloaded and created
      • baseMaps -> BaseLayerBuilder
      • overlayMaps -> IconLayerBuilder
        • dataSource -> download and parse geojson (async)
      • add baseMaps and overlayMaps added to map controllers
  2. baseMaps displayed
  3. overlayMaps displayed when ready

Config files[edit source]

The file below gives more info about this format, as json does not support comments we added '//' before a line comment. (Note: This is not a valid json file)

  "datasources":[ // a list of all data sources, currently only for iconsets
      "id": 0, // Id used for data provider
      "type": "icons", // Type of datasource, currently only supports 'icons'
      "name": "Map markers", // Human readable name for iconset
      "dataproviders": { // Files used to create data provider
        "iconclasses": "data/MarkersClasses.json", // relative or absolute path to icon classes
        "iconlist": "data/Markers.json", // relative or absolute path to list of all icons in dataset. This list can be reused by multiple providers 
        "defaultIconClass": "Marker" // default icon class used for 'iconlist', need to be defined in 'iconclasses'-file
    },{ // next data provider
      "id": 1,
      "type": "icons",
      "name": "Main RS map icons",
      "dataproviders": {
        "iconclasses": "data/MainIconClasses.json",
        "iconlist": "data/MainIcons.json",
        "defaultIconClass": "MapIcon"
  "baseMaps":[ // A list of all baseMaps (background of map), only one can be displayed at any moment
    // mapID=0 is displayed on opening of map
    // Ordered in select box using mapID (might be changes to order in this file later (TODO) )
    // mapID order has not have to be incremental, id's can be skipped
      "mapId": 0, // mapID used when creating path for files, see above (section:Map tiles)
      "name": "RuneScape Surface", // name as displayed in select box
      "center": [3225, 3219], // the center of the map, view moves here when basemap is switched
      "bounds": [ [0, 0], [12800, 12800] ] // bounds of map, tiles outside of this bounds are not loaded and limits panning movement.
      "zoomLimits": [-3, 5], // Zoom limits [minZoom, maxZoom]
      "defaultZoom": 1, // Default zoom level, when map opens
      "maxNativeZoom": 3, // Maximum zoom where there are tiles for, other zoom levels will have scaled version of max native zoom.
      "attribution": "My Map Licence" // optional, attribution for this layer. Allows HTML. Default licence will always be displayed (see main config file)
    },{ // More items in the list
      "mapId": 1,
      "name": "Ancient Cavern",
      "center": [1760, 5344],
      "bounds": [ [0, 0], [12800, 12800] ],
      "zoomLimits": [-3, 5],
      "defaultZoom": 1,
      "maxNativeZoom": 3
      "id": 1, // unique id used internally to track overlay
      "name": "Main map icons", // name used in display in UI (TODO)
      "parentLayer": "icons", // grouping of layer under other layer (not implemented, might change)
      "displayOnLoad": true, // if true, it is displayed on opening of map
      "dataSource": "data/MainMapIconLoc.json" // relative or absolute path to a GeoJSON formatted file (see below)

Example of datasources.dataproviders.iconclasses file. Note: because of image been down on canvas things might not work correct, please report them if you find some. 'MainIconClasses.json':

  "MapIcon": { // Class name
    "options": { // options as defined by:
      // Properties 'iconUrl' and 'iconSize' will be overwritten by datasources.dataproviders.iconlist file
      "iconAnchor": [0,0], // optional, The coordinates of the "tip" of the icon (relative to its top left corner).
      "popupAnchor": [0,0], // optional, The coordinates of the point from which popups will "open", relative to the icon anchor.
      "tooltipAnchor": [0,0], // optional, The coordinates of the point from which tooltips will "open", relative to the icon anchor.
      "shadowUrl": "images/orb.png", // optional, The URL to the icon shadow image. If not specified, no shadow image will be created.
      "shadowSize": [25,25], // optional, Size of the shadow image in pixels.
      "shadowAnchor": [-3.5,28.5], // optional, The coordinates of the "tip" of the shadow (relative to its top left corner) (the same as iconAnchor if not specified).
      "className": '', // optional, A custom class name (CSS) to assign to both icon and shadow images. Empty by default.
      "shadowUrl": null // optional, relative path used as shadow object
    // More properties might be added later for adding styles to markers
  "MapIconOrb":{ // other Classes, classes can be unused
    "options": {
      "shadowUrl": "images/orb.png",
      "shadowSize": [25,25]

Example of datasources.dataproviders.iconlist file. 'MainIcons.json':

  "folder": "icons/", // folder prefix for all image names in this file
  "icons": { // list of all icons
    "general_store":{ // unique name in this data provider used in GeoJSON file to reference this icon
      "filename": "1448-0.png", // filename on in folder where to find the image file
      "name": "General store", // Human readable name for icon, might be displayed later
      "width": 15, // width in pixels of icon on map, if different from actual file, image will be scaled
      "height": 15, // height in pixels of icon on map, if different from actual file, image will be scaled
      "iconClass": "MapIconOrb" // optional, if different iconclass wanted to be used then defaultIconClass
      "wiki-link": "General store", // Not used at the moment, might change
      "category": "others", // Not used at the moment, might change
    }, // other icons
      "filename": "1449-0.png",
      "name": "Sword shop",
      "width": 15,
      "height": 15,
      "wiki-link": "Sword shop",
      "category": "others"
      "filename": "1450-0.png",
      "name": "Magic shop",
      "width": 15,
      "height": 15,
      "wiki-link": "Magic shop",
      "category": "others"

Map Overlay (icons, markers, shapes)[edit source]

Example of overlayMaps.dataSource file: 'MainMapIconLoc.json' Note: these files use the GeoJSON file format with added 'properties' fields. To create these file tools like could be created to make this easier.

  "type": "FeatureCollection", // Start all files with a 'FeatureCollection'
  "features": [ // list of all features on map
    { // draw a marker
      "type": "Feature",
      "properties": { // This point uses the icons in the providers, for icons not in providers look at the next items
        "providerID": 1, // Id of icon provider see:
        "icon": "general_store", // name as defined in datasources.dataproviders.iconlist
        // if both (providerID and icon) properties are not given, or image not found, it will fall back to a grey marker
        "mapID": 0, // mapID of when to display icon can be number (0) of array of numbers ([0,1]) to display on multiple maps
        "zoom": [0, 5], // optional, only display this feature between zoom levels, [minZoom, maxZoom]
        // Popup will only be availible is one of the following properties are added: 'title' and/or 'description'
        "title": "[[Lumbridge General Store]] Buy now!", // optional, only works inline wiki in <mapframe> or <maplink>, Added any wikitext and this will be displayed in popup
        "description": "Buy your [[File:Bucket.png]] here, only 2 gp" // optional, only works inline wiki in <mapframe> or <maplink>, Added any wikitext and this will be displayed in popup
      "geometry": {
        "type": "Point", // a point is a marker
        "coordinates": [
          3203, // x coordinate
          3208, // y coordinate
          0 // plane
    { // other points
      "type": "Feature",
      "properties": { // This point uses an image from the wiki as its icon
        "iconWikiLink": "Egg.png", // Link to image, not this value is case sensitive
        "iconSize": [15,20], // The size of the icon on the map [width,height], if image is a different size is will be scaled
        // if both (iconWikiLink and iconSize) properties are not given it will fall back to a grey marker
        "mapID": [0,1]
      "geometry": {
        "type": "Point",
        "coordinates": [
    { // a line on map
      "type": "Feature",
      "properties": {
        "navigation": false // optional, if true, use path-finding tool to draw path, if false, use normal (straight) line
      "geometry": {
        "type": "LineString", // a line in geojson
        "coordinates": [
          [3208,3213,0], // coordinates of all the points in line
          [3208,3213,0] // this happens to be a closed path, but doesn't have to be
    // for more features look in GeoJSON standard, other features include: Polygon, MultiPoint, MultiLineString and MultiPolygon

The main config file:

  "basePathURL": "", // path prefix for pathfinding. Path suffix example: "/pathfinder/path.json?..."
	"baseTileURL": "", // path prefix (appended by tileURLFormat) for downloading base maps
  "tileURLFormat": "tiles/{mapID}_{cacheVersion}/{z}/{p}_{x}_{-y}.png", // format for how the tiles are stored
  "attribution": "<a href=\"\" target=\"_blank\">License</a>", // attribution field on map
	"dataloaderFile": "", // path to the main dataloader file
  "wikiImageURL": "" // path prefix for image used on overlayMaps. Path suffix example: "/4/41/Old_School_RuneScape_logo.png"

The future[edit source]

There are many features we still have in mind and/or are working on. Here you find a short list of some of them and there status. Questions about these features can always be asked in the Discord channel.

Project Description Status Who to ask
Path finding How to get from point A to point be as fast as possible? Navigation with teleports, items, sailing ;) or just running.
Tailored to the transportations you have unlocked.
Working prototype, need more data User:Cook_Me_Plox
Search Type in a location and find it on the map. Concept worked out, inactive /
Maps for RS3 Maps for RS3 Active User:Cook_Me_Plox
Labels Labels for various locations on the map. Like cities and towns. Inactive, but work is partly done User:Ralpha for RS Create maps using a variant of for RS Working prototype User:Mejrs
... Have another idea, let us know! Always open for suggestions