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Top 20 Location and Maps SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 27 May 2024 CET
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Top 20 Location and Maps SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 20 most popular Location and Maps SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

Location and Map SDKs help developers leverage location-based services, like mapping, navigation, and geolocation, for their mobile apps, without having to build them from scratch. This may include things like maps, geocoding, routing, and other location-based services.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Apple App Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

The intended purpose of this article is to assist app builders in their search for the perfect Location and Maps SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. This data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile app market.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 78.28% have integrated Apple MapKit. This accounts for 92.50% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Total Apps
437.61k
App Store
App Share
78.28%
App Store
Apps
416.49k
Games
21.12k
Total Downloads
171.93b
App Store
Download Share
92.50%
App Store
App Downloads
148.25b
Game Downloads
23.68b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apple MapKit.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 34.76% have integrated Google Maps. This accounts for 15.29% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The Google Maps Platform is a set of APIs and SDKs that allows developers to embed Google Maps into mobile apps and web pages, or to retrieve data from Google Maps.

Total Apps
194.31k
App Store
App Share
34.76%
App Store
Apps
193.81k
Games
501
Total Downloads
28.42b
App Store
Download Share
15.29%
App Store
App Downloads
28.40b
Game Downloads
17.85m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Google Maps.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 6.02% have integrated Gaode AMap. This accounts for 6.06% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Gaode Map SDK is an SDK used for geocoding.

Total Apps
33.64k
App Store
App Share
6.02%
App Store
Apps
33.51k
Games
135
Total Downloads
11.27b
App Store
Download Share
6.06%
App Store
App Downloads
10.68b
Game Downloads
592.43m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Gaode AMap.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 2.85% have integrated Baidu Maps. This accounts for 2.33% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Baidu Maps is a desktop and mobile web mapping service application and SDK provided by Baidu. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, street view, and indoor view perspectives, as well as functions such as a route planner for traveling by foot, car, or with public transportation.

Total Apps
15.91k
App Store
App Share
2.85%
App Store
Apps
15.90k
Games
13
Total Downloads
4.32b
App Store
Download Share
2.33%
App Store
App Downloads
4.32b
Game Downloads
131.72k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Baidu Maps.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 2.19% have integrated Mapbox. This accounts for 3.48% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Mapbox is an open source mapping platform for custom designed maps. Our APIs and SDKs are the building blocks to integrate location into any mobile or web app.

Total Apps
12.22k
App Store
App Share
2.19%
App Store
Apps
12.17k
Games
46
Total Downloads
6.47b
App Store
Download Share
3.48%
App Store
App Downloads
6.46b
Game Downloads
5.51m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Mapbox.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 1.13% have integrated INTULocationManager. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The LocationManager SDK makes it easy to get a device's current location. It's currently heading on iOS. It's an Objective-C library that works great in Swift.

Total Apps
6.34k
App Store
App Share
1.13%
App Store
Apps
6.31k
Games
30
Total Downloads
1.71b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.69b
Game Downloads
23.05m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use INTULocationManager.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Yandex Map Kit. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Yandex Map Kit is an SDK library that allows you to use Yandex map data and technologies in mobile applications.

Total Apps
2.93k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
2.93k
Games
0
Total Downloads
647.47m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
647.47m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Yandex Map Kit.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Kakao API. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Kakao API is a multi-platform texting SDK that allows iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry apps to send and receive messages for free.

Total Apps
2.15k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
2.06k
Games
83
Total Downloads
1.26b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.20b
Game Downloads
55.86m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Kakao API.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Location. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Location is a Software Development Kit (SDK) that offers background location update programming over an extended period of time. It works for both iOS 7 and iOS 8.

Total Apps
1.48k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
1.47k
Games
8
Total Downloads
51.89m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
50.55m
Game Downloads
1.34m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Location.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Route-Me. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Route-Me is an open source map library SDK that runs natively on iOS. It's designed to look and feel much like the inbuilt iOS map library, but it's entirely open, and works with any map source.

Total Apps
986
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
984
Games
2
Total Downloads
16.27m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
16.17m
Game Downloads
100.07k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Route-Me.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated ArcGIS Esri. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

ArcGIS provides contextual tools for mapping and spatial reasoning so you can explore data and share location-based insights.

Total Apps
576
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
575
Games
1
Total Downloads
44.09m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
44.08m
Game Downloads
1.44k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ArcGIS Esri.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated BSForwardGeocoder. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The BSForwardGeocoder SDK supports reverse geocoding out of the box. Reverse geocoding means you have a coordinate and want to find out where you are located; for instance, the name of the street you are on. Forward geocoding means you know the name of a location and want to find the coordinates.

Total Apps
526
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
526
Games
0
Total Downloads
4.03m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
4.03m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use BSForwardGeocoder.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Colocator. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Colocator provides an end-to-end solution for positioning, location data gathering, processing, and visualization.

Total Apps
451
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
451
Games
0
Total Downloads
6.63m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
6.63m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Colocator.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Kontakt.io. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Kontakt.io is an SDK that helps you reduce the complexity and costs of capturing and processing location and sensor data.

Total Apps
447
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
447
Games
0
Total Downloads
17.86m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
17.86m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Kontakt.io.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated CMMapLauncher. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

CMMapLauncher is a mini-library SDK for iOS that makes it quick and easy to show directions in various mapping applications.

Total Apps
372
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
372
Games
0
Total Downloads
8.33m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
8.33m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use CMMapLauncher.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Carto Mobile Maps. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Total Apps
271
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
271
Games
0
Total Downloads
284.77m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
284.77m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Carto Mobile Maps.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated FlyBuy by Radius Networks. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Total Apps
251
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
251
Games
0
Total Downloads
419.01m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
419.01m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use FlyBuy by Radius Networks.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Radar.io. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Radar.io is the easiest location data platform SDK for startups. It offers developer-friendly, privacy-first geofencing and geo APIs that help product and growth teams build amazing location-based app experiences.

Total Apps
228
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
227
Games
1
Total Downloads
702.39m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
702.06m
Game Downloads
324.98k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Radar.io.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated AreaMetrics. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The AreaMetrics SDK provides geo-location data that powers insights for marketers and brands. It accesses a network of in-store sensors in order to understand offline foot-traffic, and to deliver the highest-quality in alternative data intelligence.

Total Apps
142
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
142
Games
0
Total Downloads
782.46k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
782.46k
Game Downloads
4

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use AreaMetrics.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Beaconsinspace. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

BeaconsInSpace is a marketplace SDK for app developers to access iBeacon infrastructure. It offers a simple API that provides developers with access to beacons placed in high-traffic establishments in major cities.

Total Apps
142
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
136
Games
6
Total Downloads
1.66m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
496.59k
Game Downloads
1.17m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Beaconsinspace.

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