Determine Mapbox map tiles have loaded by listening for the
Leonel Elimpe
by Leonel Elimpe
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  • Mapbox

The idle event is fired after the last frame rendered before the map enters an “idle” state. When this event is fired, we are sure of the following things:

  • All currently requested tiles have loaded.
  • No camera transitions are in progress.
  • All fade/transition animations have completed.
import {Component, OnInit} from '@angular/core';
import mapboxgl from 'mapbox-gl/dist/mapbox-gl.js';

// ...
export class MapboxComponent implements OnInit {

  private map: mapboxgl.Map;

  constructor() { }

  async ngOnInit() { = await this.initializeMap();'idle', async (e) => {
       * Do something now, given all currently requested tiles have loaded,
       * no camera transitions are in progress, and
       * all fade/transition animations have completed.

  private async initializeMap(): Promise<mapboxgl.Map> {
    // Map instance is initialized here, etc

I had a situation where I had to wait for all map tiles to load before proceeding, and after a while searching for the ideal map event came across idle in this Stackoverflow answer.

My example above is within an Angular component, and the most important bit is in the ngOnInit function where we listen once for the idle event. As explained in the above linked Stackoverflow answer, we can equally continuously listen for the idle event.'idle', (e) => {
        // do things every time the map idles