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Create and integrate maps in your R workflow!

This package helps to design cartographic representations such as proportional symbols, choropleth, typology, flows or discontinuities maps. It also offers several features that improve the graphic presentation of maps, for instance, map palettes, layout elements (scale, north arrow, title…), labels or legends.

Cheat Sheet

The cheat sheet displays a quick overview of cartography’s main features.

cartography cheat sheet


The vignette contains commented scripts on how to build various types of maps with cartography:

Other Resources


The following script creates a map of symbols that are proportional to values of a first variable and colored to reflect the classification of a second variable.

# path to the geopackage file embedded in cartography
path_to_file <- system.file("gpkg/mtq.gpkg", package="cartography")
# import to an sf object
mtq <- st_read(dsn = path_to_file, quiet = TRUE)

########## Draft Map
# Plot the municipalities
# Plot symbols with choropleth coloration (population & median income)
propSymbolsChoroLayer(x = mtq, var = "POP", var2 = "MED")
# Add a layout
title(main = "Population & Wealth in Martinique, 2015", 
      sub = "Sources: Insee and IGN - 2018")

########## Final Map
# Set figure margins
opar <- par(mar = c(0,0,1.2,0))
# Plot the municipalities
plot(st_geometry(mtq), col="darkseagreen3", border="darkseagreen4",  
     bg = "lightblue1", lwd = 0.5)
# Plot symbols with choropleth coloration
propSymbolsChoroLayer(x = mtq, var = "POP", inches = 0.4, border = "grey50",
                      lwd = 1, legend.var.pos = "topright", 
                      legend.var.title.txt = "Population",
                      var2 = "MED", method = "equal", nclass = 4, 
                      col = carto.pal(pal1 = "sand.pal", n1 = 4),
                      legend.var2.values.rnd = -2,  legend.var2.pos = "left", 
                      legend.var2.title.txt = "Median Income\n(in euros)") 
# Plot a layout
layoutLayer(title="Population & Wealth in Martinique, 2015", 
            author = "cartography 2.1.3", 
            sources = "Sources: Insee and IGN - 2018", 
            scale = 5, tabtitle = TRUE, frame = FALSE)
# Plot a north arrow
north(pos = "topleft")
# restore graphics parameters



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Community Guidelines

One can contribute to the package through pull requests and report issues or ask questions here.