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Tools for mapping the world

OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways.

Five programs have been included: JOSM, Merkaartor, Gosmore, Osmarender, and Osm2pgsql. In addition recent sample data for the host city and a number of JOSM plugins have been included.

Core Features

  • Global massively crowd-sourced dataset
  • A number of editors to choose from
  • A number of renderers to choose from (including online)
  • Free to use
  • Widespread geo-application integration




  • JOSM plugins collection: Ranging from Public Domain to GPLv3
  • Merkaartor: GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2
  • Gosmore: Public Domain and GPLv2
  • Osmarender: GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2

Software Versions:

  • JOSM: Latest stable snapshot (svn r4279)
  • Merkaartor: 0.17.2
  • Gosmore: 2010/07/11
  • Osmarender: SVN mid-2011
  • osm2pgsql: 0.69 (svn r22215)

Supported Platforms: GNU/Linux, Mac OSX, MS Windows

API Interfaces (data): REST (via Xapi), XML


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