Automated Edits

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Automated edits are all changes to the OpenStreetMap database where the individual change to an object is not performed by a human being. All use of bots should conform to the Automated Edits code of conduct and inappropriate use of bots is considered by the community to be a type of vandalism. Change rollback is not always easy, especially if further manual edits to some features that have been changed have already been made.

Traditionally all changes were done using one of the OpenStreetMap editors (e.g. Potlatch, Merkaartor, JOSM). Automated edits are performed by a computer program/script/bot. The term 'Automated edit' is however also applied to edits made using one of these editors without looking at the individual case - for example, someone downloading all objects tagged "amenity=foo" using the Xapi and then replacing that with "amenity=bar" in JOSM.


There is a log page which you can use to document automated edits that you have performed.

Creating bots

Automated edits are not for the faint at heart. You should have considerable OpenStreetMap experience and good programming skills before you attempt automated edits.

Wish list

Fill in automated edit tasks in this section once consensus is achieved. Wish list discussions is done on the discussion page.

  • Change the tag "fire_hydrant:pipe_diameter" to "fire_hydrant:diameter". There was a mistake in the WIKI page.
  • Clean up the operator tag: "Deutsche Telekom" to "Deutsche Telekom AG". - done.
  • Change Mo,Di,Mi,Do,Fr,Sa,So and Montag,Dienstag,Mittwoch,Donnerstag,Freitag,Samstag,Sonntag (german) in Mo,Tu,We,Th,Fr,Sa,Su (english) in the opening_hours tags. Maybe for other languages too

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