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Automated edits and semi-automated edits are changes to the OpenStreetMap database with no or very limited human oversight or engagement. Edits of this type can be made by bots, import tools, script based algorithmic processes that adjust the data, and also large-scale use of 'find and replace' functions in general purpose map editing tools such as JOSM. The creation and usage of such tools should conform to the Automated Edits code of conduct. The Autonomous edits log page can be use to document automated edits that have been performed.

Change rollback of inappropriate edits to OpenStreetMap is difficult, particularly where further edits have been made to any of the features touched by the changes. Inappropriate edits of this type is against the community guidelines and may be treated as vandalism should it persist.


A bot (derived from the word "robot") is an automated or semi-automated tool that carries out repetitive and mundane tasks to help maintain OpenStreetMap. Bots are able to make edits very rapidly and can disrupt OpenStreetMap if they are incorrectly designed or operated. For these reasons, an Automated Edits code of conduct has been developed which should be followed when creating or operating a bot.

Bot Description Last used Account Owner Language
Botika Used to repair street names in Colombia May 2013 Botika Ikks English/Spanish
BugBuster Splits long ways, removes duplicate nodes Oct 2012 BugBuster Bürste English
Czechreg Makes automatic corrections (and updates) of Czech administrative boundaries and places Active czechreg xificurk English
General Dreedle Automatically reverts edits by blacklisted contributors Jan 2013 General Dreedle Richard English
Is_in-bot Adds 'is_in tags to places in Germany Nov 2008 Is in-bot flohoff English
MS BOT Makes adjustments to tags within French speaking community Nov 2012 MS BOT Marcussacapuces91 French
Xybot Cleanup of tags, removing null tags, trimming leading and trailing spaces, correcting common typos Sept 2012 xybot xylome English
Wall-E Carries out automatic corrections of specific errors in Germany and Austria Active Wall-E [Oli-Wan] English


Bot Description Last used Account Owner Language
TMCImporter Used to import administrative area data in Germany? Dec 2009 TMCImporter MarcusWolschon English

Other automated edits

Automated edits operated via personal accounts
User Language Description
MichaelSchoenitze's bot English Automated edits made using Michael's personal acccount?
User:EtienneChove French Changes in France. Uses a personal account rather than an separate account.

Editing software

Name Author Description
Osmsync brycenesbitt Merge-sort software that can be used to sync external data and OSM. Created to update car sharing locations

Wish list

Please talk about automated edits you would like to see done on Talk:Automated edits.

See also