Editing

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Editing OpenStreetMap is the process of making changes to the map data - such as adding roads, pubs or changing names of features. Several editors can be used to edit features in the OpenStreetMap database. Before you can edit any data you will need to create an OSM account.

Beginners Guide

The Beginners' guide will show you how to add data to OpenStreetMap. Tutorials are available in many languages and can be select from the table at the top of the page. You may also wish to see Mapping projects for inspiration about what to map.

Top three editors

  • iD is the easy to use editor found per default on the "Edit" button of the OpenStreetMap homepage, and is ideal for quick editing contributions. It runs in your browser and downloads data automatically as you look around.
  • Potlatch 2 is an intermediate-level editor available under the "Edit" button drop-down ("▼"). Requires Flash.
  • JOSM is a standalone desktop application (cross-platform; requires Java) which allows fluid zooming, panning, and editing of a locally stored dataset, before uploading changes in a batch.

For a more detailed comparisons of the major editors see comparison of editors.

Choice of editors

Because OpenStreetMap is an open platform with an editing API, there are many other editors to choose from, some with a simplified sub-set of functionality, some operating on specific platforms such as mobile devices. The following table lists the options.

Name Screenshot Platform Add POIs Edit / Delete POIs Edit arbitrary tags of existing OSM objects Edit geometries Support imagery offset DB Upload to OSM
Amenity Editor [1] AemnityEditorPreview.jpg win; linux; macos Yes Yes Yes No ?


Yes
ArcGIS Editor for OSM [2] Tools20b.png win; win2k; winxp; wm; wm2003; Yes Yes Yes Yes ?


Yes
Bluemapia [3] Bluemappia screenshot.jpg wm; iphone Yes ?


?


?


?


Yes
GeorgeMap [4] GeorgeMapSS4.jpg wm5 No No Yes No ?


Yes
Go Map!! Go Map Buildings and Selection.png iPhone; iPad Yes Yes Yes Yes ?


Yes
Goosm [5] Goosm.png android Yes Yes Yes No ?


Yes
GpsMid [6] GpsMidScreenshot1.png J2ME; Android Yes Yes Yes not directly, will open web browser editor for area ?


Yes
iD [7] Id-May 2013.png web-based (Javascript) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
iLOE [8] Iloe screenshot 16.jpg iphone Yes Yes Yes No ?


Yes
JOSM [9] JOSM-Jan-2009.jpg win; linux; macosx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Level0 [10] Level0 Screenshot.png web Yes Yes Yes Yes ?


Yes
Level0 [11] Level0 Screenshot.png web Yes Yes Yes Yes ?


Yes
Mapzen POI Collector [12] Mapzen POI Collector.png iPhone; Android Yes Yes Yes No ?


Yes
Merkaartor [13] Merkaartor sample.jpg win; linux; unix; macos Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Mumpot [14] Mumpot neo-streetedit screenshot.png linux; openmoko; GPE ?


Yes ?


?


?


Yes
Nomino [15] win; linux; macos No No Yes No ?


Yes
OpenMaps [16] OPenMaps screenshot.jpg iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Yes Yes Yes No ?


Yes
OSM2Go [17] Maemo5-0.7.23-mainscreen.png linux; maemo; n800; n900 Yes Yes Yes Yes ?


Yes
OsmAnd [18] Android-osmand-routing.png Android Yes Yes yes for nodes ?


?


Yes
OSMapTuner [19] OSMapTuner screenshot.jpg android No Yes Yes No ?


Yes
OSMLY [http://osmly.com] OSMLY-example.jpg browser No No Yes Yes ?


Yes
POI+ [http://App Store] Poi-screenshot.jpg iPhone Yes Yes Yes No ?


Yes
Potlatch 1 [20] Potlatch worcester.gif win; linux; macos Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Potlatch 2 [21] P2-osm.png web-based (Flash) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Pushpin OSM [22] Pushpin OSM screenshot.png iOS Yes Yes Yes No ?


Yes
RawEditor [23] Rawedit screenshot.png web ?


?


Yes No ?


Yes
ShareNav [24] ShareNav map.png Android; J2ME; win; win2k; winxp; linux; macos Yes Yes Yes not directly, will open web browser editor for area ?


Yes
Vespucci [25] Vespucci screenshot.png android Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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In the past there were some other choices such as Osmeditor (QT) and osmpedit, however these are no longer maintained, and no longer interface with the latest API.

External Links

See also