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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

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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.
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Potlatch 2 is the precursor to iD, still used by quite a few people, and still available under the 'edit' button drop-down ("▼"). Requires Flash.
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JOSM is a highly expandable standalone Java desktop application which allows fluid zooming, panning, and editing of a locally stored dataset, before uploading changes in a batch.


For a more detailed comparison of the major editors see the page 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] Amenity Editor 0.94-SNAPSHOT.png Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD, BeOS, Syllable, AmigaOS, OpenIndiana, etc. Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
ArcGIS Editor for OSM [2] Tools20b.png Windows (Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Mobile 2003) Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes
Data4All [3] Data4all screenshot.png Android Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes
GNOME Maps [4] Linux Yes Yes No No
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Yes
geoMapTool GeoMapTool.jpg Android, iOS Yes No Yes Only when adding a way. No Yes
Go Map!! Go Map Buildings and Selection.png iOS 7+ Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes
Goosm [5] Goosm.png Android Yes Yes Yes No
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Yes
GPSMapEdit [6] Gpsmapedit mit osmkarte.png Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes
GpsMid [7] GpsMidScreenshot1.png J2ME, Android Yes Yes Yes Not directly, will open web browser editor for area.
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Yes
iD [8] Id-May 2013.png Web-based (JavaScript) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
iD-indoor [9] ID-indoor interface.png Web-based (JavaScript) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
JOSM [10] JOSM-Jan-2009.jpg Windows, Linux, macOS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Level0 [11] Level0 Screenshot.png Web Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes
MAPS.ME [12]] Maps.me android screenshot 2015-10.png Android, iOS Yes Yes Yes No
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Yes
MapStalt Mini [13]] MapStaltMini addPlace.png Windows Phone Yes Yes Yes No
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Yes
MapThisSpace [14] Mapthisspace-screenshot.png Web Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Merkaartor [15] Merkaartor sample.jpg Windows, Linux, macOS Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Mumpot [16] Mumpot neo-streetedit screenshot.png Linux, OpenMoko, GPE
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Yes
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Yes
Nomino [17] Windows, Linux, macOS, Syllable, BSD, illumos, BeOS, Blackberry OS, iOS, Solaris, QNX, etc. No No Yes No
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Yes
OpenMaps [18] OPenMaps screenshot.jpg iOS Yes Yes Yes No
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Yes
OSM2Go [19] Maemo5-0.7.23-mainscreen.png Linux; Maemo (N800, N900) Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes
OsmAnd [20] Android-osmand-routing.png Android Yes Yes Yes for nodes.
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Yes
OSMapTuner [21] OSMapTuner screenshot.jpg Android No Yes Yes No
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Yes
Potlatch 1 [22] Potlatch worcester.gif Windows, Linux, macOS Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Potlatch 2 [23] P2-osm.png Web-based (Flash) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Pushpin OSM [24] Pushpin OSM screenshot.png iOS Yes Yes Yes No
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Yes
RawEditor [25] Rawedit screenshot.png Web Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes
ShareNav [26] ShareNav map.png Android, J2ME, Windows (including Windows 2000 and Windows XP), Linux, macOS Yes Yes Yes Not directly, will open web browser editor for area.
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Yes
Vespucci [27] Vespucci screenshot.png Android Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
QGIS [28] QGIS 2.2 Valmiera showing new menu design.png Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes

This table is generated automatically by a bot. Do not edit it manually. Learn more.

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.

See also

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