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Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world. The most popular web service is Groundspeak ( and the open alternative is the Opencaching Network.

Not including geocaches into OSM

Many mappers recommend to keep geocaches out of the database due to several reasons. Here are some from the latest German discussion.

  • Importing geocaches from other sources is almost impossible due to license issues.
  • The Opencaching Network already serves geocaching information under a CC-BY-NC-ND license.
  • Geocaching has its own databases. Duplicating information creates a maintenance issue, e.g. when caches are temporarliy disabled or archived.
  • Geocaches do not connect to other OSM objects, are hard to verify and do not support to guide the way.
  • There is no public interest to render this data except for geocachers.
  • Some caches are only for an event or a short time period.
  • The most types of geocaches require a geocaching community or more detailed information which cannot be served by the OSM.

For the last reason there is almost no type of geocache which can be included into the OSM except traditional caches for example. Hence OSM is not a good place to provide information about caches itself.

Geocaching websites using OSM

Almost every Geocaching platform provides OSM tiles. Here are some: XCTrails, Opencaching Network (, etc), and

Apps for Geocaching using OSM

Name Screenshot Platform License Offline Maps supported OSM tiles OSM vector map Dedicated to geocaching Login to Geocaching Network Supported Networks Remark
c:geo - android Apache License 2.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, Opencaching Network,,,
Locus Locus screenshot01.png android proprietary (free, paid) Yes Yes Yes
OsmAnd Android-osmand-routing.png android GPL v3 Yes Yes Yes No No - shows up an option to filter for "Geocache"
Cachebox Cachebox screenshot.PNG windows mobile GPL
Looking4Cache Looking4Cache.png ios proprietary(free, paid) Yes Yes Yes Yes


Geocaching is supported by many Garmin devices. Here are some pages on the Wiki which deal with information about Garmin.

Events for OSM and Geocaching

There are several Events and Conferences dealing with OSM and about the geocaching community. The following lists might include some in your region.

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