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Iran is a country located in Asia, Middle east.

This page contains information about mapping and tagging activities related to this country. Feel free to give opinions and discussions in discussion tab about things related to this page.

Mapping conventions

The Iran/Tagging rules contains a summary of mapping conventions specific to Iran. As much as possible, mapping and tagging should follow the conventions set by the OpenStreetMap community as a whole, such as indicated in pages like Map Features, Feature Index, and Editing Standards and Conventions.

NB: There's a known issue with street labels written in Farsi script that contain numbers. See here for an example. This is a known issue in the Mapnik renderer: Ticket #519. Please add the correct name to the database nevertheless. This will be fixed with Mapnik 0.8.0


If you have a goal that you are working towards or one that you would like to see get done (and are maybe willing to get the ball rolling) then add it to the list here, create a section where it can be coordinated and tracked, and a way of measuring progress. And then get on with it :-)


Freeways - Tagging guidelines and coverage for آزادراها
Roads - Tagging guidelines and coverage for جادها


City OSM
Progress. what? who?
Tehran map y! good progress.
Mashhad map y! excellent progress, almost done - Claudius Henrichs, Saeed Joolaee
Esfahan map y! good progress.
Kermanshah map good progress. Hamid Saydi
Zahedan map excellent progress. - Saeed Joolaee
Kerman map excellent progress. - Mos
Tabriz map only main streets.
Karaj map
Shiraz map y! good progress
Torbat-Heydarieh map at the beginning. Saeed Joolaee
Birjand map at the beginning. Saeed Joolaee
Gonabad map good progress. Saeed Joolaee
Ferdows map good progress. Saeed Joolaee
Zabol map Main streets. Claudius Henrichs, Saeed Joolaee
Howaizeh map excellent progress. Saeed Joolaee
Dezful map good progress.
Lahijan map excellent progress. draw our country ,hota
Yazd map Main streets.
Quchan map excellent progress. Saeed Joolaee
Urmia map Just began the work on main streets. siamak
Kashan map Marked the main streets, needs a lot of work! Emes

Other goals

  • Bandar Abbas
  • Boundaries with and roads to neighbouring countries
  • Bordering city's names in different languages
  • Farsi and English names for places


The country borders were imported from the CIA World Fact Book (WFB).

In September 2009 Claudius Henrichs imported the province and part of the county borders from (Link to Iran at A new OSM-user was set up for this named iran_provinces. The manual import surfaced a large diagonal offset between ML and WFB data. To resolve this the country boundaries from WFB were kept untouched and connections to the province boundary data from ML were created manually.

In August 2016 a new project was started by Adib Yz to enhance the Province boundaries of Iran and also add County, District and Rural administrative boundary of Iran to the map. The source files for this import contains the most up to date administrative boundaries of Iran that are currently used by different Iranian organizations. These files has been obtained from Arak's Technology University under public use license.

See also the List of admin_level values for Iran.

Things that are done

  • Random parts of Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Karaj, Kashan, Kerman, Kish, Naein, Shiraz and Yazd. Mashhad and Tehran have much more detail than the others.
  • Center points for random cities, towns, and villages (many of them contributed by Ali Parsa)
Intra-city Roads
  • Tehran-Qom-Kashan-Isfahan Highway
  • Tehran-Karaj Highway
  • Kashan-Ardestan-Naein-Ardakan-Yazd Road
  • Ardakan-Chak Chak Road
  • Tehran-Semnan-Mashhad Road
  • Lake Chadegan
  • Lake Urmia
  • Island of Hormuz
  • Some main roads in Eastern/Western Azerbaijan
  • I traced the island of Abu Musa, which had high detail yahoo imagery. I had to move the island a few miles to the west so the imagery may not be aligned properly.

Protected Areas of Iran

  • On July and August of 2016 the boundaries for Iran's Protected Areas has been added to Iran's Map by Adib Yz. The source for these areas are the maps from WDPA and Iran's Environment Organization. The three major protection title that has been added are as follows:
    • National Parks of Iran
    • Wildlife Sanctuary of Iran
    • Protected Areas of Iran

03/14/2009 - Roozbeh Gholizadeh Few inner roads in Aryashahr, Shahrak-e-Gharb and Kerman are added.