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Available languages — Key:fixme
Public-images-osm logo.svg fixme
Osm element key.svg
Description of a (possible) error in the map
Group: Annotations
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Documented values: 1
Useful combination
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

The fixme key allows contributors to mark objects and places that need further attention. These can be in the form of a "note to self" or request for additional mapping resources.

Its distinction from note=* is that fixme is only to express that the mapper thinks there is an error, while note might be information to other mappers. Alternate forms include FIXME=* and note=FIXME*.

You should not use it for errors that can be be automatically detected by error detection tools.

Related tags

  • comment=*for adding text describing the changeset to other mappers.
  • description=*for adding text that might be viewable to the end user.
  • note=*A note to yourself or to other mappers.
  • noexit=noFor tagging incomplete ways (not completely surveyed) as such
  • source=*For indicating the source of unconfirmed data


Use fixme=resurvey for objects with unconfirmed coordinates together with source=*.

Use fixme=continue with noexit=no for nodes that constitute the final known point in a way (some people also use fixme=stub for ways that end and have no noexit=* at their end node).

A way with

  • highway=residential together with
  • fixme=this section of highway ABCD added from memory, add a gpx trace and adjust

or just

  • fixme=resurvey

A node or way in an interchange with

  • fixme=This interchange is complete with the exception of the SB to WB ramp to Highway ABCD. Would an OSM commuter who takes that ramp trace it please?

An otherwise untagged way surrounding some part of a town with

  • fixme=resurvey names in this area, entered from memory

An otherwise untagged node with

  • fixme=this area has some missing streets

when a surrounding way cannot be drawn (due to not knowing how far the problem extends)

Bad uses

Incorrect Explanation Correct
amenity=place_of_worship with fixme=yes It is unclear what the mapper should check. amenity=place_of_worship with fixme=check if evangelical or lutheran
tourism=museum with note=FIXME What are the problems? tourism=museum with fixme=check the name, I found two
A missing tag that is expected in a combination such as a name on a street, tracktype on a track, etc. I forgot to check name/tracktype/x can someone go there and check that ? Other mappers already know the tag x is missing because there is no tag x! If you desperately want to fix tag x, go back there! Spamming the fixmes with "please improve this place" will probably reach the opposite goal where mappers are going to get the alert tools spammed! If found, delete the fixme ;-)

This is not a tag for robots nor for any automated edits

This page says The fixme key allows contributors to mark objects (…), and I think contributors means "humans" contributors with "manual" contributions, not automatic bot editing and adding mass of fixme everywhere to flood other interesting "fixme" requests of other mappers.

Tools showing those fixme-tags

See Also