map application library
mapsforge (website) provides a free, open-source, offline vector map library for Android and Java-based applications. With the easy to use API you can build your own map application with just a few lines of code.
The overall goal of the mapsforge project is to provide a free and open toolbox that enables the community to easily create new OpenStreetMap-based applications. Provided tools and APIs include solutions for map rendering, map overlays, downloading maps and more. A sample app for Android is available from the project itself and several third party apps use mapsforge. Swingmapviewer is available for use on desktop computers.
The mapsforge project was initiated in 2008 at the computer science institute of Freie Universität Berlin and is now maintained by volunteers. After a long hiatus, version 0.4.0 was released in May 2014.
Features of the mapsforge map library:
- On-device rendering of OpenStreetMap data
- Powerful and flexible overlay API
- Compact file format for map data storage
- Support for multi-touch gestures (e.g. pinch-to-zoom)
- Very high details (support for ~ 200 OSM tags)
- Runs on all devices with Android 2.3 and higher
- Small library (~ 400 KB, including sources and images)
- Easy to use API and template application.
- 100% free and open source (LGPL license)
Sources for osm data in mapsforge format
- http://download.mapsforge.org/maps/ Mirror
- OpenAndroMaps, direct web link - designed for outdoor activities with height lines and switchable hiking/cycling themes
- http://www.androidmaps.co.uk Selection of frequently updated maps
- http://www.freizeitkarte-osm.de/android/en/index.html Freizeitkarte maps
- http://www.oruxmaps.com/cs/index.php/maps List of additional sources
- http://vectormaps4locus.eu/content/vector-maps (data from January 2012)
- http://extract.bbbike.org/?format=mapsforge-osm.zip Generator with a web interface (data updates weekly)
- http://gps.sebbosweb.com/ (maps from June 2013)
- http://gpsfreemaps.net/category/mapy/locus-mapy Europe maps with contours
- http://locusvectormaps.com Regularly updated maps
Processing coastline data
Processing of coastlines was part of Mapsforge rendering engine. It was removed many versions ago, now coastline processing takes place in advance as part of map creation.
Applications (in lexical order)
- AFTrack GPS-Tracking - closed source, free+paid
- Alminav - closed source, free+paid
- Locus - closed source, free+paid
- OpenTrail - open source (GPL), free
- OruxMaps - closed source, free
- Wikiloc - closed source, free (optional in-app billing)
Java (multi platform)
- Cruiser - closed source, free, multi platform (Android, Windows, MacOS, Linux)
- Mobac - experimental version, open source
- SwingMapViewer - sample maintained as part of the mapsforge sources
- Vectorial Map - closed source, paid, multi platform (iOS, Windows, MacOS, Windows Phone)
A more complete list can be found at https://github.com/mapsforge/mapsforge/blob/master/docs/Mapsforge-Applications.md