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The current incarnation of OpenStreetView is a platform for collecting and providing free and open street level imagery. It provides a web site,, open source Android and iOS apps, uploading tools, and a dedicated map editor. It is built by Telenav.

The current project replaces the original OpenStreetView project was started in 2009 by John McKerrell. John transferred the domain name to Telenav, under the condition that the new project would have the same openness and that existing users' images would be transferred upon request.

OpenStreetView consists of a web site, open source mobile apps, a JOSM plugin, uploading tools and a server back end.

Web Site

The OpenStreetView web site shows the current coverage on a map and lets the mapper:

  • Log in using their OSM user name
  • Explore coverage
  • Flag images for review
  • Delete their own uploaded trips or images
  • Manually add sign recognitions
  • Open an image location in JOSM


Screenshot of OpenStreetView
Author: Telenav
Source code:
Version: 1.9.2 (android), 1.3.9 (iPhone) (2016-07-30)
Install: Google Play
iTunes App Store
License: LGPL (apps / web) and CC-BY-SA (images) (free)
Platforms: Android, iOS, Web, macOS, and Windows
Programming language: Objective-C

Collect free and open street level imagery

The OpenStreetView Android and iOS apps for capturing and uploading imagery are available in the Play Store and App Store respectively. See the links in the sidebar. They are free to download and use. The Android application can also be downloaded directly from the OpenStreetView web site for those who do not want to use the Play Store.

The apps are optimized for driving but can also be used for biking and walking around. If you use the apps while driving it is best to use a good car mount.

The source code for the apps can be found on Github. See the sidebar for links.


The OpenStreetView apps optionally connect to an OBD2 dongle in the car. The apps read speed and angle information to enable more accurate traces and dead reckoning in tunnels and other GPS-challenged locations. See OpenStreetView/OBD2 for a list of compatible dongles, and add your own.

JOSM plugin

See JOSM/Plugins/OpenStreetView.

Uploading Tools

OSV has GUI as well as command line, Python based tools for uploading imagery. The tools can handle imagery that has at least a longitude and latitude EXIF header. They will also handle directories copied from the mobile device captured with the apps.

Official python upload tools: OpenStreetView GitHub page

There is also a unofficial GUI Upload tool coded by wiki user James2432 (talk) OSM User LogicalViolinist: OSVUploadr

Beta Program

OpenStreetView has a beta program which provides early access to unreleased versions of the apps, web site, editor and JOSM plugin. If you want to join this program, please get in touch with Martijn van Exel (talk)

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