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Photon is an Open Source geocoder ("Name and Address Search") built for OpenStreetMap data. It was originally based on Apache Solr and now on elasticsearch. Photon was developed by komoot.

It provides a Geocoder, which is:

  • multilingual (currently English and German)
  • Search-as-you-Type

It is used in production with thousands of requests per minute at

A public API (as well as their terms of use) is provided on the project page.

How to contribute

Join the project team to improve Photon and built a fast, search-as-you-type enabled geocoder for OpenStreetMap data!

Photon software is open source and licensed under Apache License, Version 2.0

The source can be found on GitHub.