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Beside rendering, the searching of the database is a important step towards routing. So this is about approaches to search OSM or to link it with the web.

Search engine services

These options are available as services you can call:

  • Nominatim is deployed on OpenStreetMap servers, and powers the search on the front page as well as offering an API.
  • LocationIQ.org runs nominatim with OSM data but on SSDs
  • MapQuest also run nominatim with OSM data as part of their open initiative
  • YaCy - a P2P open source search engine
  • OpenCage hosted by Opencage Data Ltd - searches across OpenStreetMap, geonames, geoplanet among other sources.
  • Photon hosted by Komoot.de
  • GeoCheck hosted by IdeesLibres.org - searches across Nominatim OSM, Google, Photon OSM, ideeslibres.org BANO, IGN, Etalab BANO
  • Osmocoder hosted by 123map.de, able to do batch geocoding, so far for area of Germany, and in German language.
  • OSMNames maintained by KlokanTech.com and HSR - provides basic search in place names with autocomplete. The project also generates gazetteer data from OSM.
  • Mapzen Search provides the Pelias geocoder as a web service to search across OSM, OpenAddresses, Geonames and Who's on First including a free tier.

Search engine software

These options can be deployed to your own server: