The third dimension is a growing topic at OSM. It's already possible to add detailed buildings and a lot of minor objects, which results in a 'feeling like home'.
If you just want to browse 3D city models, you can view them with multiple tools:
|Screenshot||OSM Wiki Link||External Link||Description||Freely Licensed?||Application Type|
|FlightGear||FlightGear.org download||Flight simulator : Accurate Earth model (oblate spheriod). Real-time rendering, accurate daylight and sky from celestial simulation.
Realistic weather and atmosphere rendering. Simulated environment, seasons. Detailed weather simulation with features like snow and rain build-up on OSM objects. OSM objects are downloaded as you fly in FlightGear 2020.3.7 LTS or later.
Notes on realistic renders to showcase OSM: Some learning to configure environment & weather. FlightGear is a research quality simulator first, with an FDM engine that was used by NASA to set a benchmark - so expect a bit of learning curve. However, if you need realistic renders or a moving camera video with realistic weather and environment to showcase OSM data, FlightGear can produce it when configured properly - see their wiki for tips. Try 'UFO' viewer or 'video assistant'. A powerful GPU and CPU is needed for high quality renders with large view distances.
The official scenery sources provide a pre-built world. Areas with no OSM coverage may be set to be auto-generated. If you need a more recent build, or different settings, you need to build it.
|free - GNU GPL||Desktop|
|F4 Map||Map||WebGL realtime render - with fountains, trees, meteo, shadows based on real sun/moon position||nonfree - terms at the bottom of their site in French||Webapp|
|blender-osm||A Blender plugin||pay-for-source (once paid, licensed under GPL [version not specified])||Desktop (plugin)|
|Generation Streets||A video game and a separated command-line tool||Video game: proprietary,
Command-line tool: free, licensed under BSD
|Kendzi3d||3D Renderer part of JOSM Map editor||free probably - claims BSDv3 but does not include license file||Desktop|
|OSM2World||free - GNU LGPL||Desktop|
|Blicky||Map||Seems to be offline||?||Webapp|
|MapSurfer||Only building heights
Website domain is no longer active
|OSMBuildings||WebGL viewer - also available as Classic Version for visualizing on interactive maps||?||Webapp|
|OSM-3D.org||Map||Only building heights.
Needs Java-plugin 1.6 or older to show.
|WikiMiniAtlas||Map||Integrated in Wikipedia.||free - GPLv3+||Webapp|
|Vizicities||WebGL dynamic OpenStreetMap visualisation platform + live transport and data overlays||free - BSD 3-clause||Webapp|
|OSG-Maps||Android (Play Store)||for Android||?||Mobile|
Quick access to demonstration areas are also available on the Simple 3D Buildings page. A similar list of map applications can be found on Simple 3D buildings page.
For artists, it might be interesting to get city models in common 3D formats as .OBJ
The process of detailed recording your environment for later modelling is called micromapping in general. To get a lot of details very quickly, the Photomapping technique is recommend.
Instead of taking your own photos (from top of tall buildings), you can watch for your area at Wikipedia Commons or ask e.g. Wireless Community networks. Some further image services, which are worth to check:
To enter the data of your city, you can use OSM itself, or use an external storage.
Additional list of 3D tagging applications can be found on Simple 3D buildings page.
You are interested in embedding 3D functionality in your own software?
- Template:User 3d - if you like 3D and want to show it on your wiki userpage
- Full list of OSM-based services