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Viewing OpenStreetMap data in 3D. Using OSM-3D

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 - Buildings and objects in Madrid, Spain generated from OpenStreetMap data in Flightgear 2018. 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 3d Screenshot.png 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 2016-11-15.png blender-osm A Blender plugin pay-for-source (once paid, licensed under GPL [version not specified]) Desktop (plugin)
Generation Streets Screenshot.jpg Generation Streets A video game and a separated command-line tool Video game: proprietary,
Command-line tool: free, licensed under BSD
Kendzi3d more complex roof.png Kendzi3d 3D Renderer part of JOSM Map editor free probably - claims BSDv3 but does not include license file Desktop
OSM2World-Luebeck-Hauptbahnhof.jpg OSM2World free - GNU LGPL Desktop
Blicky-NYC.png Blicky Map Seems to be offline ? Webapp
MSN Rostok 3D.png MapSurfer Only building heights

Website domain is no longer active

? Webapp
MapboxOutdoors.jpg MapBox ? Webapp
OSMB-Manhattan.png OSMBuildings WebGL viewer - also available as Classic Version for visualizing on interactive maps free - composed of parts with different free licenses Webapp
OSMgoScreenshot.png OSM go Map ? Webapp
Osm3d frankfurt2.jpg OSM-3D.org Map Only building heights.

Needs Java-plugin 1.6 or older to show.

? Webapp (Java)
Wma webglbuildings.png WikiMiniAtlas Map Integrated in Wikipedia. free - GPLv3+ Webapp
Vizicities WebGL dynamic OpenStreetMap visualisation platform + live transport and data overlays free - BSD 3-clause Webapp
OpenStreetMap-OSM-3D-Android-OSG-Map-20.png OSG-Maps Android (Play Store) for Android ? Mobile
See also
A similar list of map applications can be found on Simple 3D buildings page.
Demonstration areas
Quick access to demonstration areas is available on 3D Demo Areas 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:

Notice: Please note that the sources must be qualified by their license for use. See for example Category:Data Licenses.


The 3D models can either be created using OSM itself (i.e. through the simple 3D buildings), or use externally created models that utilize 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?

See also

Notable dead projects