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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
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 ? Webapp
MapboxOutdoors.jpg MapBox ? Webapp
OSMB-Manhattan.png OSMBuildings WebGL viewer - also available as Classic Version for visualizing on interactive maps ? 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
Maps.me android screenshot 2018-01.png MAPS.ME for Android/iOS free - dual-licensed under Apache License 2.0 and Open Database License. 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?

See also

Notable dead projects