Bot

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A bot (derived from the word "robot") is an tool that carries out repetitive and mundane automated edits on a regular basis to help maintain OpenStreetMap.

Bots are able to make edits very rapidly and can disrupt OpenStreetMap if they are incorrectly designed or operated.

List of bots

Note that this list is far from complete. Please create an entry in the list if you operate a bot or come across one not documented here.

Bot name Description Active / Last used OSM data
submitting account
Owner / operator
contact
Language(s)
czechreg Makes automatic corrections (and updates) of Czech administrative boundaries and places. Very active Gnome-stock person bot2.svgczechreg (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgxificurk (on osm) English
Mateusz Konieczny - bot account numerous worldwide changes, see documentation Very active Gnome-stock person bot2.svgMateusz Konieczny - bot account (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgMateusz Konieczny (on osm) English, Polish
SearchAroundBot Lets Telegram users insert new nodes in OSM via the Telegram bot Telegram @SearchAroundBot. Currently limited to drinking_water and toilets amenities. Rarely active/
August 2018
Gnome-stock person bot2.svgSearchAroundBot (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) Telegram @Kercos English
M!dgardAutomated Automated changes mostly in Belgium, automatic reverting of changesets by vandals March 2018 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgM!dgardAutomated (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) Midgard[1]
Wiki: User:M!dgard
English, Dutch, French
SafwatHalaby_bot Performs various tasks related to name tags, bus stops, and brands/chain stores (for now in Israel). January 2018 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgSafwatHalaby_bot (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgSafwatHalaby (on osm) English, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian
mechanischer Basstoelpel Search and replace operations in Germany. October 2016 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgmechanischer_Basstoepel (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgBasstoelpel (on osm) English, German
xybot Cleanup of tags, removing null tags, trimming leading and trailing spaces, correcting common typos. March 2016 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgxybot (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgxylome (on osm) English, German
Streetkeysmv Adds official German street keys to ways in province Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. February 2016 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgstreetkeysmv (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) System-users-3.svgKVLA-HRO (on osm) English, German
Wall-E Carries out automatic corrections of specific errors in Germany and Austria. August 2015 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgWall·E (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgOli-Wan (on osm) English
botika Used to repair street names in Colombia. May 2013 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgbotika (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgikks (on osm) English, Spanish
General Dreedle Automatically reverts edits by blacklisted contributors. January 2013 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgGeneral Dreedle (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgRichard (on osm) English
MS BOT Makes adjustments to tags within French speaking community. November 2012 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgMS BOT (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgMarcussacapuces91 (on osm) French
BugBuster Splits long ways, removes duplicate nodes (worldwide activity). October 2012 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgBugBuster (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgBürste (on osm) English
Fixbot Algorithmic changes can be made within a defined geographical areas (mostly in the United States). March 2012 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgwoodpeck_fixbot (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgFrederik Ramm (on osm) English, German
Hotbot Expands abbreviations in tags in Dominican Republic and Haiti. May 2011 Gnome-stock person bot2.svghotbot (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) Humanitarian OSM Team English
is_in-bot Adds is_in=* tags to places in Germany. November 2008 Gnome-stock person bot2.svgis_in-bot (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) User icon 2.svgflohoff (on osm) English, German

Some bots are documented in the wiki following either the schema Automated edits/<Username> or Mechanical Edits/<Username> [<Description>]. Category:Automated edits log might be helpful as well.

Wiki bots

There are also bots operating in this wiki. Some of them are in the user group "bot" (Special:ListUsers) meaning that the user accounts have special user rights. Apart from that, ordinary user accounts used by bots exist, notably TigerfellBot and ToniE osm wiki bot. Some bot accounts are listed in Category:Bots.

Wiki bureaucrats can grant the bot's user rights to user accounts upon request. This enables higher query limits and disables CAPTCHA for them.

The use of bots has been discussed on the talk mailing list in February 2019.[2]

See also

Organised editing
Read more about teams editing OSM
Automated edits
referring to the broader concept of changing data without reviewing every change individually

Footnotes

  1. user name ends with some map symbol that the wiki can not display on a page
  2. https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2019-February/thread.html#82096