Converting map data between formats
This page lists tools to convert external map data to and from OSM formats.
GDAL/OGR, ogr2ogr and QGIS – the almost every time working solution
The GDAL/OGR library supports several dozen vector file formats. You can use the ogr2ogr command line programme to convert between them. It is also able to read/write PostgreSQL databases (with PostGIS extension).
A common workflow to get OSM data into a different file format using GDAL is
Using the command line programme ogr2ogr:
- Load OSM data into PostgreSQL database using Osm2pgsql or Imposm.
- Convert data using ogr2ogr where ogr2ogr reads from the database and writes to your desired output format.
Using the QGIS (no command line required):
- Open .osm.pbf file in QGIS
- Save in your desired output format.
|Remember, if you are converting map data into OSM to upload it into OpenStreetMap, be sure to follow the guidelines for an Import.|
This lists only very specific formats, mostly dedicated for a specific import.
|File type||Extension||To import into OSM||To export from OSM||Discussion/Comments|
|AND||?||and2osm||no||See AND Data|
|CIA World Database||.wdb||wdb2osm||no|
|Coastlines||.pgs||perl script||no||See Almien coastlines (PGS)|
|TIGER||??||?||?||See TIGER, most data has been imported|
- For exporting a map as images (PNG, SVG, PDF) please refer to the Rendering page.
- For a much more general overview, see the Export Guide.
- For converting between different OSM file formats (including altering or filtering) see OSM file formats#Conversion between different osm map data formats
- For converting GPS tracks only, see Converting GPS track data between formats