Editors

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Technically, OpenStreetMap is a database, and not what everyday language calls a 'map'. There are many software applications, known as editors, that can be used to edit the database. Before you can edit any data you will need to create an OSM account.

(Sometimes 'editor' is used to refer to the person doing the editing, but in OSM-world it is more usual to call this person a user or a contributor.)

Beginners Guide

The Beginners' guide will show you how to add data to OpenStreetMap. Tutorials are available in many languages and can be select from the table at the top of the page. You may also wish to see Mapping projects for inspiration about what to map.

Top editors

Desktop

ID.svg
iD is the easy to use editor found per default on the "Edit" button of the OpenStreetMap homepage, and is ideal for quick editing contributions. It runs in your browser and downloads data automatically as you look around.
JOSM Logotype 2019.svg
JOSM is a highly expandable standalone Java desktop application which allows editing more data at once, using more advanced tools and direct access to data at cost of increased complexity.
Rapid logo 64 Pixel.svg
Rapid is a web-based modern editor for OpenStreetMap. Rapid integrates advanced mapping tools, authoritative geospatial open data, and cutting-edge technology to empower mappers at all levels to get started quickly, making accurate and fresh edits.
P3 logo 128x128.png
Potlatch is the precursor to iD, now available as a desktop application for Mac and Windows.

Mobile

Vespucci-logo.svg
Vespucci is the fully-featured Android editor with the most significant use.
Osm Go!.png
Osm Go! is a light and easy Android editor. Perfect for adding/editing POI when surveying.
GoMap app icon-1024.png

Go Map!! is the most popular iOS editor.

StreetComplete Logo.svg

StreetComplete is an Android app that allows to easily add information. Low barrier to entry, no OpenStreetMap knowledge or experience is needed (beyond creating an account). Is not intended as a general purpose editor, only adding of predefined data to an existing objects and answering notes is available.

Every Door 0.3.0 Logo.png

Every Door is an Android and iOS app that lets you create and edit objects in OpenStreetMap. It supports editing node and polygon features, and creating point features like shops, benches, and building entrances.


For a more detailed comparison of the major editors see the page Comparison of editors.

Choice of editors

Because OpenStreetMap is an open platform with an editing API, there are many other editors to choose from, some with a simplified sub-set of functionality, some operating on specific platforms such as mobile devices. The following table lists some of the options. As with all such lists on this wiki presence on the list should not be considered a recommendation, have a look at the editor usage stats to see what is currently actually in use, typically only those with a larger current user base are consistently maintained and support current good mapping practices.

Name Screenshot Platform Add POIs Edit / Delete POIs Edit arbitrary tags of existing OSM objects Edit geometries Support imagery offset DB Upload to OSM Version
ArcGIS Editor for OSM [1] Tools20b.png Windows yes yes yes yes
?
yes 2019-06-11
10.7
Deriviste [2] Deriviste.png Web-based (JavaScript) yes no no no no yes 2020-05-09
Every Door [3] Every Door 0.3.0 Android - Main Screen.png Android, iOS yes yes Yes, for amenities, shop and buildings. no no yes 2023-10-07
4.0
FireYak-Hydrants [4] Android yes
?
?
?
no yes 2019-03-28
1.3.9
GNOME Maps [5] GNOME Maps.png Linux yes yes no no no yes 2022-03-19
42.0
Go Map!! [6] Go Map Buildings and Selection.png iOS 7+ yes yes yes yes no yes 2022-08-08
3.1.4
GPSMapEdit [7] Gpsmapedit mit osmkarte.png Windows yes yes yes yes
?
yes 2021-03-19
2.1 update 78.18
Healthsites.io [8] Healthsites.io.png Web-based (Pyhton, JavaScript) yes yes yes no no yes 2020-09-24
2.0.21
iD [9] Id-May 2013.png Web-based (JavaScript) yes yes yes yes no yes 2023-08-17
2.27.1
iD-strava [10] GPS-strava.png Web-based (JavaScript) yes yes yes yes no yes 2017-11-07
1.8.5
JOSM [11] JOSM-Jan-2009.jpg Windows, Linux, macOS yes yes yes yes yes yes 2023-08-30
18822
Level0 [12] Level0 Screenshot.png Web-based (PHP) yes yes yes yes
?
yes 2016-02-09
1.2
MapComplete [13] MapComplete Screenshot.png Web-based (Typescript) yes yes yes Limited no yes 2023-10-06
0.33.7
MAPS.ME [14] Maps.me android screenshot 2015-10.png Android, iOS yes no no no no yes 2023-08-10
15.1.71626
OpenRecycleMap [15] 2023-10-16 OpenRecycleMap.png Web, Android, iOS (via PWA) yes only recycling yes only recycling no no no yes 2023-08-17
no versioning
OpenStop [16] OpenStop - Screenshot 2.png Android, iOS yes only bus stops yes only bus stops no no no yes 2024-03-04
0.7.0
Organic Maps [17]] Maps.me android screenshot 2015-10.png Android, iOS yes yes no no no yes 2023-09-22
2023.09.22-27
Merkaartor [18] Merkaartor sample.jpg Windows, Linux, macOS yes yes yes yes no yes 2021-08-27
0.19.0
OSM ↔ Wikidata [19] OSM ↔ Wikidata.png Web-based (JavaScript) no yes no no no yes 2022-03-19
Osm Go! [20] Osm Go-main interface and OSM data.png Web-based and Android yes yes
?
?
?
yes 2023-08-12
1.6.1
OSM2Go [21] Maemo5-0.7.23-mainscreen.png Linux; Maemo (N800, N900) yes yes yes yes no yes 2020-12-06
0.9.17
OsmAnd [22] Android-osmand-routing.png Android, iOS yes yes Yes, for nodes and closed ways with
common tag combinations.
no no yes 2023-10-12
4.6.3
Osmapy [23] Osmapy - Uploading data.png Windows, Linux, macOS yes yes yes yes no yes 2020-06-21
0.0.18
OsmInEdit [24] OsmInEdit feature edit.png Web-based (JavaScript) yes yes yes yes no yes 2022-01-04
1.0.11
OSMyBiz [25] Osmybiz.png Web-based (JavaScript) yes yes no no no yes 2018-11-14
0.1
Pic4Review [26] Pic4Review bus stop type.png Web-based (JavaScript) no yes yes no no yes 2021-08-19
0.5.29
Potlatch (aka Potlatch 3) P2-osm.png Windows & macOS yes yes yes yes no yes 2020-12-30
3.0
QGIS [27] QGIS 2.2 Valmiera showing new menu design.png Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD yes yes yes yes
?
no 2022-04-15
3.24.2
RapiD [28] RapiD screenshot.png Web-based (JavaScript) yes yes yes yes no yes 2022-05-03
1.1.9
RoofMapper [29] RoofMapper.png Web-based (JavaScript) no Only add material to roofs no no no yes 2017-11-13
1.1.3
StreetComplete [30] Streetcomplete screenshot v3.4.png Android only shops Limited deletion of no longer existing features Only for nodes and ways with
supported answers.
It is possible to split ways no yes 2023-09-26
54.1
Vespucci [31] Vespucci screenshot.png Android yes yes yes yes yes yes 2023-10-12
19.2.3
Wheelmap [[32]] Wheelmap app screenshot.jpg Web no no no no no yes Not listed

Other editors:

Other apps:

Specific to country

Editors for:

Down or discontinued

See /Down or discontinued subpage to see list of no longer available or no longer supported ones.

See also

External Links