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Authors: Blacktocat.svg openstreetmap/iD/graphs/contributors
License: ISC
Platform: Web
Version: 2.20.2 releases (2021-10-28)
Languages: English and multiple languages
Source code: Blacktocat.svg openstreetmap/iD / Blacktocat.svg openstreetmap/id-tagging-schema
Programming language: JavaScript

iD is an OpenStreetMap editor programmed in JavaScript (usable directly in the browser without plugins) with the aims to be simple and friendly. It is the default editor at homepage.

Before starting – privacy concern

By default, iD will load assets from a few third parties, including from Facebook. If you do not disable this, Facebook will know that you are using iD, and will know approximately what you type in iD's search field, notably which chain store names. Whether Facebook stores and uses this information about you, is not known.

The assets from third parties can be disabled in iD with a setting: press P to view privacy preferences, then uncheck Show Third Party Icons.[1]

Use it

You can use iD with your web browser live on the home page. Simply zoom in on the area you are interested in and click the "edit" button!

Note: In your user preferences you can set the "edit" button to launch different editors. In that case you still can find "iD" inside the "Edit ▼" menu drop-down. By default, though, new users would click simply "edit".

To help you learn iD, there is an interactive walkthrough inside the editor. You will see a prompt on the start-up screen, and it is always accessible via the help icon on the right-hand side (keyboard shortcut is H). You also can browse the collection of questions related to iD on If your question has not been asked already, just add it. A list of keyboard shortcuts is available, too.

A more detailed tutorial for iD can be found at the LearnOSM web site.


iD uses d3js as a rendering layer and has a fast, modular core that manages OSM data. The primary mode of rendering is via SVG, though other renderers will be considered in the future.

Contributions are very warmly welcomed. Currently User:tyr, User:bhousel and others are contributing.

Test a prerelease version of iD

Localisation / translation

iD uses transifex for translations more information on GitHub.

Project history

Its development began in summer 2012 and it is available for use on the homepage since May 2013. In May 2014 it replaced Potlatch 2 as the default editor.

Alpha and beta

On July 13, 2012 Richard Fairhurst published a blog post where he announced he was working on a new JavaScript based OpenStreetMap editor. By the time he was already famous within the OSM community for his web editors Potlatch and Potlatch2 written in Flash, and as it was clear that there was no future for Flash based applications, iD was the consequential next step. Some months later on September 20, Mapbox announced they had been granted 575,000 USD from Knight Foundation to improve the core infrastructure of OpenStreetMap, and that they were planning to use it for the development of the iD editor. The first alpha version was released on December 21, 2012 and the beta version on April 2, 2013.

Version 1 onward

On May 9, 2013 version 1.0 was released. Initial development was primarily done at Mapbox by Tom MacWright, John Firebaugh, Saman Bemel-Benrud, Ansis Brammanis and Bryan Housel. Bryan Housel maintained the project until 2020.

Quincy Morgan was the appointed iD maintainer until Apr. 26th, 2021.

Milos Brzakovic was the interim maintainer from then until the appointment of Martin Raifer (known also as tyr_asd or tyrasd) in November 2021.[2]


Since software version 2.14 (Feb. 2019) there is an implemented integrated Issue manager and advanced validation system available.

Controversial decisions

Main article: iD/Controversial Decisions

Some decisions by the maintainers appear controversial or are lacking support by the community. In June 2020, the OSMF board asked for comments on potential approaches to resolving controversies.[3][4][5]


See also: entries of the Mapbox OSM Development blogs.[6]

Press coverage


See also

External links