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There's lots of translation work to do for the OpenStreetMap project, both by translating the map data itself by giving names to objects on the map in multiple languages and by translating programs related to OpenStreetMap. E.g. the OpenStreetMap website and various editors.

Contributions are invited from anyone who is able to provide full or partial translations. Sometimes development of internationalization support will be needed first.

This page is for listing the various places where translation efforts are being coordinated.

OpenStreetMap map data

Any object in the OpenStreetMap map data that has a name should be given a name=* tag. But translators can also add additional name tags for other languages, see Names#Localization for documentation on name tags with language prefixes, and take a look at this node for Vienna as an example.

This data permits map internationalization, renderings of the map for different languages and also it's useful data for searches to match on.

Unfortunately there are currently no friendly editors for OpenStreetMap data dedicated to just presenting a translation interface and not allowing other edits. But users can use existing editors in the meantime. To translate e.g. the names of all world capitals one could get all the objects tagged with place=city and capital=yes from the XAPI. Open that data in JOSM and start translating & uploading objects. Ævar blogged about doing this for icelandic names of all capital cities.

Maps powered by OpenMapTiles, Planetiler, or Mapbox label places and other points of interest based on labels of Wikidata items, only falling back to OSM's name=* key if a wikidata=* tag is missing or the Wikidata item lacks a label in a given language. [1]

OpenStreetMap website interface

The OpenStreetMap website at can be translated using Go to Website Internationalization#How to translate to find out how this is done.

The OpenHistoricalMap project's fork of this website is also translated on

OpenStreetMap Foundation Social Networks

Twitter profiles and the Facebook page are being translated into many languages here.

Wiki Translation

Since the wiki holds a lot of important help content and documentation, we try to translate it in as many languages as possible so that anyone can contribute to the project with the same knowledge. Translation is taking place on a somewhat ad-hoc basis. We are currently waiting on the Translate extension to be implemented on the wiki.

Editors and other contributing tools

Software by localization platform
Software Platform
BRouter-Web Transifex
Every Door Weblate
Go Map!! Weblate
iD Transifex (documentation)
JOSM Launchpad
JOSM presets Transifex
Level0 Transifex
MapComplete Weblate
MapRoulette Transifex[1]
MapSwipe Transifex
Merkaartor Transifex
OpenAedMap Weblate
OpenHistoricalMap website
OpenStreetMap Americana (legend) Wikidata
OpenStreetMap website
Organic Maps GitHub
Osm Go! POEditor
OSM Streak Transifex
OSM Tasking Manager Transifex
OsmAnd Weblate
OSMTracker Transifex
OSMyBiz Transifex
Pic4Review Transifex
StreetComplete POEditor
Trackbook Weblate
uMap Transifex
Vespucci Transifex
Waymarked Trails


Analysis and quality assurance tools

Renderers and mashups


Other tools

Online translation platforms

You can also search these online translation platforms for more OSM-related tools to translate:

See also