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Author: Many
License: ISC
Platform: web-based (Javascript)
Version: 2.15.5 releases (2019-08-26)
Languages: English and multiple languages
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. 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.

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:bhousel and others are contributing.

Test a prerelease version of iD

Localisation / translation

iD uses transifex for translations more information on GitHub.

Controversial decisions

Some decisions by the maintainers – mainly regarding tagging – appear controversial or lack support by the community. These cases are documented at iD/Controversial_Decisions.


See also: entries of the mapbox osmdev blogs (only until July 2013)

Press coverage

See also