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Public-images-osm logo.svg direction_north
Directions on destination signs. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use

The keys like direction_north are used to add basic information about a guidepost. They are used to add the approximate direction of destinations shown and provide a simple way of tagging. More details can be added using either a relation of type=destination_sign or destination=* on ways.

This key was never formally proposed and discussed, but popped up in the German Wiki some years ago. In the meantime this group of keys is used already 30,000 times.


Add a guidepost using the tags tourism=information and information=guidepost. Add the text on each of its fingers using one of the eight keys below. The values should be the text as shown on the sign. Multiple entries can be separated by ; (semicolon).

Note that the direction given can only be approximate and there is no direct connection with the way a guidepost points to. This information can be added using a relation with type=destination_sign.

See also