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Author vmarc
License MIT
Platform Web
Languages English and Dutch
Source code github
Programming languages Typescript and Scala

Node network routeplanning and quality assurance.

(Work in progress)

knooppuntnet logo

About Knooppuntnet

Knooppuntnet is an OSM-based web site for the management and usage of node networks. It works with all current browsers on all current devices, and offers two main applications: Analysis and Planner.

The two main Knooppuntnet applications
Application Logo What does it do? Manual
Planner knooppuntnet planner icon Shows the node networks and offers an international routing node network planner with POI's. It outputs gpx-files, shareable links, QR-code scan links, and printable route descriptions. Planner manual
Analysis knooppuntnet analysis icon Analyses node networks and detects errors. It offers direct links to OSM-editors to repair nodes, routes and networks. Analysis manual

Open source: Knooppuntnet is an open source project using 100% free OpenStreetMap data. The map data, network data and application are completely crowdsourced. Any user with free registration can correct OpenStreetMap errors, add enhanced POI data, report a bug, map or data error, or suggest a potential enhancement.

Languages: Knooppuntnet is available in Dutch and English. German and French translations are under way. Other translation may follow when node networks find their way to other countries.

Version: The current production version is This version has no planner. Version 3 will have the planner. It is under development and will be released in a few months.

What is a node network?

A node network is a network of numbered junctions, called "nodes", interconnected by node-to-node routes. Each numbered node points to adjacent numbered nodes. The node-to-node routes are typically waymarked with simple arrows in both directions. Variants exist, e.g. a network where the user chooses a colour to follow, rather than a number. Some networks use named nodes instead of numbers. Node networks are usually recreational, but commuter cycling networks are being developed in Germany and Belgium.

A planned hike, boat trip or ride over a node network uses a list of numbers to follow. Therefore node networks need special planner maps to create a route for a trip. Paper planners and paper network maps were used in the early days; cyclists were seen with wristwraps showing the chain of numbers, special cards in perspex cases with neck cords were available to carry "node cards" on a hike. Nowadays recent paper maps are scarce and limited and people increasingly rely on smartphones and GPS-devices. Many planner apps and sites are appearing on touristic platforms, but most are limited in geographic scope, limited to walking or cycling, cannot handle variants, or need a paid account.

That is why a free global node planner app for all types of node networks is a must. Knooppuntnet offers one, based on the free and open platform of OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap data and Knooppuntnet services

Knooppuntnet uses the OpenStreetMap standard tile layer (also known as openstreetmap-carto) to generate its maps and data files.

OpenStreetMap (map data and server side components) and Knooppuntnet are different open projects. Therefore support concerns need to address OpenStreetMap for "data" issues, and Knooppuntnet for "software" issues. For instance, problems with the underlying map data (key and value omissions, way connection errors, inconsistencies, etc.) can cause the Knooppuntnet planner to miss the very best routes. Once the underlying map data is fully complete and correct, Knooppuntnet should produce expected results.

The Knooppuntnet data files are frequently updated from the OpenStreetMap database (OSM for short). Each update typically has hundreds to thousands of corrections and additions. Most of the data requires constant vigilance to remain relevant and accurate with numerous organizations moving, or going in or out of business each month. Supplying correcting map information to the OpenStreetMap organization is very easy. You can simply just report problems, and that by itself is very helpful. Or you can actually roll up your sleeves and edit the map data directly. After registering you can use the free user programs to edit the underlying data directly.


Split for Analysis and Map/Planner

Useful links

Node Networks

  • Cycle node tagging (Dutch)
    Details about mapping bicyle node networks (also valid for mapping walking node networks).
  • Waymarked Trails
    Map showing sign-posted hiking and cyling routes around the world.


  • Wiki
    OpenStreetMap documentation.