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Een goede manier om met het OpenStreetMap project te beginnen is door GPS track logs te uploaden. Deze worden dan toegevoegd aan de achtergrond van de edit kaart als dunne lijntjes of puntjes. Deze lijntjes of puntjes zijn de basis van met de hand getekende lijnen. Als je problemen met het uploaden hebt kan deze pagina of de FAQ je helpen.
GPS waypoints cannot be uploaded to the OSM database at present. However, they can be converted to tracks and being uploaded temporarily, if necessary.

Welke formaten worden ondersteund?

Bestanden moeten in GPX formaat zijn. De server accepteert standaard GPX versie 1.0 and 1.1, behalve dat de tag <time> in elke track of waypoint aanwezig moet zijn. Zie user page van Farzaneh voor het uploaden van trackpoints zonder tijdsinformatie.

Het geografische datumformat van OpenStreetMap WGS-84, dus zorg ervoor dat je tracks in WGS-84 lat/lon zijn. GPX zijn normaal gesproken altijd in WGS-84 formaat, maar je moet oppassen als je tracks van andere format (en mogelijk andere formaten) converteert naar GPX.

Voor meet informatie over GPX en het maken van GPX bestanden, zie Making GPX Tracks en Editing GPX Tracks.

Ingepakte bestanden

A single file may also be uploaded after being compressed by gzip, having a .gpx.gz extension. If you have multiple files to upload, you may compress them into a zip archive and upload it. It will then be treated as one big gpx file (that is, only one entry in your trace list is created).

How to upload a file

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Note that the map editor login (OSM account) is different from the wiki login
The upload procedure described here is not the same as uploading images to illustrate the wiki pages
  • Click "GPS traces" tab (in case of an error message, have a look at Platform Status)
  • Click "See just your traces, or upload a trace" to get to the upload page
  • Use the "Browse" button to select a GPX file on your local computer
(see GPS Serial to USB to learn how to create gpx files),
  • Enter a description and/or tag
  • Click "Upload".

The file will be uploaded to the OSM server, where it will join the queue of files waiting to be inserted into the database. You will see the following message:

Your GPX file has been uploaded and is awaiting insertion in to the database. This will usually happen within half an hour, and an email will be sent to you on completion.

Please note: On weekend and Monday this duration time normally extends to 8..24 hours.

A list of your traces and their current status will be shown below the upload form.

If you are searching a way to automatically upload GPX files to OSM, you can have a look a this Batch Upload Perl script. In the future the OSM API may support a better approach.


Tags are a simple way of describing your file, with single word, which will allows you to group the file alongside other similar traces. For example all the traces tagged 'Melbourne' are listed at You may have seen the same idea around the web, e.g. for tagging photos, bookmarks, blog entries, etc.

Each file can have many tags. Usually tags are the country and the cities, that your trace concerns. You have to separate tags by spaces, not commas (,). If you have any comma in the tags field, the upload will fail! This also means, you have to use underscore (_) in tags instead of spaces!

What happens to my file after it has been uploaded?

Your GPX file is parsed by the OSM server and points are extracted and inserted into the database. Note that this operation can be delayed. Requests go into a queue on the server, and occasionally there is a backlog. Once completed however, you should be able to...

  • See your trace among others, while editing, (and use it to draw map features over the top)
    • In Potlatch toggle 'Show GPS tracks' (use the icon, or press 'G')
    • In JOSM on the download dialogue window, tick to fetch 'Raw GPS data'.

You will not see any streets drawn in over your tracks, until you (or somebody else) uses an editor to draw the streets as nodes and ways with tags.

Applications supporting direct upload of GPS track logs

The following applications support direct upload to OpenStreetMap:

  • Track'n Trail is an application for iPhone 3G.
  • OSMTrack is another iPhone 3G application with direct upload to OpenStreetMap.

Upload Waypoints

GPS waypoints cannot be uploaded to the OSM database directly. However, they can be converted to tracks and then being uploaded temporarily. So they can be displayed as background objects in Potlatch.

See Upload Waypoints.