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Author: Telenav
License: LGPL (apps / web) and CC-BY-SA (images) (free of charge)
Platforms: Web, Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows
Version: 2.5 (Android), 2.6 (iPhone) (2018-11-26)
Languages: Catalan, German, English, Spanish, French, and Hungarian
Source code:
Programming language: Objective-C

Collect free and open street level imagery

OpenStreetCam ( is a platform for collecting and providing free and open street level imagery. It provides a web site, proprietary Android[1] and iOS apps, uploading tools, and a dedicated map editor. It is built by Telenav.

OpenStreetCam consists of a web site, proprietary mobile apps, a JOSM plugin, uploading tools and a server back end.

Web Site

The OpenStreetCam web site shows the current coverage on a map and lets the mapper:

  • Log in using their OSM user name
  • Explore coverage
  • Flag images for review
  • Delete their own uploaded trips or images
  • Manually add sign recognitions
  • Open an image location in JOSM



The OpenStreetCam Android and iOS apps for capturing and uploading imagery are available in the Play Store and App Store respectively. See the links in the sidebar. They are free to download and use. The Android application can also be downloaded directly from the OpenStreetCam web site for those who do not want to use the Play Store.

The apps are optimized for driving but can also be used for biking and walking around. If you use the apps while driving it is best to use a good car mount.

The source code for the apps can be found on Github, but is outdated and not maintained there. Source code lacks code for some functionality that is critical for usability of the application. See the sidebar for links.

JOSM plugin

See JOSM/Plugins/OpenStreetCam.

Uploading tools

OSC has GUI as well as command line, Python based tools for uploading imagery. The tools can handle imagery that has at least a longitude and latitude EXIF header. They will also handle directories copied from the mobile device captured with the apps.

Official python upload tools: OpenStreetCam GitHub page

There is also a unofficial GUI Upload tool coded by wiki user James2432 (talk) OSM User LogicalViolinist: OSVUploadr

Downloading tools

As of August 2018, there are no batch downloading possibilities available.

Beta program

OpenStreetCam has a beta program which provides early access to unreleased versions of the apps, web site, editor and JOSM plugin. If you want to join this program, please get in touch with Martijn van Exel (talk) or fill in a form.

Terms and Conditions

This is an extract of the OpenStreetCam Terms as of 2018-08-31:

User Contributed Content

  • You hereby grant to Telenav a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable license to do any act that is restricted by copyright, database right or any related right over anything within the Content.
  • You agree that Telenav may at any time filter, alter, modify, redact, crop or delete your Content in whole or in part in its discretion
  • You acknowledge and agree that we may continue to store, display and otherwise exercise the rights with respect to your Content after termination, deactivation, or archiving of your account.


  • Telenav reserves the right to terminate your access to OpenStreetCam at any time for any or no reason and without notice to you.

Devices and accessories

Car mounting

See OpenStreetCam/Car Mounts for a list of mounting devices allowing capturing stable photos within vehicles using smartphones or tablets.


The OpenStreetCam apps optionally connect to an OBD2 dongle in the car. The apps read speed information to enable more accurate traces and dead reckoning in tunnels and other GPS-challenged locations. See OpenStreetCam/OBD2 for a list of compatible dongles, and add your own.


OpenStreetCam was originally launched with the name "OpenStreetView". This in fact replaced a previous incarnation OpenStreetView (2009) which was started in 2009 by John McKerrell. John transferred the domain name to Telenav, under the condition that the new project would have the same openness and that existing users' images would be transferred upon request. OpenStreetView was later renamed to OpenStreetCam.



  1. Not entirely, see the relevant discussion:

See also