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For discontinued OSM2go server, see Osm2go-server.
Screenshot of OSM2Go
Authors: Till Harbaum, Rolf Eike Beer
License: GNU General Public License v3
Platforms: Linux and Maemo
Version: 0.9.13 (2018-06-24)
Language: English
Website: https://garage.maemo.org/frs/?group_id=830
Source code: https://github.com/osm2go/osm2go
Programming languages: C++ and C

Mobile, touchscreen based editor

What is OSM2Go?

OSM2Go is an OSM editor designed to run on small devices. It's written in GTK+/C and currently runs on GTK equipped Unix and Linux desktops and the GTK/Hildon-based Nokia Internet tablets N900 (running the Maemo platform over Linux) for which it's primarily been designed. Older versions also supported the N800 and N810 devices.

OSM2Go is currently maintained by Rolf Eike Beer, download latest source code from GitHub.

64 bit bug

Versions before 0.8.3 have several bugs in support of 64-bit Identifiers. Later versions should have this fixed.


Nokia Internet Tablets

You can get a installation package for the Nokia Internet Tablet N800/N810 and N900 from the following links.

Click here to install it directly on a N800/N810 (OS 2008 Chinook or Diablo):

http://maemo.org/downloads/product/raw/OS2008/osm2go/?get_installfileMaemo Install.png

For the N900 (with Maemo5) click here :

http://maemo.org/downloads/product/raw/Maemo5/osm2go/?get_installfileMaemo Install.png

Linux: Fedora

On Fedora 14 you can compile and run osm2go using this simple steps:

  • First install all needed dependencies
su -
yum install goocanvas-devel libgnome-devel libsoup-devel libsoup24-devel libcurl-devel cmake git
  • Now you can compile osm2go
git clone https://github.com/osm2go/osm2go
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../osm2go

Linux: Debian and Ubuntu

Binary packages for Debian and Ubuntu stable are being built and released via the Maemo garage page for osm2go, and we're seeking a sponsor for uploads into Debian unstable (and from there into the whole Debian-derived ecosystem). The binary packages are outdated, and will not work with the current OSM Api.

The Debian builds are of OSM2Go's rather loosely defined "desktop" profile, without any Hildon dependencies and with some tweaks to make it more like a desktop app. OSM2Go is still fairly small-screen, and should work nicely on MIDs, netbooks and similar devices.

Linux: openSUSE

  • Install the needed libraries and headers
sudo zypper install libsoup-devel libgoocanvas3-devel gnome-vfs2-devel libcurl-devel libgnome-devel cmake git
  • Checkout and build as described above.

Other Linux or Unix-like OSes

See below if you prefer to compile directly from source. You can grab one of the .orig.tar.gz files from one of the locations mentioned for Debian too: these files are made from SVN trunk snapshots.


Current featureset includes:

  • Managing multiple mapping projects.
  • Adding, moving and deletion of ways and nodes and editing their tags.
  • JOSM-style presets for speedy tagging.
  • Import GPS traces or Live GPS trace for GPS-enabled devices
  • WMS server support: NASA satellite imagery
  • Limited relation support
  • Upload and download changes to the OSM servers!


Version 0.9.x on N900

Version 0.7.23 on N900

Version 0.6 on N8x0

The exact version and device is unknown.


The typical usage pattern of OSM2Go is probably like this:

  • Set up a project with the desired bounds
  • download the project data from OSM
  • go around mapping
  • upload the edited data back to OSM

Setting up a project

Osm2go new project.png

On startup the tool show the project selection. Use the "New..."-button in the lower left corner to set up a new project. First add a name and oIf this is not displayed use Menu --> Project --> Open... and click the Add button. In the next screen enter a project description. Then continue by clicking the "Edit..."-button on the right.

Up to four tabs offer you different approaches to define the area you want to download and edit:

  • Get extends from internal map. This is the easiest approach and should be used by beginners.
  • Export tab on OSM.org
    Use min/max latitude and longitude to define a rectangular box. If you have a desktop computer nearby you can use the Export-tab on www.openstreetmap.org to easily get these value. Click on "Manually select a different area" to drag a box on the map.
  • Set a center point and define width and height around it
  • Get extends from Maemo Mapper. Mind that you need to do at least one move or zoom operation in Maemo Mapper after you started OSM2Go for that data to be readable.

Download OSM data

To download up-to-date OSM data simply tap the "Download..."-button on the project details page.

Go around mapping

Editing a node/way's tags

For editing a node or way you simply select it by tapping. Tap on the blue Osm2go info button.png info button. You can use the Nokia internet tablet's hardware button in the center of the cursor keys as a hotkey as well. The properties dialog for the selected entity is shown.

Adding a new node/way

Osm2go add node.png
Osm2go add way.png
  • Click on the add node respectively the add way button to activate the add mode.
  • Click inside the map to add node(s)
  • If you are adding a way click on the green check after you have added the last node to finish the way.

Adding a closed way (polygon)

If you want to add a closed way (=polygon) simply proceed like described in "Add a new way" above. When adding the last closing way segment click on the first node again.

Upload OSM data

After you have finished editing the new data has to be uploaded back to the OSM database. Use the menu "OSM -> Upload..." to do so.

Development Status

Capable of mapping all important objects and sufficient for small mapping projects. Still under heavy development.

The project page for OSM2Go can be found at https://garage.maemo.org/projects/osm2go/.

Source code access

The source code is available from the Maemo extras repository in Debian package form, but OSM2Go's code is maintained on GitHub.

Mailing lists

There is currently a single active mailing list for this project: osm2go-users. Technical discussion and user support can be found in the archives.


  • 0.9: port to C++, several presets improvements, fix relation handling
  • 0.8: Beginner friendliness, Automatic demo project installation, Setup/Upload wizards, Maemo 5 / Fremantle integration
  • 0.7: Maemo Fremantle support, API 0.6 support, Performance optimizations
  • 0.6: Relation handling
  • 0.5: Adding and deleting ways, splitting and joining ways and nodes, polygon handling
  • 0.4: JOSM presets
  • 0.3: GPS (live and tracks) visualization, WMS server inclusion, multiple projects
  • 0.2: Node editing, moving, tagging
  • 0.1: Initial test release, single project

What's next?

Planned milestones are:

Version 1.0:

  • Qt version