User:Heddam/Indoor Mapping

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This is the user sandbox of Heddam. A user sandbox is a subpage of the user's user page. It serves as a testing spot and page development space for the user and is not an OpenStreetMap article.


for indoor activities outside OpenStreetMap, see Indoor/Projects

Screenshot Indoor mapping tool Description Developer Licence Release date Latest version Latest version date Website
OsmInEdit feature edit.png OsmInEdit A simple web indoor editor, focused on making things easier (floor plan management, dedicated editing modes) Adrien Pavie ISC 2019-09-19 v1.0.0 website


OpenLevelUp shopping mall.png OpenLevelUp A web viewer display indoor data level by level, written in JavaScript, supports both indoor=* and buildingpart=* tag schemes. Adrien Pavie AGPL 3 2015-02-18 v3.0 alpha website
source code
Indoorequal.png indoor= a map that display indoor data from OpenStreetMap François de Metz BSD 2020-07-29 0.1.1 website
OpenStationMap-Birmingham-New-Street.PNG OpenStationMap for (Railway) Stations including the indoors with the Simple Indoor Tagging, but also extensions, e.g. for doors and for stairwells (steps). Example stations are Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Sydney Central or Tokyo Ueno JR Station. Roland Wagner, Roland Olbricht ? ? ? website
A personal assisted navigation to disabled people within the Polytechnic of Bari facilities of the university campus. Eugenio Di Sciascio, Emilia Conte, Michele Ruta, Saverio Ieva ? ? ? website
Mapbox GL Indoor Plugin A mapboxgl-js plugin to enable multi-floors maps MIT 2020-05-08 (pre-release) 0.0.4-rc1 2020-05-27 (pre-release) source code
ESB osm2x3d.png Open Indoor Clement.igonet MIT 2020-07-04 website
indrz Open Source backend (Django python web framework) to manage indoor data for buildings, rooms spaces 2016-01-12 (v. 1.0) 2018-06-15 (latest change in master branch) source code
FootPath infrastructureless indoor navigation on OSM data for smart Android) Aachen University, COMSYS, RWTH GPL-3.0 2010-2011 [licence] 2011-07-23 (last change on github) YouTube
Ways4All Barrier-free travel for everyone - support for people with special needs in public transport
OSMTools Indoor 2012 [licence] website [ dead link ]
OpenStreetMap Indoor Mapping browser Fork of OSMTools Indoor, fully functional indoor building browser, js only. 2012-2014 [licence] source code
ID-indoor interface.png ID-indoor A web indoor editor based on iD, with indoor dedicated features (level filtering, specific map and presets). Adrien Pavie ISC ? ? website
Leadme a software & hardware project to create indoor maps without the availability of GPS signals, in the style of OpenStreetMap Richard Atterer website
Termite an editor specialized for indoor maps. This has been .
Indoor Webapp Levelable indoor maps from OSM data implemented with Kothic JS


website [ dead link ]
OpenCaveMap It's caving mapping and all other underground places website [ dead link ]
Indoor Navigation Market spreadsheet A list of resources for indoor mapping and positioning Nick Such 2013-09 Google Sheets
BuildingLayer indoor mapping startup Nick Such 2011 2014-11 website

Use cases

Indoor maps or information can be used for various applications, e.g.

  • Indoor Navigation/Routing
  • 3D Visualization
  • 2D Maps
  • Public Participation
  • Emergency response
  • Interested Amenities Display (e.g. Toilets, Fire Extinguisher, First Aid Box)

for different venues, e.g.

  • Airports
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Train and subway stations
  • Shopping Malls
  • multi storey parking decks
  • other public buildings

The indoor/use cases page contains a list of venue use case examples, with sample maps from the venues.


There is now a new subforum for Indoor-Mapping:

Let's try to increase the communication in this project. --Andi 12:03, 3 October 2012 (BST)

Make your indoor navigation app content discoverable

There is an API proposal you can implement on your backend to ensure other apps can link to your indoor navigation app.



For the current consensus see Simple Indoor Tagging. The tags below may be outdated or no longer used.

Tags in use

Please see Tagging above for more detailed information

  • level=n - indicates floor level; interpretation of the values varies (see key page)
    • <n> is usually an integer number, sometimes also one or two characters, sometimes combined (e.g. A,B,C,1,2,3).
    • in any case, <n> should be ascending (towards the sky).
    • in some cultures base level is indicated by level 0, in other cultures ground floor is level 1 (or A).
    • there are also usages reported where fraction numbers are used (e.g. level=2.5) indicating a "mezzanine" or "intermediate level" (e.g. intermediate stairway platforms).
  • room=yes - see key wiki page for additional values to describe the type more detailed. Room number ref=* and room name name=* are tagged as appropriate.
  • entrance=yes - building entrance
  • door=yes/hinged/sliding/no - interior doorways
  • capacity=* - the occupant capacity of a room, storey, building or part of a building defined as the maximum number of persons it is designed to hold
  • highway=elevator - elevators
  • highway=steps - stairways
    • conveying=yes/forward/backward/reversible - escalators
  • indoormark=beacon - Bluetooth, NFC, or QR beacon for indoor positioning.

Proposed Tags

  • indoor=yes - Indicates any osm object being inside a room, a building (or both) or a shelter.
    • mandatory has to be discussed, I would prefer an outdoor=yes for the difficult cases. --Saerdnaer 16:48, 28 March 2011 (BST)
  • highway=corridor - Indoor ways, under some previous indoor tagging schemes, and as of 2019 a de facto standard. Another de facto standard for mapping interior routes is highway=footway+indoor=yes.


here are also some abandoned and inactive proposals (oldest last):

Taging proposals more concerned with the 3D shape of the building


An Overpass API based renderer is available : OpenLevelUp


  • The altitude value of GPS devices could be used to identify in which level of a parking multi storey a car is located.
This won't be possible until someone invents a new GPS system that is a lot better at vertical accuracy. --Cartinus (talk) 14:27, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Devices / Technologies

  • High sensitivity GPS device
  • Step counter
  • Compass
  • Acceleration sensor
  • Counting the number of wheel turns in cars / Tachometer
  • Counting the number of floor tiles
  • RFID
  • WLAN
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
  • Audio footprint for rooms
  • Laser rangefinder (e.g. Hector SLAM [1])


There is a discussion of challenges of adding indoor maps to OSM at Challenges for Indoor Maps.