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Tile Usage Policy 8


I am the current maintainer of Shotwell and we have a patch set that adds image browsing by geolocation on a map and image tagging via a map. The patch set currently uses the OSM tile server for testing purposes but is not available in any released version.

Since Shotwell (currently) is the default image management software for Fedora (will be changed in 28 to GNOME Photos) and Ubuntu (will be changed probably with 18.10), there might be a reasonably large user base. But I do not have any numbers whatsoever and I would not really want to just unleash this without any permission.

My main plan would be to piggy-back on GNOME's mapbox tile access, but that also needs a (pending) policy within GNOME.

So I would like to also ask for OSM direct usage permission as well in case of using the GNOME access doesn't work out. I would also be ok with setting up a mapproxy server, I just do not have the knowledge or power to do the tile hosting myself.

The tile access is not enabled by default, the map widget has to be enabled through some settings

Tile Usage Policy 7

Hello, Mr. Burgess,

I have developed a program for printing paper charts from OpenSeaMap. (I am already in contact with them). The program can be found here: It has the following properties:

  • works browser-like ie. downloads only tiles needed for immediate display
  • caches tiles locally (OpenStreetMap tiles are cached 1 month by default, OpenSeaMap tiles 1 week)
  • uses 1 thread for download
  • identifies itself with a user agent string of "PKCChartTool"

I hope this is ok for you. Thanks Thomas

Tile Usage Policy 6

Hi Mr. Burgess.

We are want to change Google Maps to OSM, we have a GPS tracking system and we would like to use the OSM servers. Please let us know any additional requirement

Thanks. Ale.

Tile Usage Policy 5

Hello M. Burgess,

I work for a company building web apps in logistics domain. We are working on a service using the OSM tile and I would like to request a permission for using the OSM servers.

Thank you for your time.

Regards, Seb

Tile Usage Policy 4


I'm working at a consulting agency with a small number of clients. We wanted to know if it was possible to get permission to use your tile server? We'll operate under the assumption we cannot per your Tile Usage Policy, but we would appreciate a confirmation either way.

Thanks For Your Time, Fernando

Tile Usage Policy 3

Hi, same question as others: just want to verify that it's ok to start using your tiles on our website and that we won't exceed your limits. Thanks, Robbie

Tile Usage Policy 2


I have the same question about tile usage as Marcel Maron: What are the tile usage limits? How the the tile zoom levels relate to scale? ( the tile useage policy states that zoom level 17 and beyond are forbidden except with prior approval)?

Your help will determine the usage of OSM in platform. Thanks in advance, Eugenia Hesse

Map tiles not updated in 'ages'

Jannuary 25. 2011


It seems mapnik tiles of this area

have not been updated for a long time for zoom levels 10 and 11. I have been editing this area heavily. How can this be?

Who should I contact to clarify this?


Problem with password sync between Tiles@Home and openstreetmap login


I'm running several Tiles@Home servers and am noticing that since the change of my password on the openstreetmap site, they fail on password issues ( Server: ERROR: Authentication failed - please check your username and password in 'authentication.conf'.l). I think there is a password sync issue between the tiles@home servers and the openstreetmap servers? How can I fix this?



Hieronymousch you are asking the wrong person. Tiles@Home is not by run by any of the core OSM administrators. Best to ask elsewhere, likely the OSM irc channel is best. -- Firefishy 13:39, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

yevaud sw configuration

hello, is it possible to add to Gorilla-server.svgyevaud some more SW information (mainly FS settings and special tweaks to pgsql configuration) ? --MichalP 06:15, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

SVN commit


Tom Hughes told me to contact you. I would like to submit a little tweak I have made on the "" example file that makes it run much faster. It was extremely useful to me on one of the projects I have been working on, and I think it would be fair to share my changes with the community.

How can I do so, please ? Do I need a SVN account ?

Best regards,

Bertrand --Bertrandgervais 05:00, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

Tile Logs?

Hello, i'm a student of TU-Berlin currently writing on my diploma thesis, which is loadbalancing in Peer to Peer Networks. The practical implementation part will be a P2P-Network of Tile-Servers with a full renderstack (PostGis->Mapnik->Tirex->Mod_tile) on each peer. I will use this Network to evaluate different load measure methods for load Balancing. The Simulation will run on servers of my university. To make these tests more realistic i am looking for real server logs describing which tile (x,y,z) at what time was served. Could you help me finding something like that?

The theme seems also to be interisting for the OSM -Projekt:

Thank you for your help. Best regards Stefan

Usage of Tile Cache


I have been developing a web application which has been using OpenStreetMap to provide background mapping.

We are using OpenLayers and connecting to a tile server at following address.

I have a few queries about usage limits - where is the best place to post questions of this nature?



You should check out Tile usage policy instead. --!i! This user is member of the wiki team of OSM 17:47, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Tile Usage Policy requeriments

Hi, we are developing a web application that will use OSM, in the tile usage policy is mentioned that one of the requisites for the usage is that heavy users get a permit from the System Administrators, how can I make a more direct contact to describe the application and the usage to determine if it's ok to use OSM for this purpose. The usage of your data servers would be only on the first stages of the project.

I have been blocked

Hi, I'm not sure if this is the place to post this. I was experimenting with the Mapquest tiles and downloaded a portion of a city including levels 17 and 18, which I believe led to me being blocked for a usage violation. I apologize for doing this. I was wondering if the block is permanent or if there is any way to have it lifted.

Thanks, Matt

Download tiles at zoom levels 17 and higher

Hi Jon Burgess, i would like to download tiles at zoom levels 17 and higher, what should i do?

Tile Usage Policy

Hi Jon,

My Name is Marcle Maron, I am a GIS analyst for Woodside Ltd, We are situated in Perth, Australia. We would like to use the Open Street maps as a base layer in an internal WMS, I have a few questions; What are the tile usage limits? ( we would be using the tiles as a base layer that would turn on at scales 1:50,000 to 1:5000) How the the tile zoom levels relate to scale? ( the tile useage policy states that zoom level 17 and beyond are forbidden except with prior approval)?

Any help you could give me would be much appreciated

regards Marcel Maron

Tiles Zoom-Level 17-18

Hey Jon Burgess,

I´m working for a consultant company in Germany. Actually we have a project with a customer.

My company shall develop a software to view geocoordinatal data. There is a list with points of latitude and longitude. These points shall draw on map. So the customer could see where the points are. For this development we have to use a offline map because of protection of privacy. So we want to use OSM. Therefor I would like to ask you if we can download tiles zoom-level 17-18 of the region bavaria in Germany. Is there a possibility for downloading these tiles? If you permit can you tell me how?

Thanks in advance for your response,

S. Wagner

How to contact Jburgess?


I'm developing an Android app and an adapted web application It gathers GPS coordinates of your (moving) Android device and sends these lat/lon to a friend, so she can find you in case you get lost. Here is an example:

Can I use the tile-servers for this? I don't believe this will produce many hits, but who knows?

I didn't find any other way to contact Jburgess. The policy-page only says "contact Administrators" but I cannot find out how. Thnx in advance!

Heinrich uses an invalid security certificate

Hi Jon.

Firefox warns about " uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for * (Error code: ssl_error_bad_cert_domain)"

As Heinrich, I didn't find another way to contact administrators. Maybe putting a link to OSM user profile (<>) can help to PM him/her.

Tile Usage Policy: web browser usage

Hi Jon, my understanding of Tile_usage_policy#Technical_Usage_Requirements is that a web app can use the tile server (in our case it would be trough OpenLayers i.e. OpenLayers.Layer.OSM). But as our client is behind a firewall, all end users (let say 100 - not all at the same time) would be seen as a unique user. Is such a usage still OK? Normally they will stay at level 10, getting closer at specific points (where they have their monitored equipments). The web app can connect to other servers, but the users prefer the OpenStreetMap/OpenSeaMap view (intended was a simpler - and installed - geoserver/postgis server based on Natural Earth data).

Edit: ProxySimplePHP5 just seems to be easier than duplicating a full tile server. Anyway interested in your answer.

acceptance of an application


can I obtain some sort of acceptance of a application that uses OSM tiles from ?

thanks. Chris

Tiles timestamp


is there a way to ask the server for the creation-timestamp of the tiles before download? If so it could be used to implement an effective caching mechanism.


Proxy limitations?

I represent a high-traffic site. We are investigating the possibility of proxying HTTP requests for our map tiles to OSM with heavy disk caching on our end. We want to be good netizens but need to know some additional technical considerations besides those listed on the wiki. Can you please contact me directly for an offline conversation?

Tiles at 17-18

Hey Jon,

I'm looking to get access to a region of tiles at levels 17-18.

The project is to develop an offline map due to privacy/security issues and we want to use OSM. How do I go about asking to download specific regions at the 17-18 zoom level?

Additionally, what are the steps required to do this.

Thank you for any/all assistance.


Question about server's limits


I am about to start a business directory, where all businesses will be displayed on a map. The users will be able to input an address and the map will show this location with all the businesses in the area. The estimated traffic will be 50,000 visitors per day. Can I use your tiles server for this project? Will there be any fees?

Thank you for your time in advance,

Nick Antoniadis

Hi, you should probably install your own tile server, see
What the size of the area? It's an import factor. --Nospam2005 (talk) 19:32, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your fast reply! The area will be the whole Greece country. --Nantoniadis (talk) 19:37, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
I had a question about a similar issue, therefore I'm following the page.
I installed a tile server, the purpose was to experiment before making a worldwide server. I did participate to the first switch2osm install party in Paris and got some requirements for the machine and some more info I can share, just send me a message.

Tile Usage


I am planning to develop an application which uses OSM map tiles. The application will be used by approximately 300 to 500 people per day. I am also planning to cache(save) the map tiles onto the deployed machine in order to reduce the number of map tile requests. The user may zoom up to level 10. The user will zoom only parts of the world.

With this details in mind, I have a couple of questions.

1. Can I hook my application to use the OSM map tile server or should I host my own server? (I am bit worried because, I don't have enough resources to host my own server)

2. Can the map tiles be saved on to our local machine?

Awaiting a favorable reply.

Thanks in Advance.

Tejus Madan

Tile Usage

Hello, I am hoping to roll out a new mapping application for clients and am just wondering what the usage numbers for the tiles are. I imagine that initially there would not be heavy usage but could be down the track. Just want to make sure that this is something that is acceptable and is covered under the license for using openLayers. Regards Daniel Lane

Tile Downloading

I need to download map tiles for zoom levels 3 thru 7 that are in the slippy map format and have 8 bits per pixel. Where can these map tiles be found and would it require special permission to download these tiles?

Tile Usage Policy 4


I am developing a software for my company which uses tiles at zoom-levels 10 to 16 for large areas. Downloads will only occur a few times per month.

I want to ensure that it is ok with the servers and the tile usage policy.

Who can I contact to get more information, thank you.

OSM Tile Usage


We are using your tile server as an interim solution while we get our own tile server up and running. The usage intensity is pretty low. It is however behind a proxy, so all calls to the OSM tile server will originate from the same address. Just wanted to notify you to make sure that it is OK with the servers and the tile usage policy.

Thank you in advance,


Usage of tile server


we have developed an app to accompany peope if they are walking alone. Users can be accompanied by an professional partner and by a friend in parallel. In addition, the user can start an emergency call. In this case, the user is connected to a professional emergency center (to get help as quick as possible).

Today we use Apple and Google maps to show the user where he / his friend is.

But in many cases, OpenStreetsMap provides a much more detailled map (which is espacially in this case better).

The app is for free!

Can we use the tile-servers to show the map (and help people to feel better)?

I didn't find any other way to contact the admins.

Thanks in advance, Albert

Tile Usage Policy


I would like to request a permission for using the OSM tiles for the website of one of our customers. We plan to use ProxySimplePHP to keep the requests against the OSM server low.



Tile Usage Policy

Hello Mr Burgess,

I work for a company building an application for our country's environment protection agency. One of the requirements is to use an offline map of protected areas. For this purpose I would like to systematically download tiles at zoom levels down to 18, (maybe 19 if possible?) which will then be displayed offline with leafletjs. I would like to cover 4 areas along the border between Romania and Bulgaria. By my estimation this would require a total of about 90k tiles at zoom level 18. The download would only be done once. I realise this is an imposition and would like to proceed in whatever manner is convenient for you.

Thank you kindly for your time,

Lucian Brancovean

Tile Usage Policy


Can you contact me with regards to using OpenStreetMaps servers for our law enforcement applications and to discuss typical bandwidth required if we were to setup our own server to provide map data to or customers.


Martin Westwood (Director of R&D, SmartCOP)