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An R interface to the OpenStreetMap API v0.6 for fetching and saving raw geodata from/to the OpenStreetMap database. This package allows access to OSM maps data as well as map notes, GPS traces, changelogs, and users data. To access OSM map data for purposes other than editing or exploring the history of the objects see Related packages.

You are responsible for following the API Usage Policy. You can modify the user agent of the requests by setting the option osmapir.user_agent:

options(osmapir.user_agent = "my new user agent")

Respect and follow the standards and conventions of the OpenStreetMap community. If you plan to do automated edits, check the Automated Edits code of conduct.


To install latest CRAN version:


You can install the development version of osmapiR from GitHub with:

# install.packages("remotes")
remotes::install_github("ropensci/osmapiR") # Without vignettes

## With vignettes (also accessible at > Articles)
# install.packages("rmarkdown") # Needed to build vignettes.
remotes::install_github("ropensci/osmapiR", build_vignettes = TRUE)

Get started

For an overview of the functions, check ?osmapiR-package or the web.

For basic examples, check vignette("osmapiR", package="osmapiR").

  • osmdata implements the Overpass API to query data from OSM.
  • osmextract matches, downloads, converts, and imports bulk OSM data (.pbf files).
  • OpenStreetMap accesses high resolution raster maps using the OpenStreetMap protocol.

osmapiR is the only package to access other OSM data than the maps data (map notes, GPS traces, changelogs and users). It is also useful to get the history of the OSM objects and is the only package that allows editing and upload any kind of data.

To access OSM map data for purposes other than editing or exploring the history of objects, it may be better to use other packages that implement the Overpass API (osmdata) or that works with .pbf files (osmextract).

Code of Conduct

Please note that this package is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.