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OpenStreetMap Reviews

OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about OpenStreetMap and what they use it for.
  • Navigation app that isn't a subscription
    OsmAnd is based on the same data (OpenStreetMap) like but has way more features and can be customized to the max. The data can be downloaded and is then offline available. However, I don't know if the elevation data is for free. - Source: Reddit / 4 days ago
  • osm file onto basecamp
    I downloaded the section I wanted as a map on my device from The downloaded file was map.osm (7.5 MB). - Source: Reddit / 4 days ago
  • Added traces on but cannot see them on osmand on android
    Also, I just manually add a path based on my traces. So on, I add a line of type path . So it will be available without activating the GPS Traces overlay on osmand. - Source: Reddit / 25 days ago
  • What are some good hiking trails in Northeast Ct?
    There are so many! The two longest are Nipmuck an Natchaug. Nipmuck Trail goes from Mansfield Hollow State Park near UConn all the way to the MA border at Bigelow Hollow State Park. Natchaug Trail goes from Godwin State Park through Natchaug State Forest to Nipmuck Trail in Yale-Meyers Forest. There are tons of small local trails, many can be seen on - Source: Reddit / 24 days ago
  • Added traces on but cannot see them on osmand on android
    After recording it, I uploaded it to, anf then edited it. - Source: Reddit / 25 days ago
  • Added traces on but cannot see them on osmand on android
    I already uploaded the path to with osmand. - Source: Reddit / 25 days ago
  • Added traces on but cannot see them on osmand on android
    I just added 2 traces on but I cannot see them on OSMAND on my android. - Source: Reddit / 25 days ago
  • Apps or websites to plan a hike?
    I personally love OpenStreetMap (OSM), which is a huge community driven/crowed sourced database for geospatial data. Think of it like a Wikipedia for maps. It contains numerous important stuff along hikes, for example water fountains, wilderness huts, the SAC scale difficulty and so on. Coverage is not always complete or optimal, but often good enough. Many apps like Komoot or OrganicMaps are based on the data... - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Does anyone know how to legally access Christie Falls?
    PS: When you leave paved roads, don't bother with google. Some hints: Https:// - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • I made a website for lonely people, and got >100 people to log their locations
    You can always start with tiles from Or use one of the commercial providers which offers free tiers. There are quite a few smaller providers that are not super expensive. You can always setup your own tile server. It's not that hard and can be cheap (if you don't count your time). I recommend, checking - Source: Hacker News / about 2 months ago
  • Unique results for unique places
    If you are looking for end user experience, you should not be using, that website is primary meant for editing and collaboration... - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • This is a two way MUP along one of the highest traveled pedestrian corridors in Denver.
    I wouldn't spend your time doing free work for a multi-billion dollar corporation though. It's better to contribute to so that the data can be used by multiple mapping applications. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • What are these empty harbours on the Iranian coast of the Persian Gulf?
    It says on Google maps, and other mapping sources such as can also give you the info. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Vette! old computer game that races through SF
    Big Hero 6 was Disney (Burbank), rather than Pixar (Emeryville). Either way, though, parcel data, street layout, etc is all publicly accessible info through something like Pixar DID use real SF street data for the opening moving sequence of Inside Out, though. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Chicago to Milwaukee route
    I strongly recommend using RidewithGPS, especially if you'd like turn-by-turn directions with or without an earbud. One of the many layers in RWGPS is, which is very similar to, both of which pull and render data from Study up. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Eastory/WW2 Channel style mapping tutorial for 0 budget
    I use for my maps. Once you find the place you want to use as a background, take screen shot using the snipping tool. Save your image in the Pictures folder and name it 'background'. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • A navigation app showing appropriate routes (and alternatives) that are suitable for your transport mode.
    Qwant Maps uses OpenStreetMap(OSM) data. In case you're interested in improving the route generation experience (i.e. Avoid routes through gated/private roads), you can add/fix them yourself in the map. I'd be happy to help you with that if you're interested, because I'm also keen on improving the map for better routes. But in case you don't have the time, let me know what those streets are and I'll review them... - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Hiking app for Australia is good for printing out maps - it's like Google Maps but better coverage of walking tracks. There's also a phone app for OSM and it's possible other apps mentioned here are using OSM maps. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • How to prevent theft of API data
    (a) Use the data you have stored at various zoom levels to identify paths being taken through your data - and keep in mind, this doesn't all have to come from you! In fact, you should start with what has for your area - and then build from that. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Lost Family Drives Car Right into Canal After Following Google Maps in Kerala
    People interested in solving such map issues should check out which allows more precise editing and mapping. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Help a n00b out
    Assuming you're using the ID editor at you can't add tags to the GPS trace directly. You have to trace the route as a "way" [osm speak for line] which you then add tags to to turn the line into a road/path/river/bridleway etc. Use a little bit of common sense in this as whole GPS is good it isn't perfect - toggle on the public GPS tracing layer and see if anyone else has gone the same way... - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of OpenStreetMap

9 Google Maps Alternatives to Use in 2022
OpenStreetMap is a simple web mapping tool stuffed with all the features you would expect with any web mapping service. The vivid maps explain different layers, help in accurate route planning, and provide cycling and walking routes.
Top 5 Open-Source Google Maps Alternatives in 2022
Last but not least, Qwant Map is one of those Google Maps alternatives that is open source and free. Just like Google Maps, this interactive maps software offers rich search capabilities. In addition, you can search for places such as restaurants, hotels, markets, and more. Moreover, it lets you search for nearby places by tracking your location. Qwant Map is based on OpenStreetMap and offers GPS tracking.
Farewell, Google Maps
Some options we could reject quickly for various reasons. OpenStreetMap is not supposed to be directly used by commercial sites. Apple Maps, even though we wouldn't mind having Apple logo on our site somewhere, was just released as beta and requires Apple developer account to test properly.
16 Better Google Maps Alternatives Free to Use
OsmAnd is a free mapping and navigation app that picks up the high-quality global data from the OpenStreetMap and includes in its own database making it a worthy alternative to Google Maps. Now that you have access to the worldwide data for free through the OsmAnd features and interface, it will furnish you with turn-by-turn navigation for driving, cycling or walking along with points of interests data via Wikipedia.
6 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They Matter
OpenStreetMap may not have the fancy features of other apps, but its concept and ease-of-use are its highlights. And if you want a mobile app that works with the data from the organization, OsmAnd is a good option OsmAnd: Offline Maps & Navigation With OpenStreetMap Data OsmAnd: Offline Maps & Navigation With OpenStreetMap Data You don't need to buy a GPS or mobile data to get reliable navigation. Offline maps is...
8 Best Alternative to Google Maps – Classic old Map
5.) MapQuest Map: MapQuest is owned by an American based Company AOL. It is using OpenStreetMap project for displaying the data providing services like information to some extent of street level detail as well as dirving direction to some countries, rela time traffic estimation etc. With Web, they also provides mobile app for android and iOS. Customizable GasPrice page feature is a new feature where users can type...

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