Data available on this site currently always uses the popular Shapefile format. Other formats might be added in the future.
This is a popular format for GIS data. Each layer is in its own set of files named after the layer. For easy download all the files are packed into a zip archive. The archive contains the following files:
All string attributes use the Unicode UTF-8 character encoding, the same as the OpenStreetMap data.
See the Wikipedia for more details about this format.
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See the official project site.
This service was created by me, Jochen Topf, for the OpenStreetMap community and the general public.
I have been an active member of the OSM community since 2006. I work as a freelance consultant and software developer specializing in geodata and OpenStreetMap.
Writing the Open Source software behind this site and maintaining and improving this service takes a lot of my time. Please consider supporting this effort.
Do you already know our book about OpenStreetMap?
Ramm; Topf; Chilton:
OpenStreetMap - Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World