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OSM Buildings is a JavaScript library for visualizing OpenStreetMaps building geometry on interactive maps.
Everything is stabilizing now, entering beta state.



It's safe to fork the latest code revision for development, or use it's build files for production.

For further information visit, follow @osmbuildings on Twitter or report issues here on Github.


Integration with Leaflet

Link Leaflet and OSM Buildings files in your HTML head section.

  <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
  <script src=""></script>
  <script src="OSMBuildings-Leaflet.js"></script>

Initialize the map engine and add a map tile layer.
Position is set to Berlin at zoom level 17, I'm using MapBox tiles here.

var map = new L.Map('map').setView([52.52020, 13.37570], 17);
new L.TileLayer('http://{s}<YOUR KEY HERE>/{z}/{x}/{y}.png',
  { attribution: 'Map tiles &copy; <a href="">MapBox</a>', maxZoom: 17 }).addTo(map);

Add the buildings layer.

new OSMBuildings(map).loadData();

As a popular alternative, you could pass a GeoJSON FeatureCollection object.
Geometry types Polygon, Multipolygon and GeometryCollection are supported.
Make sure the building coordinates are projected in EPSG:4326.
Height units m, ft, yd, mi are accepted, no given unit defaults to meters.

var geoJSON = {
  "type": "FeatureCollection",
  "features": [{
    "type": "Feature",
    "geometry": {
      "type": "Polygon",
      "coordinates": [[
        [13.37356, 52.52064],
        [13.37350, 52.51971],
        [13.37664, 52.51973],
        [13.37594, 52.52062],
        [13.37356, 52.52064]
    "properties": {
      "wallColor": "rgb(255,0,0)",
      "roofColor": "rgb(255,128,0)",
      "height": 500,
      "minHeight": 0

new OSMBuildings(map).setData(geoJSON);

Integration with OpenLayers

Link OpenLayers and OSM Buildings files in your HTML head section.

  <script src=""></script>
  <script src="OSMBuildings-OpenLayers.js"></script>

Initialize the map engine and add a map tile layer.
Position is set to Berlin at zoom level 17.

var map = new OpenLayers.Map('map');
map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.LayerSwitcher());

var osm = new OpenLayers.Layer.OSM();

  new OpenLayers.LonLat(13.37570, 52.52020)
      new OpenLayers.Projection('EPSG:4326'),

Add the buildings layer.

new OSMBuildings(map).loadData();



Constructor Description
new OSMBuildings(map) Initializes the buildings layer for a given map engine.
Currently Leaflet and OpenLayers are supported.


Option Type Description
ATTRIBUTION String Holds OSM Buildings copyright information.
VERSION String Holds current version information.


Method Description
setStyle({Object}) Set default styles. See below for details.
setDate(new Date(2014, 15, 1, 10, 30))) Set date / time for shadow projection.
each({Function}) A callback method to override each feature's properties on read. Return false in order to skip a feature.
setData({GeoJSON FeatureCollection}) Just add GeoJSON data to your map.
loadData({String}) Without parameter, it loads data tiles from OpenStreetMaps. You don't need to care for data anymore. As an alternative, pass an URL to CartoDB or any other GeoJSON service. See below.
screenshot({Boolean}) Creates a screenshot of all visible OSM Buildings content and returns it as data URL. Parameter indicates, whether browser should display the image directly.

CartoDB URL example

http://<YOUR CARTODB ACCOUNT HERE>' + ('SELECT cartodb_id AS id, height, ST_AsText(the_geom) AS the_geom FROM <YOURTABLE> WHERE the_geom %26%26 ST_SetSRID(ST_MakeBox2D(ST_Point({w},{s}), ST_Point({e},{n})), 4326)') + '&format=geojson');


Option Type Description
color or
String Defines the objects default primary color. I.e. #ffcc00, rgb(255,200,200), rgba(255,200,200,0.9)
roofColor String Defines the objects default roof color.
shadows Boolean Enables or disables shadow rendering, default: enabled


OSM Tags used

Result OSM Tags
height height, building:height, levels, building:levels
minHeight min_height, building:min_height, min_level, building:min_level
wallColor building:color, building:colour, building:material, building:facade:material, building:cladding
roofColor roof:color, roof:colour, building:roof:color, building:roof:colour, roof:material, building:roof:material
shape building:shape[=cylinder,sphere]
roofShape roof:shape[=dome]
roofHeight roof:height
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