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This project provides global data extracts based on OpenStreetMap data as GeoPackages. Each extract represents its related primary feature respectively key value regarding the OpenStreetMap project. Every GeoPackage contains the three types of geometries: point, line and polygon. For each primary feature all prepared tags are always contained in the same way (see mapping.yml).

Extracts are available on

In a monthly cycle new extracts are provided. The first Planet Dump of each month from will be available 10 days later as it takes a while for the data to be processed. Every odd month, Buildings will be updated.

Projection of the geodata: WGS 84 | EPSG 4326 |


OpenStreetMap (OSM) offers an amazing collection of data. The information contained provides many possibilities to better understand the whole world, e.g. with the use of a geographic information system (GIS). There are many tools to create small extracts from the OSM data: overpass-turbo (API) or other tools in QGIS/ArcGIS. A bigger challenge is the creation of ready to use GIS-compatible data sets from OSM, which cover whole countries, continents or even the whole world. is my hobby and absolutely non-commercial. I'm happy to share open data, knowledge and insights.

Utilized tools to create extracts


Data basis

Recent improvements and changes

  • 03.2021
    • BIG UPDATE will be implemented in March - adressing Issue #25: Switching to gdal/ogr2ogr for processing only. Data model stays the same.
  • 02.2021
  • 01.2021
  • 10.2020
  • 05.2020
    • Providing ZIP-Files as Downloads. Switching back from 7zip to ZIP for better compatibility and usability.
  • 04.2020
    • Adressing Issue 18 for more compatibility
    • colon (:) to underline in attribute names and renaming "natural" to "natural_attribute".
    • Adressing Issue 19 by swithing to 7zip-archive format.
  • 01.2020
  • 10.2019
    • definition of geometrytype improve reading the content of a GeoPackage with QGIS
    • new tags: internet_access, wifi
  • 08.2019
    • all geometries of each map feature are stored in one GeoPackage
    • new processing chain - imposm3 is used since the extracts from 20190805 - see workflow_scripts.

Approach and statistics

The processing chain published here is designed to reduce storage consumption as much as possible. Each extract based on the primary map feature (e.g. building) is created individually. Intermediate products are deleted to save storage space.

Example 1 - current workflow: "building" as extract with the highest storage usage: A maximum of 608 GB of storage space is required to create the largest data set "building". All other primary map features require significantly less storage.

Type Size
all PBF files 50,00 GB
impcache 33,50 GB
PostGIS database 234,40 GB
Building GPKG 290,00 GB
Sum 607,90 GB

Example 2 - entire global data set is stored in a database - extract of buildings: A maximum of 924 GB of storage is required to create the largest data set "building".

Type Size
PBF 47,00 GB
impcache 92,00 GB
PostGIS database 495,00 GB
Building GPKG 290,00 GB
Sum 924,00 GB

Conclusion: If storage space plays a role, then the approach published here is recommended. If there is enough memory, you can skip the step of splitting the PBF files (03_osm_filter) and just transfer everything to the database.

Copyright and License

OpenStreetMap© is open data, licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL) by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF).

Happy about feedback

Let me know, if you are happy or what could be improved. Please post an issue or write to


This project provides global data extracts based on OpenStreetMap data as GeoPackages.




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