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This tool provides the road network as 'routable tiles' that can be consumed by route planning engines such as Planner.js.

It consists of two parts:

  1. CLI tool to generate routable tiles from an OpenStreetMap extract
  2. HTTP API to serve the tiles according to the Routable Tiles specification

This is an example for the city of Ghent:

Image of tiles for ghent

Or the Benelux:

Image of tiles for ghent


Preparing input data

Starting with an extract of OpenStreetMap data (in the .osm.pbf format, for example from Geofabrik downloads), first filter out all non-routing data using Osmosis.

Method A (in a single step)

osmosis --read-pbf brussels-latest.osm.pbf --lp --tf accept-ways highway=* route=* --tf accept-relations type=route,restriction --used-node --lp --write-pbf brussels-routing.osm.pbf

Method B (in smaller steps)

On a planet scale, you can do this in three steps if the previous method fails:

  1. Extract ways: osmosis --read-pbf planet-latest.osm.pbf --lp --tf accept-ways highway=* route=* --lp --write-pbf planet-1-highways.osm.pbf
  2. Only keep used nodes: osmosis --read-pbf planet-1-highways.osm.pbf --lp --used-node --lp --write-pbf planet-1-used-nodes.osm.pbf
  3. Only keep routing related relations: osmosis --read-pbf planet-1-used-nodes.osm.pbf --tf accept-relations type=route,restriction --lp --write-pbf planet-routing.osm.pbf

REMARK: this can probably be optimized by tuning osmosis or using another tool to extract the routing data.

Generating tiles

The second step is to convert the prepared OpenStreetMap extract into a tiled database. This 'database' is just a collection of files on disk containing the OSM data per tile.

Using Docker, you can run the CLI as follows, with /path/to/db pointing to an empty directory where you want to store the tiles and /path/to/extract.osm.pbf pointing to the file prepared in the previous step:

docker run --rm -v /path/to/db:/var/app/db/ -v /path/to/extract.osm.pbf:/var/app/source/input.osm.pbf openplannerteam/routeable-tiles

Serving tiles

Using Docker, start the container like this, with /path/to/db pointing to the database created in the previous step:

docker run -d -v /path/to/db:/var/app/db/ -v /path/to/logs/:/var/app/logs/ -p 5000:5000 --name routeable-tiles-api openplannerteam/routeable-tiles-api

The tiles should now be available at http://localhost:5000/{z}/{x}/{y}

Compiling from source

If you wish to compile the Docker images from the Git repository yourself, run:

git submodule init
git submodule update
dotnet publish -c Release -r linux-x64
docker build -t openplannerteam/routeable-tiles src/RouteableTiles.CLI/
docker build -t openplannerteam/routeable-tiles-api src/RouteableTiles.API/


An API and preprocessor to serve routable tiles.




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