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OpenStreetMap

The free editable map of the whole world

What is OpenStreetMap?

OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
OpenStreetMap is a tool in the Mapping APIs category of a tech stack.

Who uses OpenStreetMap?

Companies
72 companies reportedly use OpenStreetMap in their tech stacks, including Apple, Trafi, and Foretag.

Developers
151 developers on StackShare have stated that they use OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap Integrations

Pros of OpenStreetMap
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Simple
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Free
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Open-Source
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Open-Data
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React/ RNative integration
Decisions about OpenStreetMap

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose OpenStreetMap in their tech stack.

Adam Abdelmoula
CPO at Split Mobile Software · | 4 upvotes · 40.9K views

We need some advice about the map services provider. We are a mobility app that just launched 5 months ago in Tunisia offering P2P carpooling. We are currently using Google Maps API for maps (Places API, Geocoding API, Directions API & Distance Matrix API). Thus, we received expensive bills from Google Cloud following the number of requests we are using. We are looking forward to reduce the number of requests in general because we can't afford these large bills at this stage, knowing that they are going to increase proportionally to the active users of the app. We tried to optimize multiple times but it isn't enough. We are searching for optimization advice or ideas on how we use the APIs, or other map providers (like OpenStreetMap or similar) that offers free or cheaper options than Google Maps, without lacking quality of information (we are in Tunisia and we have to choose options that have enough data about Tunisia). Thanks!

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Leaflet with Mapbox or Leaflet with OpenStreetMap?

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OpenStreetMap's Features

  • Emphasizes local knowledge
  • Contributors use aerial imagery, GPS devices, and low-tech field maps to verify that OSM is accurate and up to date
  • Built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data

OpenStreetMap Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to OpenStreetMap?
Google Maps
Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.
Mapbox
We make it possible to pin travel spots on Pinterest, find restaurants on Foursquare, and visualize data on GitHub.
OpenLayers
An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
Leaflet
Leaflet is an open source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin of MapBox with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 30 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps.
ArcGIS
It is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and much more.
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OpenStreetMap's Followers
402 developers follow OpenStreetMap to keep up with related blogs and decisions.