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Python wrapper for the OSM API

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Python wrapper for the OSM API (requires Python >= 3.7)


Install osmapi from PyPi by using pip:

pip install osmapi


The documentation is generated using pdoc and can be viewed online.

The build the documentation locally, you can use

make docs

This project uses GitHub Pages to publish its documentation. To update the online documentation, you need to re-generate the documentation with the above command and update the master branch of this repository.


To test this library, please create an account on the development server of OpenStreetMap (

Read from OpenStreetMap

>>> import osmapi
>>> api = osmapi.OsmApi()
>>> print(api.NodeGet(123))
{u'changeset': 532907, u'uid': 14298,
u'timestamp': u'2007-09-29T09:19:17Z',
u'lon': 10.790009299999999, u'visible': True,
u'version': 1, u'user': u'Mede',
u'lat': 59.9503044, u'tag': {}, u'id': 123}


import osmapi
api = osmapi.OsmApi(api="", username = "you", password = "***")
api = osmapi.OsmApi(username = "you", passwordfile = "/etc/mypasswords")
api = osmapi.OsmApi(passwordfile = "/etc/mypasswords") # if only the passwordfile is specified, the credentials on the first line of the file will be used

Note: Each line in the password file should have the format user:password

Write to OpenStreetMap

>>> import osmapi
>>> api = osmapi.OsmApi(api="", username = u"metaodi", password = u"*******")
>>> api.ChangesetCreate({u"comment": u"My first test"})
>>> print(api.NodeCreate({u"lon":1, u"lat":1, u"tag": {}}))
{u'changeset': 532907, u'lon': 1, u'version': 1, u'lat': 1, u'tag': {}, u'id': 164684}
>>> api.ChangesetClose()


Scripted imports and automated edits should only be carried out by those with experience and understanding of the way the OpenStreetMap community creates maps, and only with careful planning and consultation with the local community.

See the Import/Guidelines and Automated Edits/Code of Conduct for more information.


If you want to help with the development of osmapi, you should clone this repository and install the requirements:

pip install -r requirements.txt
pip install -r test-requirements.txt

After that, it is recommended to install the flake8 pre-commit-hook:

flake8 --install-hook


To run the tests use the following command:

make test


To create a new release, follow these steps (please respect Semantic Versioning):

  1. Adapt the version number in osmapi/
  2. Update the CHANGELOG with the version
  3. Re-build the documentation (make docs)
  4. Create a pull request to merge develop into master (make sure the tests pass!)
  5. Create a new release/tag on GitHub (on the master branch)
  6. The publication on PyPI happens via GitHub Actions on every tagged commit


This project was orginally developed by Etienne Chové. This repository is a copy of the original code from SVN (, with the goal to enable easy contribution via GitHub and release of this package via PyPI.

See also the OSM wiki:

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