osmosis(1) command line OpenStreetMap data processor


osmosis [--command command parameters ...] ...


This manual page documents briefly the osmosis command.

This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

osmosis is a command line Java application for processing OSM data. The tool consists of pluggable components that can be chained to perform a larger operation. For example, it has components for reading/writing databases and files, deriving/applying changes to data sources, and sorting data, (etc.). It has been written to easily add new features without re-writing common tasks such as file and database handling.

Some examples of the things it can currently do are:

• Generate planet dumps from a database

• Load planet dumps into a database

• Produce change sets using database history tables

• Apply change sets to a local database

• Compare two planet dump files and produce a change set

• Re-sort the data contained in planet dump files

• Extract data inside a bounding box or polygon


The commands and arguments accepted by osmosis are described in details and shown in examples in the page m[blue]https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Osmosism[] and its subpages.


The upstreams BTS can be found at m[blue]https://trac.openstreetmap.org/query?component=osmosism[]. Bugs are also discussed on upstream mailing list, at m[blue]https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/osmosis-devm[].


Giovanni Mascellani <[email protected]>

Wrote this manpage for the Debian system.


Copyright © 2009 Giovanni Mascellani

This manual page was written for the Debian system (and may be used by others).

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