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Can someone give an example? I am missing any OSM-specific docs around... I know I can download the real OpenStreetMap style but I do not really understand it. I am looking for a simpler example.

asked 22 Mar '12, 19:47

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edited 22 Mar '12, 20:59

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Here is a simple example that I have taken from Jochen Topf's and my book, "OpenStreetMap - Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World".

Suppose you have imported data with osm2pgsql, and you want to draw all roads (no matter what type of road) as a grey line. You would make a style like this:

<Style name="roads">
      <CssParameter name="stroke">#aaa</CssParameter>
      <CssParameter name="stroke-width">0.4</CssParameter>

You will need a layer definition to go with that:

<Layer name="roads" status="on" srs="+init=epsg:4326">
    <Parameter name="table">
    (select way from planet_osm_line where highway is not null) as road
    <Parameter name="type">postgis</Parameter>
    <Parameter name="port">5432</Parameter>
    <Parameter name="user">osm</Parameter>
    <Parameter name="dbname">osm</Parameter>
    <Parameter name="estimate_extent">false</Parameter>
    <Parameter name="extent">-180,-85,180,85</Parameter>

This assumes that there is a database called “osm” on the local PostGIS server, that the user “osm” has access to it, and that it has a table named planet_osm_line, populated with geometry data in the EPSG:4326 projection, from which we can load information about roads. This is exactly what Osm2pgsql produces when you run it with the --latlong option.

The next thing you will want to do is of course have different rules for different types of roads (probably using the <filter> element), and maybe different rules styles for different zoom levels (using the <maxscaledenominator> and <minscaledenominator> elements).

See the Mapnik documentation at for further details.

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answered 22 Mar '12, 21:00

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