NOTICE: is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum

Hi folks,

I'm new to OpenStreetMap, and I recently switched to QGIS after getting tired of Arc crashing for the 10th time this evening.

In the OSM wiki under QGIS, it talks about how easy it is to import OMS maps and have them looking amazing in like two minutes. HOW?

In fact, I'd be happy if there were some way to just have the map show up in QGIS just like it looks on this website when I download it. Is there no way for it to embed symbol settings, for instance? Am I missing a pretty-map-making plugin or something?


asked 29 Mar '12, 05:20

brownpaw's gravatar image

accept rate: 0%

edited 25 Nov '13, 14:49

aseerel4c26's gravatar image

aseerel4c26 ♦

I'm a basic QGIS user and have had acceptable results using the OSM plugin.

If I remember correctly, there are 2 options (raster / tiles or vector data). The raster / tiles option provides the quick and simple solution.

However, if you want to manipulate the OSM data or render features not normally rendered, then you will need to use the Vector option and play around with it (I gave up on this and opted for the simple option, but your requirements may differ).

permanent link

answered 26 Nov '13, 07:06

rovingmedic's gravatar image

accept rate: 5%

If you want to render the data in qgis, you have to import the data as new layer. You can achieve that with a DB connection (requires postgis database) or by using the OpenStreetMap plugin (in Extension menu) for importing data.

You can also take a look at quantumnik (example video) for a pretty and clean rendering with mapnik, but personnaly, I've try it but it never works :-(

permanent link

answered 29 Mar '12, 13:29

NicolasDumoulin's gravatar image

accept rate: 13%

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or _italic_
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text]( "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported

Question tags:


question asked: 29 Mar '12, 05:20

question was seen: 4,827 times

last updated: 26 Nov '13, 10:56

NOTICE: is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum