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Hello all.

I very often download maps for offline usage on a handheld device (that is, an Android phone with the Oruxmaps program). I did set up a TileCache server local to my environment: the idea is to use it so to save bandwidth from the servers I get the maps from, and to get my maps faster once I downloaded the tiles of an area already (very often the maps I download do overlap to some extent, so to download the very same tiles over and over is not efficient neither for the servers nor myself).

Whilst I could successfully configure TileCache for some WMS services, though, I could not find how to use it with OpenStreetMap and OpenCycleMap in particular. Is there a "quick and dirty" way to get to the point? Thanks so much.

asked 25 Jun '12, 12:58

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edited 25 Jun '12, 15:25

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It is commendable that you set up a cache to save bandwidth, however even then, the bulk downloading from OSM or OpenCycleMap is discouraged (in the case of OSM, or strictly forbidden (in the case of OpenCycleMap, So if you need local OSM tiles for your applications, you will have to set up your own tile server. Some pointers to that are on

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answered 25 Jun '12, 16:05

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edited 25 Jun '12, 16:32

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Please notice that I don't want to bulk download at all; my purpose is just to avoid to download the same tiles of an area I already fetched while preparing the maps of my previous hike. That's all. Thanks for the link though.

(25 Jun '12, 17:54) Febs

You should check with the provider of the maps you are planning to use; "fetching" tiles with anything else than a web browser for anything else than immediate viewing is pretty much the definition of "bulk downloading".

(25 Jun '12, 19:40) Frederik Ramm ♦

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