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Can I download maps from OSM in Shapefile format? And if that's not possible what should I do to get a static version of my own for a personal use?

asked 14 Jul '13, 14:16

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Sarah Khorshed
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Shape files are not maps - they lack styling information. If you have OpenStreetMap data in shape file form and load it into a GIS program then all you'll see is lots of lines, points, and areas, all alike. You will then have to instruct your GIS program to draw a line that represents a river as a thick blue line, and a line representing a post code boundary as a thin, black, dashed line and so on. That is possible, but it is a lot of work.

Type "shapefile" in the search box above to read about ways to download OSM shape files (or make them yourself).

For other ways to download a map for offline use, type "offline" in the search box above.

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answered 14 Jul '13, 14:49

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Frederik Ramm ♦
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what if I want to display a map on a GIS program with all of its data as layers "like a dataset in ArcGIS" is it possible?

(15 Jul '13, 02:45) Sarah Khorshed

have you ever tried to look at the OSM wiki? There are hints if you enter arcGIS or QuantumGIS in its search box at wiki main site ...

(15 Jul '13, 16:27) stephan75

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