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Hi all! I'm developing a mobile app that will need the natural geographical data (mountains, lakes, rivers, and so on) present in OSM, just the POIs (coords and features), not the tiles.

If I'm not mistaken, I must deploy my own database, to avoid excessive access to OSM systems. Right?

Can I (and if so, how?) download just the data i need from OSM, avoiding roads, cities, and tiles?

Thanks a lot!

asked 10 Oct '13, 10:32

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A couple of questions - do you want it to be worldwide or regional, and do you need it to be able to work offline or would online access be OK?

(10 Oct '13, 10:55) SomeoneElse ♦

You don't necessarily need to deploy your own database. You can use the Overpass API for that purpose. As an example in Overpass Turbo,


gives you all peaks within a quite large area. If you want to deploy yourown database, you can get a data extract in the same way from the Overpass API.

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answered 10 Oct '13, 11:57

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Thanks for the answer!

So, it's impossible to download just the geo features with, eg, Planet OSM?

(10 Oct '13, 13:50) ubik15

Using overpass-api is already a filtered download.

Alternatively, download the whole complete raw OSM data for a specific region from any source listed at ... and do a filtering via

(10 Oct '13, 16:28) stephan75

OK, many thanks.

(10 Oct '13, 16:33) ubik15

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