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Hello all,
For developing purposes I've started to set up my own OSM infrastructure. The first step was, to install the overall OSM-Website. The github page states that the rails port includes the website itself (including the web front-end, user management, diary functions...), the editors, GPX Uploader and the XML based API 0.6.
For this question I want to concentrate on the OSM XML API 0.6 (more questions will pop up later on but to keep it as simple as possible, I will ask different type of questions in separate threads).

So...I've set up the osm website and I've also followed the Configuration Steps. Now I've tested the website. I can browse the web frontend (it seems everything is working) and user management also works. Next step was to test the API.

I've created some fist requests using a REST-Console and made the following queries:
Creating a changeset using the following URL:


And the following input using PUT:
<tag k="created_by" v="JOSM 1.61"/>
<tag k="comment" v="Just a comment"/>

This gives me a reasonable output of showing me a number. For example


So...I would assume that this is working, right?

I've made another request by using GET with:

This gives me the following response:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<osm version="0.6" generator="OpenStreetMap server" copyright="OpenStreetMap and contributors" attribution="" license="">
<version minimum="0.6" maximum="0.6"/>
<area maximum="0.25"/>
<tracepoints per_page="5000"/>
<waynodes maximum="2000"/>
<changesets maximum_elements="50000"/>
<timeout seconds="300"/>
<status database="online" api="online" gpx="online"/>

Looks like that this is also working.

Now I want to get some data using the API, so I've tested this by using the following GET request, but there is nothing as a output. But actually this should give me the same output than using the link below, shouldn't it?


I've also tested it with a request using a bounding box, which offers, using the website a map.osm file download. Using my localhost instance, I get nothing. The site/connection is not available.

So...for this part I have the question of how to get data using my own openstreetmap instance including the API. Hopefully I haven't missed anything.

Thanks for your help!

asked 14 May '14, 17:44

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You have not loaded anything into your database. Your installation is a totally separate one that knows nothing about any data that might exist in OpenStreetMap. Node 271428118 is a pub in Germany in OSM but the node with that ID could be a bus stop in Brazil in your database - or, more likely, just not exist in your database.

You can use Osmosis to load OSM data into your database (look for the --write-apidb task) but always remember, even if you do that, your database and OSM's database are two totally separate copies and changes to one do not influence the other.

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answered 14 May '14, 18:54

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Frederik Ramm ♦
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Thanks for the explanation.Very helpful.Until now I haven't realized that my OSM-Website wants/tries to access other/local/own data than these from itself (although I've check the component overview about the OSM-Architecture before I've started). I've read through the setup guides, but I didn't find something regarding on how to integrate a own data-source as well as a own Tile-Server. Do you have any information about this? Of course I can create a new question about "How to integrate other services?" in another question - might be the best way of providing a good overview.

(14 May '14, 19:03) schlomm

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