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What was the first available map editor for OpenStreetMap and when was it made available? So far I found ...

  • 2007-05-21: Potlatch 0.1 (online)
  • 2006-01-22: JOSM 1.0 (offline)

Something else was used prior to the above (offline and online)?


asked 18 Nov '16, 17:29

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The official blog might be of interest. You can still start of from the 'hello world' of OSM:

(22 Nov '16, 09:08) joost schouppe

The first OSM editor was the Java Applet. While sharing the programming language with JOSM, it was a totally different code base.

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answered 18 Nov '16, 17:53

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edited 18 Nov '16, 17:53


There were actually two distinct Java applets: the first one written by Steve in 2004, the second written by Tom Carden in 2005 using Processing.

There was also a Qt-based editor, osmeditor, released (I think) in 2005 by Nick Whitelegg. Wiki page still survives at .

(23 Nov '16, 13:09) Richard ♦

@Richard: thanks! I have added both details, with dates, to the history wiki page. Please check that I've got it right.

Do you know if OSM-new-edit.jpg shows Steve's or Tom's version? The upload comment and date suggests that it already is Tom's — although it was not yet on the main homepage.

(23 Nov '16, 21:41) aseerel4c26 ♦

Yes, that's Tom's (at least as best as I can remember 10 years on! :) )

(26 Nov '16, 21:59) Richard ♦

Regarding OSM history in general, but also mentioning the editors, of course: see

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answered 22 Nov '16, 19:51

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