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I am trying to find a way to use maps offline. I am not trying to edit or do GPS or use a PDA or smartphone. I have my laptop, and I am in a new city, and I want to be able to pull up street maps to help me navigate around the city. I won't have an internet connection is the issue. I found a place to download the data for this city, but I don't know of a program that can open it and use it the way I want to use it offline.

asked 25 May '11, 17:32

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edited 25 Jan '14, 13:53

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aseerel4c26 ♦

You can try:

NaviPOWM: offline Maps that are renderes by vectors

Gosmore: very fast vector display, also search fution included

MapFactor Navigator Free is a navigation solution with search function, running also on Windows or Linux (via Wine)

GpsMid: also offline and vector map ... originally for JavaME devices, but you can run it with microemu on any desktop PC with Java (increase screen size of the emulated device!) ... new release with house number searching.

gpsVP: also offline, for OSM maps or Garmin maps.

Navit: also with navigation features, but but not so easy to configure due to the famous file navit.xml

MoNav: still in early development, but very promising

Also have a look at the OSM wiki for programs that store theit map data offline at Software

When you have detailed questions about a programm or the map source for them, come to OSM forum.

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answered 25 May '11, 19:59

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edited 26 May '11, 05:33


I'll add my favorite: marble to that list, which is very multiplatform and is steadily improving its offline capabilities.

(26 May '11, 10:06) Vincent de P... ♦

I thought I was ok with computers, but I haven't had much luck with any of this.

Gosmore: I cannot get any maps to load. I followed the instructions on the Wiki. Typed in my city, then pressed 0, then clicked update map, and nothing happens. I also tried loading data by drag and dropping a osm.gz file then a osm.pfb file, and that didn't work either.

NaviPOWM didn't open at all because I was missing a qtcore4.dll

MapFactor actually worked ok, except when it opened a map, the streets didn't line up with the background image of land/water, so streets were extending over the Mississippi River.

(26 May '11, 15:50) blotsome

A full list is at
In general I agree with stephans answer but personally I would not recommend GpsMid (designed for mobile) and gpsVP (Garmin workaround).
Please also note that most OSM tools still are a bit 'uncomfortable' so you need to spend some time for setup etc...
But all in all they can do the job :)

(26 Jan '14, 12:30) iii

Gosmore should run on "grown-up" Windows boxes just fine.

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answered 25 May '11, 18:43

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Offline_Openstreetmap lists software (also some for Windows) for this.

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answered 25 Jan '14, 14:00

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Try Offy Data DLR for Windows

Latest release

Getting started

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answered 03 Jan '17, 10:03

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