Hi, I used to follow the procedure described below (and in my case it was working perfectly):


Recently I noticed that right-click function has been changed and now a new menu appears which consists of six options: 'Directions from here' 'Directions to here' 'Add a note here' 'Show address' 'Query features' 'Centre map here'

The question is how do we check a tile's name now.

TIA Michal

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For info, there's discussion on this right now at github at https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/1446 .

(19 Feb '17, 23:12) SomeoneElse ♦

@SomeoneElse, that discussion has now been closed, with claims of "canvassing", and the developer is refusing to discuss how to allow users to view individual tiles.

(25 Feb '17, 01:55) keithonearth

And that discussion has spilled over into the dev mailing list: https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/dev/2017-February/029713.html

(28 Feb '17, 13:34) joost schouppe

After digging through many pages of that discussion - https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/dev/2017-February/029713.html - I found a satisfying tool with right-click functionality I was looking for: http://www.sammyshp.de/fsmap/ Cheers, Michal

(28 Feb '17, 20:34) michau

As workaround you can try it over there: https://mc.bbbike.org/mc/?num=1&mt0=mapnik (it uses tiles from openstreetmap.org).

In general, how-to get the browser's original right-click context menu:

  • do a right click while pressing shift
  • or hit ESC after the right click
  • or do a double right click
  • or tell your browser to not respect scripts hijacking the right click menu (for Firefox: dom.event.contextmenu.enabled see http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries )

However, we do not get the clicked tile's (image) address via that original context menu... due to the way leaflet is programmed.

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Maybe I'm missing something, but I've not been able to get the view image option from the right click menu on the main osm website for a month or two now. I had gotten the right click menu w/o issues until a few days ago, and can get it still by holding the shift key, but the view image option is missing. I've tried firefox, and chrome, both on Linux. I am able to get it on leaflet based maps.

Any idea what's going on?

(24 Feb '17, 22:22) keithonearth

@keithonearth: I agree, updated my answer. I guess it is due to the way leaflet shows the map tiles.

(24 Feb '17, 22:51) aseerel4c26 ♦

It was actually a change at the Leaflet level (which is what OSM uses to show tiles). https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/dev/2017-February/029720.html has the details.

(24 Feb '17, 23:35) SomeoneElse ♦

As said at https://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/60223, another way to get the tile URL is, with Firefox, to access the page information (which may be in the browser Tools menu or in the non-Javascript right-click menu, which you can open with Ctrl-Shift-right click).

The page information contains a Media tab with the URL of all images. It's not very handy, but it's feasible.

Of course it would be more sensible to have a "Request rendering" option somewhere.

However the best way may be to use the latest version of JOSM, where you may see the tile status or force rendering (right-click on the map).

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