I'm working on a project that downloads data from openstreetmap by querying to http://overpass-api.de/api/interpreter. Sometimes, especially with asynchronous queries, the server returns this error.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
      <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" lang="en"/>
      <title>OSM3S Response</title>
    <p>The data included in this document is from www.openstreetmap.org. The data is made available under ODbL.</p>
    <p><strong style="color:#FF0000">Error</strong>: runtime error: open64: 0 Success /osm3s_v0.7.54_osm_base Dispatcher_Client::request_read_and_idx::rate_limited. Please check /api/status for the quota of your IP address.

I do not understand what the limitations are, and especially how I can solve it. Can someone help me?

asked 14 Aug '17, 10:45

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You're attempting to download too much data or too quickly. The usage policies of the various Overpass API instances can be found here.

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answered 14 Aug '17, 16:55

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Unfortunately these usage policies seem to be pretty incomplete. For example some instances have a limit on the maximum number of parallel requests which isn't mentioned here.

(14 Aug '17, 18:42) scai ♦

Thanks a lot! Is there a way to query without limits? Maybe another server?

(14 Aug '17, 20:29) CillaLu

Sorry, but you obviously don't understand something fundamental.

Most, if not essentially all, these servers are run by volunteers with hardware and operating costs funded out of donations or the volunteers own pockets.

As a consequence you should not be asking if there is a unlimited service if your usage is outside the usage limits, you should either be asking how you can help or run your own service (perferably providing free access for third parties yourself).

(14 Aug '17, 21:13) SimonPoole ♦
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