JOSM Map Styles

source:trunk/images/dialogs/mapstyle.svg The JOSM map display can be easily customized with different styles. Many styles are included with JOSM by default.

There are base styles (e.g. JOSM standard or Potlatch 2) that cover a wide range of features each. They can be combined with add-on styles that cover more special topics. See the available styles list below.

Further customization is possible via style options or by creating your own style.

Choose styles

JOSM has three lists of map styles: available styles (all styles from the style repository) → active styles (your favourites) → ☑ chosen styles (actually used for the map painting).

JOSM comes with some styles being in the "active styles" list by default. You can choose styles from this list of "active styles" to be actually used for the map painting by clicking the check box (☑) at the desired style's line

Note that, unless you are working with add-on styles, likely you want to have only one style ☑ checked at a time.

Activating more styles

How to add a map paint style


  1. open the Map Paint Styles Preferences by either
    • clicking the source:trunk/images/dialogs/mappaintpreference.png Settings button in the map style dialog (shown in the animation) or
    • via "View" menu → "Map paint styles" → "Map paint preferences" or
    • (less comfortable) via the general preferences window (Menu EditPreferencessource:trunk/images/preferences/map.png Map Settings (3rd button on the left) → Map Paint Styles (2nd tab))
  2. select a style in the list of "available styles" (left side)
  3. activate it by clicking the source:trunk/images/preferences/activate-right.png blue right arrow button (in the centre)
  4. exit and confirm by clicking the OK button

Example: Let's assume that you want to add maxspeed=* tags to OSM, then you probably will make use of the style Maxspeed (which displays the value of maxspeed on roads with different colors). The screencast/animation on the right side (click to enlarge) shows how to add this style to your list of "active styles".

Adding own styles

You can add own styles (from any URL/file) to the list of active styles – for example a style file which you have created yourself. Just click the source:trunk/images/dialogs/add.png plus sign on the right and enter either path and filename or URL of your style file.

Available styles list

short descriptionauthordescriptionversion
Address Tags Validator Antisida, CupIvan, Felis Pimeja, Zverik Coloring of buildings with or without addr:street, addr:housenumber (deprecated, use 'Coloured streets style' instead.) 1.17_2016-02-19
Advertising style, to have icons for various types of advertising devices Barnes38 Icons for advertising=billboard, advertising=column, advertising=poster_box, advertising=totem, advertising=board More details draft.51_2017-04-28
icon BAR Damage Assessment jgc Displays colored and shaped icons, to show tagging of visible structural strength and damage scale of buildings, according to HHI BAR damage assessment methodology, adapted for OSM More details 0.4_2016-03-15
icon Bench Klumbumbus Displays details of bench tags. More details 1.1.5_2017-08-24
BesideTheRoad_Speed kudrdima Visualization of traffic signs, road characteristics, some of the road infrastructure, traffic restrictions and prohibitions More details 0.7_2011-09-28
icon BNIWR Rendering (standarized symbols) Aun (Skippern) Johnsen JOSM rendering of nautical symbols according to BNIWR standard 0.1
Boundary_Stone ajoessen,lutz Visualization of some historic=* tags 0.6_2012-07-06
cellid Kolesár András style displaying OpenCellID measurements More details
CEVNI Rendering (standarized symbols) JOSM rendering of nautical symbols according to CEVNI standard More details 2015-05-15
Collapsed/damaged buildings Hjart Style to classify buildings More details 0.4_2013-11-17
Colorize bicycle routes Martin Ždila <martin.zdila@…> Colorize bicycle routes tagged with tag colour. 0.2.4_2013-11-03
colour tag Klumbumbus Displays ways in the colour of their colour tag. Supprted formats are 6 digit RGB hexadecimal (#112233), 3 digit RGB hexadecimal (#123) and CSS color names (green). More details 2_2017-11-20
Coloured geozeisig Style to classify buildings (german) More details 1.012_2014-04-01
Coloured Postcode geozeisig Style to ease mapping of Postcode by colouring streets and houses and nodes More details 2.16_2015-02-10
icon Coloured Streets geozeisig, Klumbumbus Colouring of buildings, address nodes and streets with the same street name in the same colour. Makes working with addresses a lot easier. Check out the linked page to read how to change some settings of this mappaint style. More details 3.48.110_2016-08-25
Coloured Suburb geozeisig Coloring of buildings with addr:suburb depending on a CRC algorithm More details 2.12_2015-05-02
Conscriptionnumbers/streetnumbers jose1711 Displays addresses using Czech/Slovak address system More details 0.2.2_2014-12-19
Cycleways cmuelle8 Standalone style to visualize cycleway=* and bicycle=* of objects, fade everything else. Please turn off JOSM internal style to use it. More details 1.6_2014-06-13
destination_sign Relation mdv Highlight relation roles from, sign and to 1.7_2016-09-19
icon Direction for traffic signs Michael Maier (species@osm) very simple preset to show the “direction” tag of a highway=stop,give_way,traffic_signals More details 0.1.7
icon Enhanced Lane and road attributes Martin Vonwald,Florin Badita Visualization of lanes, width, turn lanes, changing the lane, destination, lighting and street lamps, sidewalk, cycletracks, bicycle lanes, bus lanes, psv lanes. Added modification by Florin Badita : - You can see the end of each road segment as a square. - If you modify the lines from ~70 until ~80 and you add your own name, you will be able to see with green your modifications, so that you can inspect the other ways that already have lanes attributes, but were not made by you. - We only show lanes to road categoryes highwer then unclassified, residential. More details 2.10-61_2015-06-02
EPCI (France) Don-vip Display French local authorities (known as EPCI) More details 2.0.5_2016-01-03
icon Fixme and notes markers LLlypuk82, Antisida This MapCSS style highlights nodes/ways/polygons/multipolygons that contain FIXME/fixme/note and combinations of this tags. This style may be used alone or combined with other styles(Tested in JOSM only). 0.2_2015-12-15
icon FIXME Highlight Warnings pierzen This MapCSS style highlights ways/Polygons that contain Fixme attribute and unnamed highways. This style may be used alone or combined with other styles such as Potlatch2 and Mapnik (Tested in JOSM only). 0.20_2017-10-30
icon Forest igitov Display detailed description of forest stands & related objects 0.0.53
icon hazmat Klumbumbus Displays hazmat=* and hazmat:water=* coloured. More details 1.04_2016-09-19
icon HDM HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) Humanitarian Data Model focused style. More details 0.0.2
icon HiDPI Support Klumbumbus Allows to scale the nodes size and the font size of the default JOSM mappaint style. More details 1.8_2016-05-16
Highway Nodes naoliv Highlights untagged and unconnected nodes in a way More details 1.3_2014-01-16
HU-HighlightHikingTrailSigns efemm Highlight hiking trails icons, optimized for Hungarian marking. More details 1.1_2014-08-01_9
icon Incline Klumbumbus Display of up/down arrows at the first and last node of ways with incline=*. More details 1.0.3_2016-06-27
icon Indoor Ubica2 Project Team This JOSM style displays useful information to help indoor map edition. It highlights rooms, corridors, stairs and elevators. In addition, some kind of nodes which are important inside a building will be represented also More details 0.5
icon INT 1 Rendering (IHO standarized symbols) PD Aun (Skippern) Johnsen JOSM rendering of nautical symbols according to IHO standard INT-1 0.2
Irish Boundaries IrlJidel MapCSS to highlight Irish townland, electoral district, civil parish and barony boundaries 0.8
Japan Impassable Ways cmuelle8 Dash out ways tagged with barriers, visualize practicability=* More details 1.5_2011-03-22
icon Japan Tsunami POIS PierZen POIS related to Tsunami plus Surface / Roads with damages, obstacles More details 1.22_2016-01-11
icon JOSM default (XML; old version, outdated) Old version of JOSM default style XML: 1.9_2015-02-16
Kapor2 parcels jose1711 Color coding of parcels obtained via Kapor2 plugin (export function) 0.1
Landcover tags Martin Vonwald Show landcover and some additional landuse tags 0.4.13_2016-03-26
icon Lane and road attributes Martin Vonwald Visualization of lanes, width, turn lanes, changing the lane, destination, lighting and street lamps, sidewalk, cycletracks, bicycle lanes, bus lanes, psv lanes. More details 2.10-61_2015-06-02
Lane details, right-hand traffic, arrow version Wolfgang Hinsch Shown tags:: lanes, turn lanes, bus lanes, changing the lane, cycleways, sidepaths and lightning 0.11_2014-06-29
Lane details, right-hand traffic, color version Wolfgang Hinsch Shown tags:: lanes, turn lanes, bus lanes, changing the lane, cycleways, sidepaths and lightning 0.5_2014-07-02
icon Layer checker Klumbumbus Display of layer values in JOSM map display. More details 1.1.11_2015-12-28
Less obtrusive nodes xeen Make nodes smaller when zoomed out. This makes navigating easier when viewing a large area. Also hides icons and text accordingly. More details 1.8_2014-08-26
light_source Manuel Hohmann Icons for light_source=*. 0.1
Lit cmuelle8 Show lit=yes/no settings in JOSM map display More details 2.0.5_2016-01-03
icon Lit Objects achadwick Supplementary stylesheet which highlights lit and unlit objects by surrounding them with large glows. Works well with the Potlatch 2 base style. 0.3_2015-06-02
Mapnik (true) MapCSS variant of the OSM Mapnik style (as close as possible to the original). It is not very suitable for real mapping in an editor because nodes and lines without a style are hidden and opaque areas may cover each other. This file is optimized for JOSM and may need some minor changes to work properly with other MapCSS implementations. 0.1
icon Maxspeed Rubke, Dirk Stöcker, Vclaw, Klumbumbus Display maxspeed values of ways in the map view. More details 2.7.37_2017-07-01
measurements Kolesár András style displaying OpenCellID measurements More details
Modified objects Sebastian Klein Highlight modified objects 0.1.6_2011-02-24
Mountains lzhl Indication mountain terrain tags 0.5_2013-12-07
MTB Heiko Woehrle visualize mtb:scale of objects More details 0.12_9_2014-10-06
New basic style Mokrynskyi Pavlo Style is made in the likeness of the id editor from the web version of More details 12_2017-11-20
icon New highway colors Evgeny Katyshev Make highways color like at standart OSM render More details 1.0.2_2017-09-02
new parking features Mario Schütze Display the new parking features from "Proposed_features/parking" (see link). More details 1.3_2016-08-02
NoFeature Pierre Béland (PierZen) No Feature Validation focused style. This style hides the visible and make visible objects hidden in the database with no valid Main tag to facilitate identification of these Features (ie, highway, building, landuse, natural, amenity, shop,etc). This first version is a proof of concept. Comments welcomed. 0.0.11
Numbered Cycle Node Networks Polyglot Highlight Numbered nodes and the routes in between them More details 1.13_2017-06-28
Numbered Walking Node Networks Marc Gemis Highlight numbered nodes and the routes in between them More details 1.3_2012-11-08
OpenRailwayMap additional icons and symbols for editing Nakaner Style for a assisting mapping of railway information in JOSM. Not suitable for map rendering. More details 0
OpenRailwayMap Electrification layer Dakon Style for a electrification layer railroad network map. More details 0
OpenRailwayMap infrastructure standard layer rurseekatze Style for a infrastructure standard layer railroad network map. More details 0
OpenRailwayMap maxspeed layer rurseekatze Style for a maxspeed layer of the railroad network. More details 0
OpenRailwayMap signalling layer rurseekatze Style for a signalling layer railroad network map. More details 0
icon OpenSeaMap: Seamarks according to INT 1 (IHO standarized symbols) Aun (Skippern) Johnsen, Axel Utech JOSM rendering of nautical symbols according to IHO standard INT-1 0.1
OSMC Hiking Martin Ždila <martin.zdila@…> Colorize marked hiking trails using OSMC tagging schema. 0.2.3_2013-11-03
OSMC Hiking (optimized for SK/CZ/PL) Martin Ždila <martin.zdila@…> Colorize marked hiking trails using OSMC tagging schema. Optimized for SK/CZ/PL marking. 0.2.2_2013-11-03
Osmic nebulon42 Osmic icons for JOSM More details 0.1
Paddenstoel guidepost vsandre Show a special icon for a paddenstoel guidepost. More details 1.5_2011-05-20
Parking lanes Sebastian Klemm, Kay Drangmeister Parking lanes along roads and parking/stopping restrictions. More details 0.10_2014-11-12 ToDos simon04 Highlight problematic objects from import More details 1.4_2011-05-03
potlach2 access iav Visualizes access tag on highways. Made only for Potlach2 JOSM style 0.2_2012-11-30
Power Cobra A more detailed style for various power facilities and features 0.3.3_2014-04-01
Power Mapping Additions SSherpa+prabhasp Special icons for facilitating mapping of power lines; in development. More details 0.1_2013-04-22
icon PPWBC Rendering (standarized symbols) Aun (Skippern) Johnsen JOSM rendering of nautical symbols according to PPWBC standard 0.1
icon Priority Road Klumbumbus Displays priority_road=* coloured. More details 1.1.6_2017-07-01
PTStops FiliusMartii Highlight important information regarding Public Transportation according to public transport version 2 More details 1.0.4_2016-01-19
Public Transport Polyglot Highlight important information regarding Public Transport More details 2.9_2017-08-06
Public Transport v2 Ialokim Highlight important information regarding public transport according to public transport version 2. More details 1.5.5_2017-11-06
icon Recycling Materials Klumbumbus Displays recycling material on recycling nodes. More details 1.0.2_2017-03-29