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Open an URL.

This action interprets various kinds URLs to download several types of OSM and JOSM data.

It handles the URLs being dropped by mouse or pasted via clipboard into the Mapview, too. This happens by silently reusing the current state of the check-boxes of the dialog.

The Download as new layer checkbox controls if the data is loaded in a new layer.

By default the map view pans to the downloaded data. When checking Zoom to downloaded data off no panning is done in expert mode.

Data sources

If the URL matches several data sources, a window will follow to choose the type of data to download.

Examples of data sources are listed hereafter.

OSM data

Current version of objects

The OSM servers are the main data source you can use here. For instance, if you know the object id of a node, way, or relation you can load the respective object with one of the following URLs (replace 123456789 with the object id).

Example of an API URL:
Example of an URL from the slippy map:

Older version of objects

You can also load older versions of an object (replace 123 with the version number) Example of an API URL:<relation id>/123


For all objects belonging to a changeset the URL is (replace 123456 with the changeset id)


For all objects in an area the URL is

Other servers

Additional to the main osm server listed above, other servers are available too, e.g.:

geo: URIs/URLs

The geographic URL format can be used to download osm data at a small area around the given location, e.g. geo:37.786971,-122.399677


  • If the URL contains /note/123456 you can choose if you also want to download the Note with the given id.
  • If the URL contains &layers=N you can choose if you also want to download the Notes in the given area.


  • URLs ending with .gpx
  • OSM user traces in the format ​
  • OSM user traces in the format
  • OSM user traces in the format (which can also be found at the osm user traces page)

The full list of supported data sources and URL patterns is shown when an invalid URL was entered.

See also

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