source:trunk/images/dialogs/search.png Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+F

Search objects in the current data layer using query language. This tool has different looks, depending on your expert setting (see below):

Search action will respect current filters meaning it wouldn't return any of filtered objects.

Colons (:) within keys and values need to be wrapped with quotation marks (").

Hover over keyword in search menu to get textual explanation with simple example!

Expert mode

In expert mode, the following options are added:

  • more keywords listed (they work also in non-expert mode, but are hidden in the dialog)
  • standard/regular expression/MapCSS selector radio button, see sections below for details
  • add toolbar button covered in section "save search query in main toolbar" below


Some examples of queries:

  • type:way selects all ways
  • name:Herrengasse selects all elements with the given name
  • name=Herrengasse same as above, but case sensitive
  • "addr:street"="Baker Street" if special characters (in this case : in the key and white space in the value) are used, the key resp. the value needs to be enclosed in ""
  • tag1=yes tag2=yes is equivalent to tag1=yes & tag2=yes
  • type:way name:- selects all ways that do not have a name
  • id:123465678 selects an object (way or node) with a particular id
  • timestamp:2010-11-01/2010-12-01 selects object with last change in November 2010
  • See also Help/Dialog/Filter#Examples

Save search query in main toolbar

To save search as a button if you check add toolbar button checkbox, as soon as you click on source:trunk/images/dialogs/search.png Start Search, a button will be added to the main toolbar. which will execute the defined search expression each time, you press the button.

Toolbar Customization will let you modify icon, search query and tooltip.

As with any "button" you can always assign a shortcut to it.

Regular expressions

JOSM supports Java regex syntax.

MapCSS syntax

See MapCSS implementation

Fetch external file and replace selection

A very under-used feature that lets you enter a web URL (file://, http://, https://, ftp://) in the search field.

JOSM will then attempt to load that URL, and select any objects that it finds referenced in that file. JOSM will look for XML tags "way", "node", and "relation" in the document (clarify? examples?), and use their id attribute . You can access another OSM file on your hard disk this way and have JOSM select all objects that are present in the file (provided they are present in JOSM's dataset too).

Similar thing is possible via:

See also

  • Filter allows you to save and combine multiple search patterns between your JOSM sessions

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