File Extension Library

.OSM File Extension

  • Developer by: OpenStreetMap
  • Category: GIS Files
  • Format: XML

What are .OSM files and how to open them?

Can't open .OSM file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .OSM file.

What is a .OSM file extension?

.OSM file extension is created by OpenStreetMap. .OSM has been classified as GIS Files. The format of .OSM file is XML.

.OSM is OpenStreetMap Map File

XML file created in the OpenStreetMap (OSM) format, which is used for saving street map information; saves data in the form of "nodes" (points), "ways" (connections), and "relations" (street and object properties, such as tags).

OSM files can be used for creating small street maps, or they can scale to store streets worldwide. The OpenStreetMap project maintains a freely available file named Planet.osm that is an ever-growing database of the world's streets.

The OpenStreetMap project uses a Web interface for displaying and exporting OSM data. There are also many FTP sites that host the data for download.

List of all softwares that can open the OpenStreetMap Map File
Safe Software FME Desktop

How to fix problems with .OSM files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .OSM files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .OSM file format
  2. You need to check the .OSM file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)