Nice app, I’ve raised an enhancement regarding indexing of cities since only the tag place is considered for indexing and boundaries are missing
Admin boundaries are more precise than a node with the tag place. so the cities I’ve drawn using boundaries instead of the tag place don’t appear on a search

It’s a pity they use tiles (.png images) to build the map, there are too many tiles to download so as to have the app running offline (without an internet connection). I don’t know if this to release processor capacity on a small device or there is another specific reason

I suspect it is so because it is far from being simple to draw realtime “as you move” maps from vector datas. You have to store data in a clever indexed way, you have to draw efficiently on rather low CPU with few main memory. That’s a lot of programmes skills (and time) needed !

One of the best OSM vector data displayer for offline usage for android I’ve found is Navit http://wiki.navit-project.org/index.php/Navit_on_Android

But if anyone can share other apps, I’ll be happy to try them !

Maybe check out Locus, as you can cache/pre-download or run live maps form osm on it.
That’s if I understand you guys correctly. It’s on market iirc.

I like the “maps (-)” program - it caches maps for offline usage. The default is OSM, google maps is also possible. You can choose which zoom levels to download for an area. There is a add-supported version “(-)” and a paid version “maps (+)”.


I like it because it has the clean Mapnik style.

At home (WLAN) I scroll around in the map to cache the tiles, so that he loads less
tiles when I’m outside.


You can download all tiles of your city for the zoom levels you want on your PC, then copy them into your device

I am trying to pre-plan a route in osmAnd using WLAN.

How do I set the ‘Start’ location that is not my current location?

The place names are very small on osmAnd even at full zoom.
Is there a way of solving this?

Hi New Member,

did You get an answer?

I’m very interessted.


Hi davidvj, hi Daniel,

you can do that with “set point” (“Punkt wählen” in german).
After that you can go to “Search” and do a postion or a address search => “navigate to”
In the last step the “route” button shows you the new route.
I must admit it’s not very intuitive.

osmand Version 0.6.6


Not any more by now. They use their own vector format.


See t Osmand’s Google Code project at http://code.google.com/p/osmand/

On this site ( in the left margin) you can choose OsmAndMapCreator- which lets
you make your own .obf files from .osm | .osm.bz2 | osm.pbf files for offline use.

But you can download there prefabricated .obf files for your Android too.
(A service like Lambertus has for the Garmin).

Nederland is excluded. Apparently because it’s ‘to big’. :wink:

But what about the offline vector map that is called “Netherlands europe”?

According to the list of available map files in Osmand app it has a date from 06.10.2011 and has a size of 368,3 MBytes as a zip file.


recently assembled maps of Osmand that are offered to download now include all POI data … aso it is no more necessary to download the extra POI obf file if you use vector maps.

Osmand does not show that file (Download offline data). And http://code.google.com/p/osmand/downloads/list
either under ‘Current downloads’ or ‘All downloads’.

Think you have to refresh the download list.

Or can you give a download link?

EDIT:Found it on http://code.google.com/p/osmand/downloads/list?num=100&start=300
But packed in two zip files.

What was the program to put them together?

But for sure Osmand is showing the netherlands file from a freshly downloaded list in the app itself.

But it is also an option to download map data files separatly from code.google.com like you are going to do.

To combine the two zip files try the following:

  1. download the latest OsmAndMapCreator-development.zip from http://download.osmand.net/latest-night-build/

  2. uncompress to any folder on your desktop PC where you have an up-tp date JAVA installation as well.

  3. run inspector.bat via Windows commandline or inspector.sh via Linux command line, and read the text that is coming up on the screen. There are some hints and options to combine single *.obf files to one.

  4. Tell us about success or failure :slight_smile:

Long time I haven’t use it, but will give a try now that there are vector maps for offline use. Have someone test the address search for housenumbers? Is that working well?

Osmand | Download offline data shows:

Netherlands europe (zip)

the ‘Map, Transport,Address’ file is missing.

Ok. But I downloaded the files

On Windows 7 changed one to Netherlands_europe_1.obf.zip but the
unpacker tells that its is empty.

So my question changes from “What was the program to put them together?” to
Which program do I need to unzip them?

Wouldn’t a usefull unzipper make one .obf file from them already?

Mmm… updated osmand with the latest build from osmand.net.
Thats version 0.6.9… I used 0.5.1 ;-).

Now the Map, Transport,Address’ Netherlands europe (zip)
was showing up.

Downloaded more than 300 MB.

But this new version has troubles displaying Nederland on low zoom.
It complains with ‘not enough memory to display selected area’.
After that it will not render new views.

The old version does all zoom levels. It does even so after
the new version refused to display and is still in memory.

Try to deactivate the “native rendering” option in Osmand’s settings at “development”, scroll down to see that in settings.

This issue is already in discussion according to https://groups.google.com/group/osmand/t/d30c2f33b5dd2873

Native rendering was not checked.

This was on a tablet with screen resolution 1024x600
and 1GB RAM.

Installed it on a phone with hardly a quarter of that RAM. 340x480.

Here the latest osmand_development renders ok.

Osmand is so great!

Will read the link later. Thanks.