Test area?


i know this has been discussed before. I just can’t find someone giving definitive answer to this question:

How/where to test access to the OSM db via the API? My mobile OSM editor is advancing (slowly) and the download via libcurl is working. Now i’d like to test some upload related stuff. Where can i do this? Should i just use some white area? Should this be marked somehow? Should i go to the north pole (a suggestion i found when searching for this topic)?

Or even better: Is there some server that behaves like the real one but doesn’t write to the real database? There’ll e.g. a time when i test deleting things from the database. And while i’ll of course try to make sure that i’ll only delete test data i’ve installed myself, there is of course always the danger to accidentally delete something else.

So what’s your suggestion on this? Where do e.g. the josm guys do their testing? Perhaps i can play in their test fields as well.


There is main.dev.openstreetmap.org for api 0.6 testing, see http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/dev/2008-July/010963.html . But it seems rather down at the moment. I advise you to write to the dev mailing list or irc #osm at irc.oftc.net, as most of the dev guys are not on this forum

EDIT: iick should check for responses before posting, an old tab.

There is the dev server http://dev.openstreetmap.org.

This is what I could find: a discussion about openstreetmap test server

api06.dev.openstreetmap.org works :wink:

Thanks a lot!