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Vector maps (Map styles)

Vector maps are designed to be the default map data source for OsmAnd, so you need to download them to your device. Vector maps support a huge range of map styles for many activities like cycling, hiking, riding by car or snowmobile, etc. Each map style can be tuned to highlight or hide specific objects and switch between day and night mode. Map vector data could be augmented by vector data and displayed with default Map style, for example, Contour Lines information. You can create your own OsmAnd map style to demonstrate the necessary information.

Use cases​

Configurable & Custom Map styles are one of the main advantages of OsmAnd. Each user can customize the display of the map for himself and his hobbies, configure to show or hide certain map objects, sizes, and colours of these objects and change the scale on which to display certain objects.

Default Map styles​

OsmAnd offers you many map styles and data layers that fit by default. Let's take a look at the main ones for day and night modes.

Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Map style

OsmAnd​

OsmAnd style is the default style of map rendering, general-purpose style. It offers details about the city such as streets, buildings, transport stops, etc. Simplified rendering to have cleaner maps in the populated cities. Key features: contour lines, routes, surface quality, access restrictions, road shields, paths rendering according to SAC scale, whitewater sports features.

OsmAnd map style

Touring view​

Touring style with high contrast and maximum detail. Includes all options of the OsmAnd default style, while displaying as much detail as possible, in particular roads, paths, and other ways to travel. Clear "touring atlas" distinction between road types. Suitable for day, night, and outdoor use.

Touring view map style

UniRS and LightRS​

Modification of the default style to increase contrast of pedestrian and bicycle roads. Uses legacy Mapnik colors.

UniRS and LightRS styles are author styles that render the basic map information but in different colour schemes.

UniRS style: Modification of the default style to increase contrast of pedestrian and bicycle roads. Uses legacy Mapnik colors.

UniRS map style

LightRS style: Simple driving style. Gentle night mode, contour lines, contrasting orange styled roads, dims secondary map objects.

LightRS map style

Nautical​

Β For nautical navigation. Features buoys, lighthouses, riverways, sea lanes and marks, harbors, seamark services, and depth contours. Read more about Nautical maps.

Nautical map style

Winter and ski​

For skiing. Features pistes, ski-lifts, cross country tracks, etc. Dims secondary map objects.

Winter and ski style is designed to help you navigate winter sports locations: you'll be able to see ski pistes and other details such as the complexity of skiing tracks and ski lift markers. Key features: renders pistes, aerial ways, and other ski features in a convenient way. Less distracting secondary map objects. Read more about Ski maps.

Winter & Ski map style

Topo​

For hiking, trekking, and nature cycling. Readable outdoors. Contrasting roads and natural objects, different route types, advanced contour line options, extra details. Adjusting "Surface integrity" distinguishes road quality.

Topo map style

OSM-carto​

This style simulates default web OpenStreetMap style. Web source code is available at Github, OsmAnd code at Github.

OSM-carto map style

Desert​

For deserts and other sparsely populated areas. More detailed.

Desert map style

Offroad​

For off-road driving based on 'Topo' style and for use with green satellite images as an underlay. Reduced main road thickness, increased thickness of tracks, paths, bicycle and other routes.

Offroad map style

Snowmobile​

For snowmobile driving with dedicated roads and tracks.

Snowmobile map style

Map Legend​

Map legend is a visual explanation of the symbols used on the map. It typically includes a sample of each symbol (point, line, or area), and a short description of what the symbol means. For example, a short segment of a blue sinuous line may be labeled 'rivers'. Map legend of OsmAnd maps you can find here.

Map Fonts (Android)​

The spelling of local names in simplified / traditional chinese, japanese, korean languages (Map language) could be shown in erroneous hieroglyphs or even in squares. This happens when the device does not support the required fonts. Some issues with these incorrect fonts on our Github page: 3911, 8187, 9400, 10862. To do this, OsmAnd for Android has the ability to download the necessary fonts for download.

Download map fonts for simplified / traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean maps:
Android Menu β†’ Download maps β†’ Other β†’ Map fonts

Map fonts Android version Map fonts version

* Contour Lines​

Contour lines are represented as vector maps that are displayed as elevation lines. You need to enable Contour lines Plugin, download the data for your region and configure the display. Feature is not enabled by default and needs to be purchased first.

Contour lines are available for all map styles and modes and could be configured via Contour lines Menu.

To configure it, follow these steps:
Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Contour lines

Contour lines map style

More information about Contour lines.

Configure Map Style​

Map mode​

During day and night, you need to use mode for the map. Map styles have night and day mode styles. In this menu, you find the time of sunrise and sunset.

In order to change Day/night mode:
Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Map mode

Here you can choose:

ParameterDescription
Sunrise/sunsetAutomated day/night view switching.
DaySwitching on day mode only.
NightSwitching on night mode only.
Light sensorUsing a light sensor for day/night mode.

Details​

In Details menu you can show or hide the next additional map details:
Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Details

Parameter and Description
More details. Showing polygons, trails, points, signs at low zooms on the map. It means you can see more details on your map at low zooms. Note: rendering on your device may be not fast.
Map parameter - More detailed
Show road surface. Showing type of surface of roads. Colour of the road helps you to understand what is the surface of the road is: asphalt, grass or sand etc. Look at Map legend.
Map parameter - Road surface
Show road quality. Indicates the quality of the road. Indicates the smoothness (slope) of the road. How smooth your roads are: good, bad, possibly terrible, etc. Look at the Map legend to determine the smoothness of your road.
Map parameter - Road smoothness
Show access restrictions and toll. Showing access of roads: private or permissive, or only for emergency, or maybe toll road. Look at Map legend to find your road access.
Map parameter - Road access
Show Low Emission Zones. Showing green board and labels "LEZ" for Low Emission Zones in cities. A Low-Emission Zone (LEZ) is a geographically defined area which seeks to restrict or deter access by certain polluting vehicles with the aim of improving the air quality. It will help you not receive penalties in the green city center.
Map parameter - Low emission zones
Color-code buildings by type. Coloring buildings and places have special colours for each category: regular buildings, industrial, commercial, etc. Look at Map legend to find your colour for the building.
Map parameter - Coloured buildings
Street lighting. Showing street lighting on the map. On the map, you can see illuminated and not illuminated streets, underground illuminated ways and temporarily illuminated streets. Look at Map legend.
Map parameter - Street lightning
OSM mapper assistant. Special setting for mappers. Showed refs, remarks, comments on the map from other mappers.
Map parameter - Map assistant
Nautical depth contours. Showing nautical depth contours on seas. You need to have a nautical plugin and download Nautical maps.
Map parameter - Depth contours
Nature reserve. Showing green board and labels "NR" for Nature reserve territory. A nature reserve is a protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest.
Map parameter - Nature reserve

Routes​

In OsmAnd you can highlight official routes (present on OpenStreetMap) and hiking symbol overlay for your activities. It is very useful for your cycling, hiking, etc. You can select multiple routes at once though they will be displayed as layers and if the road has multiple routes over it only top colour will be visible. If you have some specific rendering styles enabled, you could have a bigger routes variety i.e. for Snowmobile style you could select Snowmobile routes.

To configure it, follow these steps: Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Routes

Configure Map Routes section

Parameter and Description
Cycle routes
Route. Color routes according to their individual local color (if present on OpenStreetMap) and hiking shield symbol.. Look at Map legend.
Map routes - cycle routes
Node networks. Color routes according to their node network type (international, regional, local)..
Map routes - cycle-node-networks
Mountain bike routes. Showing colored MTB trails. Look at Map legend.
Map routes - mtb trails
Hiking routes
OSMC. Color routes according to their individual local color (if present on OpenStreetMap) and hiking shield symbol..
Map routes - hiking osmc
Network affiliation. Color by network affiliation..
Map routes - hiking network
Node networks. Color routes according to their node network type (international, regional, local)..
Map routes - hiking node networks
Alpine hiking scale (SAC). Showing classified hiking trails in mountainous areas with regard to the difficulties to be expected by colour.
Map routes - alpine hiking
Ski slopes. Showing colored routes of ski slopes. This setting is supported by map style "Winter and ski".
Map routes - ski slopes
Horse routes. Showing colored routes and symbols for riding horses.
Map routes - horse routes
Whitewater sports. Showing icons of access, dangerous areas, tourism of whitewater sports.
Map routes - whitewater sport
Running routes. Used for named, numbered, or otherwise designated running routes used primarily for athletics. Data for these routes are taken from OpenStreetMap project: The tag route=running
Fitness routes
Show fitness trails. A fitness trail is a trail or path equipped with obstacles or stations along its length to exercise the human body for the purpose of improving health. Data for these routes are taken from OpenStreetMap project: The tag route=fitness_trail
Fitness routes
Travel routes Shows previously uploaded specially configured user routes taken from OpenStreetMap categories. Android only.
Travel routes Travel routes

Transport​

In navigation in cities, you need to see public transport in more contrast and stops. Of course, this setting shows train routes too.

You can click to a public transport stop and choose one of the public transport routes. You see all routes with stops.

In OsmAnd we can choose special rendering for these needed:
Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Show β†’ Transport

Parameter and Description
Transport stops. Showing public transport stops.
Map transport stops
Bus, trolleybus, shuttle routes. Showing bus, trolleybus, shuttle routes.
Map transport bus
Tram and train routes. Showing tram and train routes.
Map transport tram
Subway routes. Showing underground routes.
Map transport subway

Hide​

Sometimes we need to hide objects on the map for better vision. For example to hide water while using the Underlay layer of Satellite online maps.

In order to hide some objects on the map you can choose them in this menu:
Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Hide

ParameterDescription
BoundariesHide regional boundaries inside of countries, but state boundaries are visible.
PolygonsHide all polygons of natural objects, special function for Underlay/Overlay layer.
BuildingsHide all polygons of buildings.
Hide waterHide all polygons of water (seas, lakes, reservoirs etc.)
House numbersHide house numbers on the map.
Proposed objectsHide proposed objects, those objects which are planned for a building, but only have a project (projected roads, crossroads, buildings etc.)
POI iconsHide POI icons from the map. But labels of these POI will be on the map.
POI labelsHide POI labels from the map. But icons of these POI will be on the map.
Underground objectsHide all underground objects, like tunnels, passes, floors, etc. Special for clearing maps on cities from non useful objects.
Overground objectsHide all overground objects. Special for seeing only underground objects like tunnels, passes, etc.

Road style​

Special settings for roads. When we change colours according to road Atlas or add high contrast of roads or bold outline for roads.

Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Road style

Parameter and Description
Default. Default style for highways. Look at Map legend.
Map road style default
German road atlas. Style of German road atlas.
Map road style german
American road atlas. Style of American road atlas.
Map road style american
High contrast roads. The high contrast of roads.
Map road style high contrast
Bold outline. Bold outline for roads.
Map road style bold outline

Text size​

This setting helps to change the text size for names on the map:
Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Text size

Example
100%
Map text size 100%
200%
Map text size 200%

Map magnifier​

This setting helps to change the magnifier of the map. It is applicable for raster & vector maps. For raster maps it applies a magnifying effect, so text labels look bigger or smaller. For vector maps it provides a more or less detailed map, if you put it to a low value it will produce a noisy / slow map.

You can choose this setting by long-click to "+" or "-" button on the screen or:
Android Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Map magnifier

Example
75%
Map magnifier 75%
200%
Map magnifier 200%

Map Language​

This setting allows using of any language for names on the map. If names don't have translation we can choose transliteration ("Use latin name if missing" switcher):
Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Map rendering β†’ Map language

Example
Local names
Map language local names
Ukranian names
Map language ukranian
Show local names
Map language local
Transliterate names
Map language transliterate

Custom Map style (own map style)​

If you have your own or 3rd party custom map style created according to Specification, you can install it on a device in the following ways.

  • Copy *.render.xml file on devices & Open with OsmAnd.
  • Rendering styles could be exported & imported via Standard import / export dialogs. So if you create an example '*.osf' package which will work as a plugin that could be shared with other people.
  • If you have access directly to the External Storage of OsmAnd (Android), you can simply copy it to the rendering-styles folder. Read more about it in Storage specification.

After that, you could select your own map style in the menu.