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JOSM Logo 2014.svg
JOSM screenshot hoofdscherm.png
JOSM with single OpenStreetMap data layer (standard rendering style)
Original author(s) Immanuel Scholz
Developer(s) Dirk Stöcker and other contributors
Initial release January 22, 2006 (2006-01-22)[1]
Stable release 10526 / July 12, 2016 (2016-07-12)[2]
Development status Active
Written in Java (version 7 or later)
Platform multiplatform (Windows, Linux, OS X)
Available in 34[3] languages
Type GIS software
License GNU GPL v2

JOSM (About this sound listen ) (Java OpenStreetMap Editor) is a free software desktop editing tool for OpenStreetMap geodata created in Java. It has a lot of advanced features,[4] but also more complicated user interface than default online editor iD.


JOSM road presets menu in German

Some notable features of JOSM are importing GPX files (GPS tracks),[5] working with aerial imagery (including WMS, TMS and WMTS protocols), support for multiple cartographic projections, layers, relations editing,[6] data validation tools, data filtering, offline work,[7] presets and rendering styles.[8] JOSM provides more than 200 keyboard shortcuts for the core functions.[9]

Many additional features (like tools for drawing buildings, adding Wikipedia links or viewing data in 3D) are available through the plugins.[10][11][12][13] There are more than 100 of them in the repository.[14]


First changeset was created on 27 September 2005.[15] First beta version (which required Java 5[16]) was made available on 4 October 2005 and JOSM 1.0 has been released on 22 January 2006.[1] Current versioning scheme, using code changeset number, was introduced in 2008.[17]

In 2014 project logo has been replaced with the new artwork, which won a design contest.[18]


The highest number of edits in OSM is done using JOSM.[19] The software was used to perform several large scale OSM imports, including TIGER data in the United States.[20]

JOSM can also be used for editing an OSM sister project OpenHistoricalMap.[21] It's included as a package in many Linux distributions like Ubuntu [22][23] and the OSGEO Live DVD[24]

Various tutorials are available. The LearnOSM Tutorial, translated in 16 languages, has a section on JOSM.[25] It covers the editing process, the tools, the plugins, the presets, the imagery functionalities, conflict resolution and other features.


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  4. ^ Jokar Arsanjani, J., Zipf, A., Mooney, P., Helbich, M., eds. (2015). OpenStreetMap in GIScience: Experiences, Research, and Applications. Springer. p. 71. ISBN 978-3-319-14280-7. 
  5. ^ Geographic Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. USA: Information Resources Management Association. 2013. p. 546. ISBN 1466620382. 
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  8. ^ Bennett Jonathan (September 2010). OpenStreetMap. PacktPub. ISBN 9781847197504. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
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  11. ^ Chance Tom (March 6, 2009). "OpenStreetMap: the data behind the maps". Linux Weekly News. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Michael Zilske; Andreas Neumann; Kai Nagel (2 September 2015). "OpenStreetMap for traffic simulation". Technische Universitat Berlin Collection. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  13. ^ F Scioscia; M Binetti; M Ruta; S Ieva; Eugenio Di Sciascio (5 February 2014). "Annotation edition JOSM Plugin, in A framework and a tool for semantic annotation of POIs in OpenStreetMap". Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 111, Pages 1092–1101. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
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  20. ^ Nathan Willis (23 January 2008). "OpenStreetMap project completes import of United States TIGER data". Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
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  22. ^ "JOSM". 10 December 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  23. ^ "JOSM". 22 April 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "OSGEO-DVD". OSGEO. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
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