Potlatch (software)

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Potlatch 2 with OpenStreetMap data
Potlatch 2 with OpenStreetMap data
Developer(s)Richard Fairhurst
Stable release
2.4[1] / July 4, 2015 (2015-07-04)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inActionScript
PlatformAdobe Flash
Available in94[2] languages
TypeGIS software

Potlatch is a free software editing tool for OpenStreetMap geodata using Adobe Flash. It is one of two editors embedded directly within the OpenStreetMap website.

Potlatch 2 requires a web browser with at least version 8 of the Flash plugin installed. It continues to be actively maintained.


Potlatch 1[4] was released mid 2006[5] and was the default editor on the main OpenStreetMap site until it was replaced by Potlatch 2 in April 2011.[6] The name Potlatch came from the name of newsletter of the Lettrist International art collective.[7]

An alpha version of Potlatch 2, a complete reimplementation of the software, was published in summer 2010. In December 2010, Potlatch 2 was released for general use. After Microsoft had granted OpenStreetMap permission to use aerial imagery from their Bing Maps service for tracing, Potlatch 2 was extended to display these images in the background.

iD (current default editor on main OpenStreetMap website) is in turn a reimplementation of Potlatch 2 architecture in JavaScript.[7][8]


  1. ^ https://github.com/systemed/potlatch2/releases
  2. ^ https://github.com/systemed/potlatch2/tree/master/l10n/locale
  3. ^ "OpenStreetMap Potlatch 2 git repository". Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  4. ^ "P1 repository".
  5. ^ Fairhurst, Richard. "Potlatch 1".
  6. ^ Weait, Richard. "Awesone Patlatch 2 team awarded Lolcat of Awesomeness".
  7. ^ a b Fairhurst, Richard. "It all starts with an editor". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  8. ^ MacWright, Tom. "iD Updates". MapBox. Retrieved 20 November 2012.

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