Using OSM POIs in QGIS

Extracting POIs from OpenStreetMap is reasonably simple using Overpass API. A very convenient way to construct the query is to use a query builder which allows you to select the area of interest and builds queries for different servers.

xapi_query_builder

Of course you can fine-tune the query further. For example, you can add multiple key-value pairs to the query. I used the following query to select all Billa supermarkets:

http://www.overpass-api.de/api/xapi?*[shop=supermarket][name=Billa][bbox=15.96725,48.0432,16.79947,48.40915]

Note the * in the query? It means that I’m querying all kinds of features: nodes, ways, and relations.

Save the server response to a .osm file. This file can be loaded into QGIS using simple drag-and-drop or Add Vector Layer. A dialog will open where you can select the type of features you want to load from the file. You can simply use Select All and OK to load everything.

add_osm_file

My supermarket POIs came in two types: points and multipolygons. To style them both with nice supermarket SVG icons, I decided to use a Centroid fill with the SVG marker for the polygon layer:

osm_pois_billa

Open data and open source GIS … nice :-)

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5 comments
  1. Jesus said:

    How I make this: save the server response to a .osm file? Copy and paste to a file? Thanks.

    • If your browser displays the response text, try ctrl+S. That should allow you to save.

    • You really have to use the square brackets as shown in the example.

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