My JOSM plugins and tag presets for ease of use and better mapping

Posted by WowItsKaylie on 20 June 2022 in English (English). Last updated on 21 June 2022.

I use a few plugins and presets that help me map faster and better with JOSM. I recommend them as basics for people who are starting to map, or even experienced mappers if they find them useful.


  • FlatLaf: Dark theme for JOSM across all platforms. This isn’t needed but it makes JOSM way easier on the eyes.
  • Gridify: Generate grids using an area. Very useful for generating parking spaces quickly.
  • OpeningHoursEditor: Visual editor for opening hours
  • utilsplugin2: Adds various tools to JOSM I find useful, personally circle arc is my favorite because it lets you create smoother curves and turns on roads, sidewalks, and the such.
  • easypresets: Create more specific presets of existing presets for faster editing.

Tag Presets

I only use one tag preset called Name Suggestion Index. This allows you to mark businesses with their proper name, wikimedia tag, amenity, etc. This is the same index that iD uses for its suggestions, so this will give you very similar tag presets that iD does. I find this very useful for people moving from iD.

Comment from CjMalone on 22 June 2022 at 08:05

I find it weird that NSI isn’t enabled by default in JOSM. It’s the first thing I do.

Comment from nickjohnston on 22 June 2022 at 10:29

Thanks for the NSI tip, I have just set that up ☺

I’m a huge of circle arc too, I wish more people would use it.

Comment from WowItsKaylie on 23 June 2022 at 01:15

I’m a huge of circle arc too, I wish more people would use it.

Yep! It makes turns on ways a lot more pretty imo

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