We recently rolled out 8.2 million km² of high-resolution satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe to our base map. Read more about it here →

All this imagery is available to be used by OpenStreetMap contributors for mapping! 🎉

Here is a breakout of the extents:

Asia Major cities and urban corridors in Middle East, India, China, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Africa Egypt and parts of Kenya.

Europe Major cities in Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Iceland, and Hungary. Also Paris and Moscow.

South America Major parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.

North America Large parts of Mexico, Cuba, and Central America, along with southern cities of Canada.

This imagery will enable mappers to trace intricate details like buildings intrusions, turn lanes, trees and so much more! Happy mapping! 🌐

Rio de Janeiro Rio de generio

Floating logs in Vancouver Floating logs in Vancouver

Ijen volcano East Java, Indonesia Ijen volcano  East Java Indonesia

The new Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi (UAE)  The new Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi (UAE)


Mapping: All this imagery is licensed for OSM tracing use.

Source: All this imagery is provided by DigitalGlobe from its satellites.

Date: Varies. We do not publish fine-grained date metadata, but we know it’s important to OSM and we hope to provide it in the future.

Local problems with imagery, requests to prioritize specific areas, and other feedback: Please submit through this form →


Comment from Omnific on 19 September 2017 at 23:43

Thanks a lot, fresh imagery is always appreciated, especially in underserved areas.

Comment from maracuja-juice on 20 September 2017 at 05:38

That’s great news!

Comment from kucai on 20 September 2017 at 13:44

A very welcomed news.

Although I dread the alignment and realignment of imagery/data layer that is bound to happen. There is no conveniently accessible way to tell all mappers that the imagery of an area has been aligned correctly by such and such on this date through surveyed known point, (or gps tracks or some other ways).

JOSM map offset database plugin isn’t widely used in my area (I’ve not come across any), and no idea if ID accesses the same resource.

How do you guys in well developed maps cope with this issue?

Comment from Annajohns on 21 September 2017 at 08:08

wow! amazing! By the way I read about it in news

Comment from Annajohns on 21 September 2017 at 08:09

wow! amazing! By the way I read about it in news

Comment from Skippern on 16 October 2017 at 06:55

Within the geographic regions covered by these updates, surprisingly none of the places I work seems to be updated. Typical my luck :(

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