I was hoping to use ESRI's ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap to view OpenStreetMap data in ArcMap, but my organization hasn't upgraded to version 10 yet.

I also know about ArcBruTile, but I prefer not to use that software because of the potential TOS violations with Google, Bing, etc.

Does anyone know of another way to bring OpenStreetMap tiles into ArcGIS 9.3.1?

Thanks for your help,


  • My initial reaction was "sure you can add it in 9.3.1" I was surprised to find out that this particular service requires version 10. I love ArcGIS but they sure know how to push people to get new versions. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 2 '11 at 18:36
  • Are you just needing the tiles for background layers? or do you want to edit the OSM data? - arcgis.com/home/webmap/… – Mapperz Jun 2 '11 at 19:22
  • I just need them for background layers, i.e. basemap. – Casey Jun 2 '11 at 19:24
  • Hi Mapperz, The arcgis.com basemaps only work in ArcMap 10, as far as I know. Thanks for the link. – Casey Jun 2 '11 at 19:35

OSM Layers for ArcGIS


Alternatively *http://osm.wheregroup.com/ have a WMS OSM Server (Europe)

    Data Type: WMS Service 
WMS Server: http://osm.wheregroup.com/cgi-bin/osm_basic.xml?SERVICE=WMS&version=1.1.1&service=WMS&request=GetLegendGraphic&layer=Grenzen&format=image/png&STYLE=default&
Service Name: OSM_Basic

Default Coordinate System: GCS_WGS_1984 Datum: D_WGS_1984 Prime Meridian: 0

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  • Also, geofabrik has a for-fee WMS service: wms.geofabrik.de – neuhausr Jun 3 '11 at 13:43
  • Thanks Mapperz. The ArcGIS Online map layers only work in version 10. Your alternative solution worked very well, though. I didn't know you could add a WMS service. I created a new WMS service in ArcCatalog and it worked very well. Now only if I could find a WMS that has coverage for North America. Thanks – Casey Jun 3 '11 at 14:05

Arc2Earth claims to be able to import OpenStreetMap (as well as Google imagery and maps) into ArcGIS. Unlike ArcBruTile which is buggy and barely legal (if legal at all), it is my understanding that Arc2Earth is completely legit but not free.

Scratch that, there is a free version; In terms of just trying out the OpenStreetMap tiles there is a "Free" version but as it indicates on the site the map tiles will be watermarked.

Separate "Data Service" is required if you want Google Imagery capabilities within ArcGIS.


  • Thanks Jakub. I'll give the free version of Arc2Earth a try and let you know how it goes. – Casey Jun 2 '11 at 19:01

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