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How can I convert a set of ShapeFiles to an OSM file?

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You can do it with JOSM + OpenData plugin. With this extension JOSM can open SHP (4326) than you can save it as OSM file

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    For repeated needs ogr2osm is more easy to use in scripts wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Ogr2osm.
    – user30184
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 20:50
  • I tried to use the OpenData plugin to convert a 600mb shape file but it looks like there is a memory leak in the plugin.
    – skubski
    Commented Jan 15, 2021 at 8:23
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    Actually, turned out that it required 20GB of memory to open aforementioned file. JOSM became unresponsive, laggy at best, after it finally processed my .shp file. This is an unacceptable tool / method to convert .shp files into .osm files.
    – skubski
    Commented Jan 15, 2021 at 14:16
  • I agree with @skubski; JOSM is incredibly sluggish ans slow and sucks memory. Another tools should be used.
    – Ted
    Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 8:59
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shp-to-osm.jar has a simple configuration file to translate shapefile attributes to SOM key-value pairs

https://github.com/iandees/shp-to-osm

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Shp-to-osm.jar

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On the OSM Wiki Import Page you find an exhautive list of tools, that can convert shapefiles to an OSM file (All above mentioned tools are included).

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