How can i add OSM layer in QGIS?

The help says there is an OSM plugin i can use. But i don't see it the list of plugins. enter image description here

Or maybe there is a WMS URL for OSM i can use?

QGIS version 1.7.0-Wroclaw on Windows 7 64bit


3 Answers 3


March 2015 update with QGIS 2.8.1 (Wien)

Web>Openlayers plugin

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For Raster images [after fetching python plugins] use the OpenLayers Plugin

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For Vector (editable layers) use the OpenStreetMap Plugin

use Download OSM Data option [OSM server limits large downloads] - zoom into an area of interest first there is some info when using the plugin that the area is ok to download - this will take a minute or so to process.

To edit save as shapefile (load this into QGIS) and toggle editing

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  • This was created on a Windows 7 (SP1) 64-bit PC with 8GB RAM. Intel i5 3.2Ghz
    – Mapperz
    Commented Jul 29, 2011 at 20:06
  • @Rostranimin updated for QGIS 2.8.1
    – Mapperz
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 17:34

This is an old question/answer but it pops out in the Google search and it is worthwhile adding new updates as in this answer. I would comment but I don't have enough reputation.
There is no need for an extra plugin, you can use the XYZ Tile Server.

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The URL for OpenStreetMap is:


Update for QGIS3
QGIS3 comes with a direct link to OpenStreetMap under Tile Server (XYZ), just double-click on it:

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  • thanks, always true with my QGis 2.18.17 under Ubuntu Bionic (18.04)
    – bcag2
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 14:35

Check out this Q/A link below.

How to get OpenStreetMap as a raster layer in QGIS

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