how can I increase the zoom level in QGIS for OpenStreetMap (OSM) data? I am new to GIS therefore I may have the terminology wrong. I have added an OSM layer using the OpenLayers plugin. Everything is working fine except once I zoom in too much, the layer disappears. I need to be able to zoom very close. How can I achieve this? I have tried importing shapefiles instead and it does let me zoom in however, it does not look the same as the openstreetmaps.com website. Is there a way to basically copy this data and be able to zoom in very close and have the same style (meaning the colors, width of roads, buildings, etc.)? 1:1 scale would be great!

  • Yes, you are correct, my apologies. I have edited my question as per your suggestion.
    – Caesar
    Apr 13, 2015 at 17:29

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The Openlayers plugin is restricted to a scale of 1:2500

Alternatively, you can use the TileLayerPlugin. It works with a tab-delimited text file for the available datasources.

For Openstreetmap tiles, the additional entry is:

Openstreetmap   OSM http://c.tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png 1   0   19  -180    -85.0   180.0   85.0

Keep in mind that the delimiters have to be tabs, not blanks.

  • You may have mentioned that this file (saved as .tsv in UTF8) should go to .qgis2/python/plugins/TileLayerPlugin/layers. It works, but the OSM labels are too small to be readable. Is there maybe also a way to add this via qgis.utils.iface.addRasterLayer in the python console ? (Just guessing)
    – Bernd V.
    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:56
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    You can place the file anywhere you want. The path can be chosen in the plugins form with the Settings icon. For the python console, I can not help you further.
    – AndreJ
    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:16
  • Perfect! That works! Although the text does get blurry. I'm assuming because they are downloaded as PNGs or Bitmaps instead of SVG graphics?
    – Caesar
    Apr 13, 2015 at 17:42
  • yes, tiles are typically pngs, not svgs.
    – clhenrick
    Apr 13, 2015 at 20:15
  • If you stick to EPSG:3857, the text will look better.
    – AndreJ
    Apr 14, 2015 at 3:53

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