I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and I would like to know the easiest way to install the latest (stable) version of Osmosis, which is 0.44.

I ran

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install osmosis
osmosis -v

That last command returns many lines, but the second is

INFO: Osmosis Version 0.40.1

0.40 seems to have too many problems with 64-bit integers. So I want to download the latest stable, but I don't know where Osmosis is currently installed to and thus where I should copy the downloaded files to.


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Finding the location of your current executable can be done with which and ls -l can show you where the symlink points:

which osmosis | xargs ls -l

If you know the location just follow the Install instructions for pre-built binaries:

wget http://bretth.dev.openstreetmap.org/osmosis-build/osmosis-latest.tgz
mkdir osmosis-new
mv osmosis-latest.tgz osmosis-new
cd osmosis-new
tar xvfz osmosis-latest.tgz
rm osmosis-latest.tgz
chmod a+x bin/osmosis
cd .. 
mv osmosis-new/* /your/osmosis/install/location/
  • Ahh, the which command, I need to remember that more. It returned /usr/bin/osmosis which was a file rather than a directory. I tried several things before deciding I was best to delete my attempts and start the installation from scratch (into any folder in my home directory that I won't delete). The readme.txt contains instructions to make a symbolic link in your user bin (probably what that file was!) and now I've done that I can return to using the osmosis command without caring where it is.
    – Gregory
    Commented Jan 4, 2016 at 12:54
  • Somewhere on my computer I guess I have an old copy of osmosis, I should do a file search for that if I want to clean it up. If you update your answer to mention which may return a symbolic link, then I will happily mark it as the correct answer. Thank you.
    – Gregory
    Commented Jan 4, 2016 at 12:54
  • @Gregory valid remark. I included the listing of symlinks and where they point to
    – Kersten
    Commented Jan 4, 2016 at 13:15

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