I'm trying to export all objects of East Kazakhstan region(as in image) from OSM file into separate pbf/osm file. What I'm trying to do is extract data from kazakhstan-latest.osm.pbf file by using osmconvert and osmfilter commands, but seems like it doesn't do what I would like to get.

After running the command:

./osmfilter kaz.o5m --verbose --keep="admin_level=4 and name=Восточно-Казахстанская\ область" -o=east2.osm

I see that my extracted file is only 3.1 Mb which is definitely small for such area.

-rw------- 1 sp sp 3.1M Aug 31 16:45 east2.osm

East Kazakhstan

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    can you add some explanation as to what you actual want to extract, I can confirm that following your command does give a small file of polylines in Western Kazakhstan and a few points (mostly on the western edge of the polylines)
    – Ian Turton
    Aug 31, 2016 at 12:49
  • I would recommend you use a tool call JOSM.
    – saviour123
    Aug 31, 2016 at 13:25
  • I need all objects that is actually located in the East Kazakhstan polygon. Aug 31, 2016 at 13:25
  • I guess JOSM can't handle large areas of map. Aug 31, 2016 at 13:26

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You ask osmfilter to keep everything that has admin_level 4 and a certain name. That is NOT everything inside that border line which you intend to get.

Instead, use osmconvert to clip to the region of interest from the .pbf file:


You need to convert the border (which you already have filtered) to polygon style with one of the softwares listed at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Osmosis/Polygon_Filter_File_Format#Converting_to.2Ffrom_POLY_format .

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