Do you know where I can download an updated shapefile of the roads of the World that come from a single source?

I've downloaded the Global Roads Open Access Data Set (gROADS), v1 (1980 – 2010), but this is a compilation from different data souces and cannot compare the data among all countries.

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    Why not just acquire the OSM dataset?
    – Thomas
    Oct 4, 2016 at 16:25
  • @ThomasHorner Why not make that an answer?
    – Dan C
    Oct 4, 2016 at 16:26
  • Trying to see if there were other requirements for the data. But yeah, might as well throw it in an answer I guess.
    – Thomas
    Oct 4, 2016 at 16:30
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    – underdark
    Oct 4, 2016 at 16:42
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    Are you really after a shapefile? the format is limited to 2GB, and it's likely that all the roads of the world won't fit onto a file that small
    – nmtoken
    Oct 4, 2016 at 18:13

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OpenStreetMap data might be what you are looking for -- it is somewhat standardized and pretty up-to-date across many parts of the globe.

Check out their wiki for steps on download and converting their datasets. Then just extract the roads data from there.


  • Thanks for the help, but I'm afraid OpenStreetMaps doesn't cover many sites of the world
    – Claudia
    Oct 4, 2016 at 16:40

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