I know there are several post already on how to convert OSM to GeoJson, e.g., How do you convert OSM XML to geojson?.

Nevertheless, I tried the mentioned tools, but I always end up with the same problem. Whenever I load the converted GeoJson (http://tyrasd.github.io/osmtogeojson/) or load the OSM data directly (using geojson.io -> Open), I receive an invalid shape:


With http://geojsonlint.com/ I receive different errors using the result of the conversion (e.g., the first and last positions in a LinearRing of coordinates must be the same or Polygons and MultiPolygons should follow the right-hand rule). Is there any setting, tool, that may solve these problems? Or generate a valid result? Are there any tips for the OSM data, that I may apply (e.g., remove specific features, nodes, ...). The source data is shown correctly in OSM, see http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/62780.

The complete OSM file used for conversion can be found here on my GitHub: nuernberg.osm

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I clearly don't know where your issue is.

It's working exactly like the http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/62780 if you use osmtogeojson. You can see a sample in action and there are no broken elements. I make a call using the Overpass API (encoded url) and then do the conversion.

If you need a "one-shot" conversion without depending on third party later e.g Overpass API, just use query-overpass (need to have Node.js installed) and do:

# To install
npm install -g query-overpass
# Put the OverPass query and transform to GeoJSON using the command line 'query-overpass'
echo '[out:json][timeout:25];(relation(62780););out body;>;out skel qt;' | query-overpass --flat-properties > osm-relation-id-62780.geojson

I found the problem. The boundary of the file cuts of some nodes and ways from the OSM file. So that the whole shape is not included in the file. I will try to create a complete shape (did that with smaller things and it worked).

Nevertheless, one thing is still bothering me (and if I figured that out I'll edit this answer). There is a hole in the polygon (bottom right), which is not correctly converted. The conversion includes the hole, but also some polygon, which covers the whole. I'll investigate a little more.

Sorry for the confusion.

  • can you remake your selection from overpass-turbo.eu ? It exports geojson directly.
    – scruss
    Nov 15, 2016 at 23:24
  • yes I could do that, but I need to get the whole conversion to be automated (because of the amount). I have to see if overpass-turbo.eu supports such a feature.
    – Philipp
    Nov 16, 2016 at 0:35

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