I would like to extract airports' boundaries from OpenStreetMap. Therefore, to extract data from a given country, for instance France I do:

out meta;

However, I would like to search for such data for the whole world, i.e. without limiting the area. Is there a node representing the world or do I have to loop such queries country by country ?


Basically, you can just drop the area parts of your query to get what you want:

 out meta;

but your query might get cancelled due to server load.

Alternatively, you can query by bbox fo parts of the world.

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    Union is missing in the answer, otherwise nodes, ways and relations will never be in the query result. It should read: (node["aeroway"="aerodrome"]; way["aeroway"="aerodrome"];>; relation["aeroway"="aerodrome"];>>;);out meta;. Also, [maxsize: ] and [timeout: ] are most likely needed as well. In any case, I would start with smaller bboxes rather than a global query. – mmd Jan 5 '17 at 15:06
  • And, of course, you could dl the data yourself and work w/ that (it's huge, but somewhat useful to have locally). – user1462 Jan 5 '17 at 18:38

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