My goal is to get a json export from Wikimapia. I'm trying to use their updated API but I always get no objects returned no matter what coordintes or categories I specify.

Here is my example query (?key=example is a valid key, but I also tried my own API key with the same result):


P.S. this answer is no longer valid as it uses deprecated methods

  • I have the same problem, anyone can help us ? How can we download data from wikimapia. Looks like their API doesn't work anymore Apr 4, 2019 at 16:41

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Have a look at the tool I developed : https://github.com/martinedoesgis/wikimapia-export

I use function=box and it is still working, but it looks like function=place.getbyarea isn't.

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