I have a query in overpass turbo, which searches for all buildings in the current bounding box (http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/Dgv). I would like to exclude buildings with certain id's from the output - e.g. the house no. 14 in the center with OSM id=93778916.

Any ideas how to do that?

After reading some other posts I understand, that the Overpass QL "if:" statement might work. But I really have to clue how to use it.

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In this case, I would use the difference statement and simply substract buildings with a given id. The following example excludes way ids 93778916 and 209000787.

 way(id:93778916, 209000787);
out body;
out skel qt;
  • Thanks very much, mmd! So easy and straight forward!
    – René K
    Oct 31, 2018 at 18:54
  • One more question, if you don't mind: Imagine I don't wannt to exclude elements by id but by OSM tag (e.g. wikidata=""). Is that also possible? Tried many different variants but none seems to work: overpass-turbo.eu/s/DhN
    – René K
    Nov 1, 2018 at 14:34
  • You don't need any difference statement in this case, just use the exlamation mark to negate the search: relation["admin_level"][!"wikidata"]({{bbox}}); out geom;
    – mmd
    Nov 1, 2018 at 16:14
  • But only certain Wikidata id's should be excluded. So I would like to search for all relations which have the admin level and wikidata tag. But some of the elements with a certain wikidata value I want to exclude from the result.
    – René K
    Nov 1, 2018 at 16:51
  • Please open up a new question, this discussion has nothing to do with the original topic.
    – mmd
    Nov 1, 2018 at 17:16

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