I just (December 12, 2018) downloaded the training manual and data. I'm trying to get started but I cant find the first part to download the OpenStreetMap part.

"In the Vector menu dropdown, select OpenStreetMap -> Download Data. You can then manually enter the co-ordinates of the region you wish to use, or you can use an existing layer to set the co-ordinates."

I see the Vector menu on the top ribbon, but the dropdown does not have the right option. I cruised around but didn't see a way to add it.


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If you are using QGIS 2.18.x, you can find Vector -> OpenStreetMap -> Download Data:

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However, if you are using QGIS 3.4 or 3.X in general, OpenStreetMap is not there, which I assume this is the QGIS version that you currently have:

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If you want to download OpenStreetMap, you can use some plugins such as OSM Downloader but personally I didn't test it.

  • Yes I just dl'ed 3.4.2, thanks. I guess I can create my own .osm file, but I wanted to follow along with the instructions. Or do you think I could find QGIS 2.18? Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 3:11
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    @BruceBowers If you want to follow the manual instructions, then it is better to download QGIS 2.18.
    – ahmadhanb
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 3:13
  • Older versions of QGIS can be downloaded here: download.osgeo.org/qgis. Click on your operating system and scroll down until you find version 2.18.26. Here's a direct link to download QGIS 2.18.26 for 64-bit Windows: download.osgeo.org/qgis/windows/…
    – csk
    Commented Dec 17, 2018 at 18:03
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    The QuickOSM plugin is a lot better. You can filter for data you want, or take the All OSM query in the My Queries tab to get everything inside the map canvas.
    – AndreJ
    Commented Dec 21, 2018 at 18:05
  • @AndreJ I didn't know about QuickOSM. Thanks for sharing. I will give it a try.
    – ahmadhanb
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 2:41

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