The instructions for using OSM data in QGIS say, "Open QGIS and go to Vector -> OpenStreetMap -> Download Data…" but, there is no OpenStreetMap in the Vector menu. Where do I find it, or, how do I get it? I thought it was supposed to be there automatically.

I am using QGIS 3.10.1 on a Mac running OS 10.14.6

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    do you have a link to the 'instructions'?
    – Mapperz
    Commented Apr 8, 2020 at 17:47
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    Welcome to GIS.SE. You'd better install a plugin, such as QuickOSM that lets you chose features as well as a geographic extent. Commented Apr 8, 2020 at 18:48
  • You should check the documentation for 3.X, not QGIS 2. What is the extent or what do you want to download?
    – etrimaille
    Commented May 30, 2020 at 12:23

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Download based on extent go here: https://export.hotosm.org/en/v3/exports. Because perhaps, you don't need all data that sometimes can take large space.


In QGIS 2.8.2 you can find Open Street Map in the "Web" menu => OpenLayers Plugin (just to display when working online). The website to download the maps as shp files is http://download.geofabrik.de/index.html. J Just select the continent, country etc. and download as Zip file. CRS is WGS84 Lat Long.

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