I have an OSM map of a larger region. Inside that region is a city with a boundary specified by a polygon.

I want to retrieve IDs of all ways (ideally - of all buildings) inside that boundary (inside the red polygon in the screenshot below).

Artyom city

How can I do it (ideally - in Java) ?

  • Do you want to do it locally? There are APIs (e.g. overpass) that can do this from a server; which you could install yourself if you need to. – BradHards Nov 1 '13 at 10:38
  • @BradHards Actually, it's irrelevant whether this happens online or locally. For now, I intend to download the data within the bounding box ( openstreetmap.org/api/0.6/… ), then read all buildings from there and filter out those, which lie inside the polygon boundary (as described on stackoverflow.com/questions/12083093/… ). I'm not finished yet, so if you know an easier way, I'll be glad to hear it. – Mentiflectax Nov 1 '13 at 10:47

I have same need. Till now i have this overpass query

way(poly:"50.7 7.1 50.7 7.2 50.75 7.15")[building];
out ids;



Instead of downloading all the data, you can use the Overpass API to do a selective extract based on a bounding box and certain properties (for example, a key-value search for certain properties).

What properties you choose to use is (of course) your choice - I assume you already have something you're using as the definition of a "building" based on the key-value pairs in the API output, since this is a bit qualitative (e.g. is a bus shelter a building?)

If you'd like to install that system locally, see http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Overpass_API/versions

  • Very interesting. I'll try to formulate a query for getting a list of all buildings inside the polygon. Regarding buildings: By "building" I mean any way, which has a node <tag k="building" v="..."/>. – Mentiflectax Nov 1 '13 at 11:10

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