I followed a tutorial to install a PostgreSQL server on my Mac OS X Mavericks, and to import some OSM data with the osm2pgsql converter (https://www.mapbox.com/tilemill/docs/guides/osm-bright-mac-quickstart/).

I used OSM data in the .osm.pbf format for the import. That works fine.

Is it possible to use the formats .osm and .osm.bz2 as well? And maybe other formats? Do I then need to add certain options to the osm2pgsql command, depending on the chosen format?

I intend to import only small amounts of data into the database, mainly for visualizing purposes in TileMill.

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it can read .gz, .bz2, .pbf and .o5m files directly

  • And of course .osm which is just a XML file. See the osm2pgsql project page for details.
    – scai
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 19:08

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