Vector maps (Map styles)

Vector maps are designed to be a default source of map data for OsmAnd, so they need to be downloaded to the device. Vector maps support a huge range of map styles for many activities like cycling, hiking, riding by car or snowmobile, etc. Each map style could be tuned to highlight or hide specific objects and switch between day and night mode. Map vector data could be augmented by vector data and displayed with default Map style, for example, Contour Lines information. You can create your own map style OsmAnd to display required information.

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Use cases

Configurable & Custom Map styles are one of the main advantages of OsmAnd. Each user can customize the display of the map for himself and his hobbies, configure to show or hide certain map objects, sizes, and colors of these objects, change the scale on which to display certain objects.

Default Map styles

OsmAnd offers you numerous map styles and data layers to fit the purpose by default. Let's take a glance at the main ones for day and night modes:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Map rendering → Map style

iOS: Menu → Map → Styles for offline maps

OsmAnd

OsmAnd style is the default style of map rendering, general-purpose style. It offers details about the city such as streets, buildings, transport stops, etc. Simplified rendering to have cleaner maps in the populated cities. Key features: contour lines, routes, surface quality, access restrictions, road shields, paths rendering according to SAC scale, whitewater sports features.

OsmAnd map style

Touring view

Touring style with high contrast and maximum detail. Includes all options of the OsmAnd default style, while displaying as much detail as possible, in particular roads, paths, and other ways to travel. Clear "touring atlas" distinction between road types. Suitable for day, night, and outdoor use.

Touring view map style

UniRS and LightRS

Modification of the default style to increase contrast of pedestrian and bicycle roads. Uses legacy Mapnik colors. UniRS and LightRS styles are author styles that render the basic map information but in different color schemes.

UniRS style: Modification of the default style to increase contrast of pedestrian and bicycle roads. Uses legacy Mapnik colors.

UniRS map style

LightRS style: Simple driving style. Gentle night mode, contour lines, contrasting orange styled roads, dims secondary map objects.

LightRS map style

Nautical

For nautical navigation. Features buoys, lighthouses, riverways, sea lanes and marks, harbors, seamark services, and depth contours. Read more about Nautical maps.

Nautical map style

Winter and ski

For skiing. Features pistes, ski-lifts, cross country tracks, etc. Dims secondary map objects. Winter and ski style is designed to help you navigate winter sports locations: you'll be able to see ski pistes and other details such as the complexity of skiing tracks and ski lift markers. Key features: renders pistes, aerial ways, and other ski features in a convenient way. Less distracting secondary map objects. Read more about Ski maps.

Winter & Ski map style

Topo

For hiking, trekking, and nature cycling. Readable outdoors. Contrasting roads and natural objects, different route types, advanced contour line options, extra details. Adjusting "Surface integrity" distinguishes road quality. No night mode.

Topo map style

Mapnik

Old default 'Mapnik'-style. Similar colors to 'Mapnik'.

Mapnik map style

Desert

For deserts and other sparsely populated areas. More detailed.

Desert map style

Offroad

For off-road driving based on 'Topo' style and for use with green satellite images as an underlay. Reduced main road thickness, increased thickness of tracks, paths, bicycle and other routes.

Offroad map style

Snowmobile

For snowmobile driving with dedicated roads and tracks.

Snowmobile map style

Map legend

Map legend is a visual explanation of the symbols used on the map. It typically includes a sample of each symbol (point, line, or area), and a short description of what the symbol means. For example, a short segment of a blue sinuous line may be labeled 'rivers'. Map legend of OsmAnd maps you can find here.

Contour Lines

Contour lines are represented as vector maps that are displayed as elevation lines. You need to enable Contour lines Plugin, download the data for your region and configure the display. Feature is not enabled by default and need to be purchased first.

Contour lines are available for all map styles and modes and could be configured via Contour lines Menu.

Android: Menu → Configure map → Contour lines

iOS: Menu → Map → Contour lines

Contour lines map style

More information about Contour lines.

Configure Map Style

Map mode

During day and night, you need to use mode for the map. Map styles have night and day mode style. In this menu, you find the time of sunrise and sunset.

In order to change Day/night mode:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Map rendering → Map mode

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Map mode

Here you can choose:

ParameterDescription
Sunrise/sunsetAutomated day/night view switching.
DaySwitching on day mode only.
NightSwitching on night mode only.
Light sensorUsing light sensor for day/night mode.

Details

In Details menu you can show or hide the next additional map details:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Map rendering → Details

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Details

Parameter and Description
More details: Showing polygons, trails, points, signs at low zooms on the map. It means you can see more details on your map at low zooms. Note: rendering in your device may be no fast.
Map parameter - More detailed
Show road surface: Showing type of surface of roads. Color of the road helps you to understand what is surface of the road: asphalt, grass or sand and etc. Look at Map legend.
Map parameter - Road surface
Show road quality: Showing smoothness (grade) of the road. What smoothness is of your roads: good, bad or maybe horrible and etc: good, bad or maybe horrible and etc. Look at Map legend to find your road smoothness.
Map parameter - Road smoothness
Show access restrictions and toll: Showing access of roads: private or permissive, or only for emergency, or maybe toll road. Look at Map legend to find your road access.
Map parameter - Road access
Show Low Emission Zones: Showing green board and labels for Low Emission Zones in cities. It will help you not receive penalties in the green city center.
Map parameter - Low emission zones
Color-code buildings by type: Coloring buildings and places have special colors for each category: regular buildings, industrial, commercial, etc. Look at Map legend to find your color for the building.
Map parameter - Coloured buildings
Street lighting: Showing street lighting on the map. On the map, you can see illuminated and not illuminated street, underground illuminated way, temporarily illuminated street. Look at Map legend.
Map parameter - Street lightning
OSM mapper assistant:Special setting for mappers. Showed refs, remarks, comments on the map from other mappers.
Map parameter - Map assistant
Nautical depth contours: Showing nautical depth contours on seas. You need to have nautical plugin and download Nautical maps.
Map parameter - Depth contours

Routes

Sometimes when we use the application during your trip, you don't use navigation and you want to see special paths and symbols on the map. In OsmAnd we can highlight routes and hiking symbol overlay for your activities. It will very useful for your cycling, hiking, etc. In the table we show all parameters:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Map rendering → Routes

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Routes

Parameter and Description
Routes
Show cycle routes: Showing colored cycle routes, paths, and showing nodes network cycle routes. Look at Map legend.
Map routes - cycle routes
Show node network cycle routes: Highlighted cycle routes and showed nodes network cycle routes.
Map routes - cycle-node-networks
Show mountain bike trails: Showing colored MTB trails. Look at Map legend.
Map routes - mtb trails
Alpine hiking scale (SAC): Showing classified hiking trails in mountainous areas with regard to the difficulties to be expected by color.
Map routes - alpine hiking
Horse routes: Showing colored routes and symbols for riding horses.
Map routes - horse routes
Whitewater sports: Showing icons of access, dangerous areas, tourism of whitewater sports.
Map routes - whitewater sport
Hiking symbol overlay
Color by OSMC hiking symbol: Showing colored hiking trails and OSMC symbols on the map.
Map routes - hiking osmc
Color by network affiliation: Showing colored trails by type and OSMC symbols on the map.
Map routes - hiking network
Node networks: Showing Node networks on the map.
Map routes - hiking node networks

Transport

In navigation in cities, you need to see public transport in more contrast and stops. Of course, this setting shows train routes too.

You can click to public transport stop and choose one of a public transport route. You see all routes with stops.

In OsmAnd we can choose special rendering for these needed:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Show → Transport

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Transport

Parameter and Description
Transport stops: Showing public transport stops.
Map transport stops
Bus, trolleybus, shuttle routes: Showing bus, trolleybus, shuttle routes.
Map transport bus
Tram and train routes: Showing tram and train routes.
Map transport tram
Subway routes: Showing underground routes.
Map transport subway

Hide

Sometimes we need to hide objects on the map for better vision. For example to hide water during using Underlay layer of Satellite online maps. In order to hide some objects on the map you can choose them in this menu:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Map rendering → Hide

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Hide

ParameterDescription
BoundariesHide regional boundaries inside of countries, but state boundaries are visible.
PolygonsHide all polygons of natural objects, special function for Underlay/Overlay layer.
BuildingsHide all polygons of buildings.
Hide waterHide all polygons of water (seas, lakes, reservoirs and etc.)
House numbersHide house numbers on the map.
Proposed objectsHide proposed objects, that objects which planned for a building, but only have a project (projected roads, crossroads, buildings and etc.)
POI iconsHide POI icons from the map. But labels of these POI will be on the map.
POI labelsHide POI labels from the map. But icons of these POI will be on the map.
Underground objectsHide all underground objects, like tunnels, passes, floors, etc. Special for clearing map on cities from nonuseful objects.
Overground objectsHide all overground objects. Special for seeing only underground objects like tunnels, passed, etc.

Road style

Special settings for roads. When we change colors according to road Atlas or add high contrast of roads or bold outline for roads.

Parameter and Description
Default: Default style for highways. Look at Map legend.
Map road style default
German road atlas: Style of German road atlas.
Map road style german
American road atlas: Style of American road atlas.
Map road style american
High contrast roads: The high contrast of roads.
Map road style high contrast
Bold outline: Bold outline for roads.
Map road style bold outline

Text size

This setting helps to change the text size for names on the map:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Map rendering → Text size

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Text size

Example
100%
Map text size 100%
200%
Map text size 200%

Map magnifier

This setting helps to change magnifier of the map. It is applicable for raster & vector maps. For raster maps it applies a magnifying effect, so text labels look bigger or smaller. For vector maps it provides a more or less detailed map, if you put it to a low value it will produce a noisy / slow map. You can choose this setting by long-click to "+" or "-" button on the screen or:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Map rendering → Map magnifier

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Map magnifier

Example
75%
Map magnifier 75%
200%
Map magnifier 200%

Map Language

This setting allows using of any language for names on the map. If names don't have translation we can choose transliteration:

Android: Menu → Configure map → Map rendering → Map language

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Map Language

Example
Local names
Map language local names
Russian
Map language russian

Custom Map style (own map style)

If you have your own or 3rd party custom map style created according to Specification, you can install it on a device in the following ways.

  • Copy *.render.xml file on devices & Open with OsmAnd.
  • Rendering styles could be exported & imported via Standard import / export dialogs. So if you create an example '*.osf' package which will work as a plugin that could be shared with other people.
  • If you have access directly to the External Storage of OsmAnd (Android), you can simply copy it to rendering-styles folder. Read more about it in Storage specification.

After that, you could select your own map style in the menu.

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