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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: Меню → Настройки карты → Отображение карты → Стиль карты

iOS: Menu → Map → Styles for offline maps


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

Туристический стиль с высоким контрастом и максимальной детализацией. Включает все функции стиля OsmAnd по умолчанию, отображая максимальное количество деталей, в частности дороги, тропы и другие пути передвижения. Чёткое различие между типами дорог (как в туристических атласах). Подходит для использования днём, ночью и при ярком освещении.

Touring view map style

UniRS and LightRS

Модификация стиля по умолчанию для увеличения контраста пешеходных и велосипедных дорог. Использует старые цвета Mapnik. UniRS and LightRS styles are author styles that render the basic map information but in different color schemes.

UniRS style: Модификация стиля по умолчанию для увеличения контраста пешеходных и велосипедных дорог. Использует старые цвета Mapnik.

UniRS map style

LightRS style: Простой стиль для вождения. Мягкий ночной режим, контурные линии, контрастные дороги в оранжевом стиле, тусклые второстепенные объекты карты.

LightRS map style


Для морской навигации. Выделяет буи, маяки, речные пути, морские пути и знаки, гавани, услуги для морских судов, контуры глубин. Read more about Nautical maps.

Nautical map style

Winter and ski

Для катания на лыжах. Выделяет горнолыжные трассы, подъёмники, трассы для беговых лыж и прочее. Меньше отвлекающих второстепенных объектов на карте. 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


Для пеших походов, трекинга и велопоездок на природе. Хорошо читается при сложном освещении. Контрастные дороги и природные объекты, различные типы маршрутов, контурные линии с расширенными настройками, дополнительные детали. Параметр «Дорожное покрытие» позволяет различать поверхность и качество дорог. Ночной режим отсутствует.

Topo map style


Старый стиль по умолчанию «Mapnik». Похожие цвета на «Mapnik».

Mapnik map style


Для пустынь и других малонаселённых районов. Более детально.

Desert map style


Для езды по бездорожью, основано на топографическом стиле (англ. «Topo»), можно использовать с зелёными спутниковыми снимками в качестве подложки. Уменьшенная толщина основных дорог, увеличенная толщина путей, дорожек, велосипедных и других маршрутов.

Offroad map style


Для езды на снегоходах по выделенным дорогам и трассам.

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.

Map Fonts (Android)

The spelling of local names in simplified / traditional chinese, japanese, korean languages (Map language) could be shown in erroneous hieroglyphs or even in squares. This happens when the device does not support the required fonts. Some issues with these incorrect fonts on our Github page: 3911, 8187, 9400, 10862. To do this, OsmAnd for Android has the ability to download the necessary fonts for download.

Download map fonts for simplified / traditional chinese, japanese, korean maps:

Android: Меню → Загрузка карт → Прочее → Шрифты карты

Map fonts Android version Map fonts version

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: Меню → Настройки карты → Линии высот

iOS: Menu → Configure 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 Дневной/ночной режим:

Android: Меню → Настройки карты → Отображение карты → Режим карты

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Map mode

Here you can choose:

Восход/закатAutomated day/night view switching.
ДеньSwitching on day mode only.
НочьSwitching on night mode only.
Датчик освещённостиUsing light sensor for day/night mode.


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

Android: Меню → Настройки карты → Отображение карты → Детали

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


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: Меню → Настройки карты → Отображение карты → Маршруты

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Routes

Parameter and Description
Веломаршруты: Showing colored cycle routes, paths, and showing nodes network cycle routes. Look at Map legend.
Map routes - cycle routes
Узловые сети велосипедных маршрутов: Highlighted cycle routes and showed nodes network cycle routes.
Map routes - cycle-node-networks
Трассы для горных велосипедов: Showing colored MTB trails. Look at Map legend.
Map routes - mtb trails
Пеший горный туризм по шкале (SAC): Showing classified hiking trails in mountainous areas with regard to the difficulties to be expected by color.
Map routes - alpine hiking
Конные маршруты: Showing colored routes and symbols for riding horses.
Map routes - horse routes
Спортивные сплавы: Showing icons of access, dangerous areas, tourism of whitewater sports.
Map routes - whitewater sport
Наложение туристических меток
Раскраска туристических меток по OSMC: Showing colored hiking trails and OSMC symbols on the map.
Map routes - hiking osmc
Раскраска по сетевой принадлежности: Showing colored trails by type and OSMC symbols on the map.
Map routes - hiking network
Узловые сети: Showing Node networks on the map.
Map routes - hiking node networks


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: Меню → Настройки карты → Показать → Транспорт

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Transport

Parameter and Description
Остановки транспорта: Showing public transport stops.
Map transport stops
Маршруты автобусов, троллейбусов и маршрутных такси: Showing bus, trolleybus, shuttle routes.
Map transport bus
Маршруты трамваев и поездов: Showing tram and train routes.
Map transport tram
Линии метро: Showing underground routes.
Map transport subway


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: Меню → Настройки карты → Отображение карты → Скрыть

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Hide

ГраницыHide regional boundaries inside of countries, but state boundaries are visible.
ПолигоныHide all polygons of natural objects, special function for Underlay/Overlay layer.
СтроенияHide all polygons of buildings.
Водные объектыHide all polygons of water (seas, lakes, reservoirs and etc.)
Номера домовHide house numbers on the map.
Планируемые объектыHide proposed objects, that objects which planned for a building, but only have a project (projected roads, crossroads, buildings and etc.)
Значки POIHide POI icons from the map. But labels of these POI will be on the map.
Названия POIHide POI labels from the map. But icons of these POI will be on the map.
Подземные объектыHide all underground objects, like tunnels, passes, floors, etc. Special for clearing map on cities from nonuseful objects.
Надземные объектыHide 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
По умолчанию: Default style for highways. Look at Map legend.
Map road style default
Атлас дорог Германии: Style of German road atlas.
Map road style german
Атлас дорог Америки: Style of American road atlas.
Map road style american
Высокий контраст: The high contrast of roads.
Map road style high contrast
Жирный контур: 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: Меню → Настройки карты → Отображение карты → Размер текста

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Text size

Map text size 100%
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: Меню → Настройки карты → Отображение карты → Масштаб

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Map magnifier

Map magnifier 75%
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: Меню → Настройки карты → Отображение карты → Язык карты

iOS: Menu → Map → Map style → Map Language

Local names
Map language local names
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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