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The popup window is split into two tabs: Overview and Details.

By default the following properties will be shown in the Overview tab:

  • Symbol, name=* or old_name=*

Symbol description resulting from all attributes including:

  • ruins=* - Ruin
  • heritage=* - preserved
  • abandoned=yes - abandoned
  • disused=yes - disused
  • Geographical corrdinates in World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS 84), shown in decimal grades. For Area und Relation the coordinate centre of gravity will be calculated.
  • for way length is shown in m or km.
  • for area and relation the calculated area is displayed in m², km² or ha.
OSM Key Description
start_date=* Construction year
end_date demolition year
old_name=* Historical name
inscription=* Inscription
description=* Description
memorial:text=* same as attribute inscription=* Inscription.
website=* Web links
heritage:website=* Web links
wikipedia=LC:LEMMA Wikipedia links
wikidata=* Wikidata links, Reasonator, SQID
wikimedia_commons=* Link zu Wikimedia Commons Category
ref:whc=* Link to World Heritage List
ref:*=* Link to various monument protection sites
Example: ref:he=1010663

The Detail view lists all other attributes of the object as well as:

  • Objekt-ID - the prefix character is chosen symbolically for n (node), w (way) and r (relation).
  • Edit Button for JOSM or iD

The popup window may be closed with the Esc key.

Thumbnail preview image

A thumbnail preview image can be displayed in the popup window.
Clicking on the thumbnail will open the full sized image in a separate browser window or tab.
The image is chosen from one of the links image=*.
If there's no appropriate image available a placeholder will be shown with the hint „Do you want a photo? Get involved!“.

 Do you want a photo? Get involved.

Specify an image=* source

The image=* tag can be used with all OSM objects. Images from Wikimedia Commons are preferred because of their high availability and their (mostly) open licence. There are already images for a lot of objects. There are several ways to find an existing image:

  1. Map: Geo-referenced images can be shown on an OSM map: WikiShootMe.
  2. Wikipedia article: If there's a Wikipedia article, its images can be used. Often one can find the corresponding Wikimedia Commons category following the „See also“ link - there may be more images.
  3. Categories: All Wikimedia Commons Images are categorized. Here's an explanation: Commons:Categories

If you don't succeed finding a suitable image at Wikimedia Commons, you may upload one by yourself. Please remember that you're only allowed to upload images for which you hold the copyright. An online help is shown here: Uploading_files .

Specify a Wikimedia-Commons image URL in image=*:

Links should point to the file description page rather than to the jpg file itself. In the example Semperoper, Dresden the attribute should be given as follows:


The file description page enables the viewer to see also image meta information, licences, available sizes and so on. This is considered fair use regarding to the copyright owner.

Other image sources:

There's a option on Openstreetmap to use image URL's to third party web pages.

Please be aware that these images might have individual licences and that these images might be available for an unknown period only.

The complete image URL is needed in image=* for third party images. No image preview is provided for other image sources, but a replacement image with a clickable link to the image website:

en/popup.txt · Zuletzt geändert: 2023/02/04 18:18 von lutz