The komoot map and route planner uses data from OpenStreetMap, among others. You can think of OpenStreetMap as a Wikipedia for maps. It is a map built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world. OpenStreetMap powers map data on thousands of web sites, mobile apps, and hardware devices. Everybody can contribute to OpenStreetMap and a lot of people benefit from your local knowledge.
How can I contribute to OpenStreetMap?
Before you can start editing the map you need to create an account on www.openstreetmap.org/user/new. Now you can go to www.openstreetmap.org, pan and zoom to the area that you wish to edit and hit the ‘Edit’ button on the top left. This will open the iD editor, a fast and easy-to-use editor for OpenStreetMap. The iD editor also offers a great walkthrough that will teach you the basics of editing on OpenStreetMap.
Hint: On www.komoot.com/plan use the key combination CTRL (Apple: CMD) + ALT + click on the map with your left mouse button. This will open the corresponding OpenStreetMap view in a new tab.
How can I add or change the surface, access or difficulty information?
Each way or street can have a number of attributes in OpenStreetMap, assigned using tags. For example, a path is tagged with ‘highway=path’. Additionally, you can add more helpful information, for example, tag a sandy surface (‘surface=sand’) with a mountain bike classification 1 (‘mtb:scale=1’), with legal access for pedestrians (‘foot=yes’), and with access to cyclists (‘bicycle=yes’).
To add or change this information, open the iD editor, zoom in and select the way or street. On the left side, you will see the list of existing tags. When you click on the ‘i’ icon next to the tag you will find more information about the tag. You can also add further tags. Once you are done hit the ‘Save’ button on the top right corner of the map.
Before you start editing please make yourself familiar with the OpenStreetMap tagging system. Below we linked some relevant features. You can also ask someone to review your edits when you save them.
- mtb:scale - the difficulty of trails for mountain biking
- How to tag cycleways
- sac_scale - the difficulty of hiking trails
- surface - information about the surface of ways and roads
- access values - describe the legal access for ways and roads
How can I add a missing way?
To add a new way to OpenStreetMap open the iD editor and click the ‘Line’ button on the toolbar above the map. Next, position the mouse cursor where the line should begin and left-click to begin placing nodes along the way. To finish a line, click again on the last node. Make sure the beginning end the end of the new way are connected to other ways (also see below) and tag them correctly (see above).
You can either use satellite imagery or a GPS trace to find where to put the new way. In the iD editor you can drag and drop the .gpx file on the browser window and then trace over it. Note that just uploading the GPS trace does not cause the road to appear on the map, it only shows you where to put it.
How can I connect ways?
Having ways and roads connected properly is important for route planning and providing navigation directions. In the iD editor connections between roads are drawn with gray circles. A larger white circle appears around the endpoints of a line if they don't connect to anything. To connect a line to another feature, drag one of the line's nodes onto the other feature until both features snap together and the circle turns gray.
How can I add a hotel, restaurant or other points?
To add a new point of interest to OpenStreetMap open the iD editor and click the ‘Point’ button on the toolbar above the map. Next, position the mouse cursor where the point should be placed and click. Select the feature type on the left side and add further details like name, address, opening hours or contact information. Once you are done hit the ‘Save’ button in the top right corner of the map.
How can I report a mistake or missing feature?
Spotted a mistake or something missing, but don't want to change it yourself? You can let other mappers know so they can fix it. To do this, go to https://www.openstreetmap.org/note/new. On the left, select the speech bubble icon to add a note, or the arrow to query a feature. In either case, a marker will appear. Move the marker to the correct position and type a note to explain the problem.
How long will it take until my changes are live?
Your changes go live on OpenStreetMap immediately after you hit the save button. There is no approval or moderation process so be careful with your changes.
Before you can see your changes within komoot we need to process the data. Timings are approximate but updates are usually available on the komoot route planner after a week, and after a month you will be able to see the changes and new points on our maps.