Share Locations with OpenStreetMap

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Oct 31, 2013 GMT
Dmitri Popov

OpenStreetMap can come in handy not only for looking up specific locations on a map, but also for sharing them with others. However, it might not be immediately obvious how to do this. Start with locating the desired place on the map. You don't need the exact address: an approximate area will do just fine. Press the Share button in the overlay toolbar to toggle the dedicated sidebar containing the sharing tools. Tick the Include marker check box. Drag then the displayed marker to the exact position on the map, if necessary. Select then the desired sharing option: you can choose between Link (full URL of the shared map), Short link (shortened URL suitable for use in emails), and HTML (code for embedding the map into a web page).

In addition to generating a link and HTML code, OpenStreetMap also gives you the ability to download the map in different formats using the Download button. This feature supports the PNG, JPEG, SVG, and PDF formats. Moreover, you can specify custom dimensions instead of grabbing the entire visible area of the map.

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