OSM Buildings

OSM Buildings is a JavaScript library for visualizing OpenStreetMap building geometry on 2D and 3D maps.


The library version in this repository is a WebGL only variant of OSM Buildings. At some point it will fully integrate the Classic 2.5D version.

For the latest information about the project follow us on Twitter, read our blog, or just mail us at mail@osmbuildings.org.

Not sure which version to use?

Classic 2.5D

Source: https://github.com/kekscom/osmbuildings

Best for:

  • great device compatibility
  • good performance on older hardware
  • shadow simulation
  • full integration with Leaflet or OpenLayers 2

Modern 3D

Best for:

  • great performance on modern graphics hardware
  • huge amounts of objects
  • combining various data sources

This version uses GLMap for any events and layers logic.


Runs likely on earlier versons than listed below, but this is our baseline for tests.

  • Win7: latest Chrome (MSIE11 not running, Firefox TBD)
  • Win10: TBD
  • OSX: latest Crome, Safari, Firefox
  • Linux: TBD
  • Android 5.0
  • iOS 9.3

Get the files

Checking in built versions causes a lot of trouble during development. So we decided to use the Github release system instead.

Just pick the latest version from here: https://github.com/OSMBuildings/OSMBuildings/releases


All geo coordinates are in EPSG:4326.

Quick integration

Link all required libraries in your HTML head section. Files are provided in folder /dist.

  <link rel="stylesheet" href="OSMBuildings/OSMBuildings.css">
  <script src="OSMBuildings/OSMBuildings.js"></script>

  <div id="map"></div>

In a script section initialize OSM Buildings and add it to a DOM container.

  var osmb = new OSMBuildings({
    position: { latitude:52.52000, longitude:13.41000 },
    zoom: 16,
    minZoom: 15,
    maxZoom: 22


      attribution: '© Data <a href="http://openstreetmap.org/copyright/">OpenStreetMap</a> · © Map <a href="http://mapbox.com">Mapbox</a>'


OSM Buildings server

There is also documentation of OSM Buildings Server side. See https://github.com/OSMBuildings/OSMBuildings/blob/master/docs/server.md


Please note: We are a very small team with little time for the project and limited funds. You could help us a lot in advancing the project with spreading the word, donations, code contributions and testing. We are happy to receive pull requests and issues

Development environment

Here's how to get your development environment set up:

  1. Clone the repo (git clone git@github.com:OSMBuildings/OSMBuildings.git)
  2. Install dependencies with npm install
  3. After making changes, you can try them out by running grunt release, which will output a dist/OSMBuildings/OSMBuildings.debug.js file that you can include like normal