OSMnx documentation

OSMnx: retrieve, construct, analyze, and visualize street networks from OpenStreetMap. OSMnx is a Python package that lets you download spatial geometries and construct, project, visualize, and analyze street networks from OpenStreetMap’s APIs. Users can download and construct walkable, drivable, or bikable urban networks with a single line of Python code, and then easily analyze and visualize them.

Citation info

Boeing, G. 2017. “OSMnx: New Methods for Acquiring, Constructing, Analyzing, and Visualizing Complex Street Networks.” Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 65, 126-139. doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2017.05.004


OSMnx is built on top of geopandas, networkx, and matplotlib and works with OpenStreetMap’s APIs to:

  • Download street networks anywhere in the world with a single line of code
  • Download other infrastructure network types, place polygons, building footprints, and points of interest
  • Download by city name, polygon, bounding box, or point/address + network distance
  • Download drivable, walkable, bikeable, or all street networks
  • Load street network from a local .osm file
  • Visualize street network as a static image or leaflet web map
  • Simplify and correct the network’s topology to clean and consolidate intersections
  • Save networks to disk as shapefiles or GraphML
  • Conduct topological and spatial analyses to automatically calculate dozens of indicators
  • Calculate and plot shortest-path routes as a static image or leaflet web map
  • Plot figure-ground diagrams of street networks and/or building footprints
  • Download node elevations and calculate edge grades
  • Visualize travel distance and travel time with isoline and isochrone maps
  • Calculate and visualize street bearings and orientations

Examples and demonstrations of these features are in the GitHub repo (see below). More feature development details are in the change log.


Install OSMnx with conda (easiest):

conda install -c conda-forge osmnx

or with pip:

pip install osmnx

If you have any trouble with the installation, try installing OSMnx in a new, clean virtual environment using conda and conda-forge:

conda create --override-channels -c conda-forge -n OSMNX python=3 osmnx
source activate OSMNX


For examples and demos, see the examples GitHub repo.


If you’ve discovered a bug in OSMnx, please open an issue at the OSMnx GitHub repo documenting what is broken in the package. Alternatively, if you have a usage question, please ask it on StackOverflow.


The project is licensed under the MIT license.

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