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  • From: Pierre Béland <>
  • To: "" <>, <>
  • Subject: Re: [overpass] PBF output - prototype available for testing
  • Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:51:02 +0000 (UTC)

Great mmd

For Humanitarian OSM Responses, we often have to extract a lot of data either to validate, product extracts or build statistics. Compression of the data should greatly help, especially for teams in the field with limited internet access.

I tested extracting highways for south-west of Haiti. I then succeeded to import in QGIS.

One great option would be to have a file name field. It could be something like
[out:pbf="filename-xxx.pbf"].  It is not easy to indentify + determine extension of files named interpreter in directory file list.
Great thanks to the Overpass team for such constant improvements.

De : mmd <>
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Envoyé le : lundi 17 octobre 2016 12h59
Objet : [overpass] PBF output - prototype available for testing


PBF is well known for its compactness and better efficiency. No wonder
it is also on the roadmap for the official API's map call (see [1].
That's reason enough to evaluate how PBF could also be integrated into
Overpass API.

Thanks to libosmium and Jochen's great support, I'm happy to present a
first (incomplete) prototype:

Be sure to click on Export -> raw data directly from Overpass API to
avoid garbled output in overpass turbo.

When trying your own examples, be sure to always use `out meta;`, all
other modes are not implemented in this prototype.

I tested pbf output for areas of roughly 300km by 300km, yielding about
500MB in PBF file size. (in turbo use: Load -> Examples -> Map Call)

Along with PBF, libosmium also provides additional output formats like
OPL (a text based representation), which is useful for command line
tooling. We get this format basically for free:

Note: This feature is available for testing on the following endpoint



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