1. Download data and software
The instructions are fairly generic, so should work for both Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. I wrote them for Windows, but I’ve since then switched to Mac OS X.
I assume that you do not already have Postgres/PostGIS installed on your system.
Download PostgreSQL+PostGIS for all platforms here: http://www.postgresql.org/download/
Follow the instructions provided to install the database software.
Download OpenStreetMap data (.osm file):
I chose europe -> denmark.
Download the version for your platform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X etc):
2. Create and prepare database
If you add the PostgreSQL bin folder to your path, you’ll have access to commands like createuser and createdb in your shell.
Create a user (after running command, answer ‘y’ to superuser):
createuser -U postgres <enter your username, I entered kostas>
Create the database (should be called ‘gis’):
createdb -U postgres -E UTF8 -O kostas gis
Install language plpgsql (on my system this was already installed):
createlang -U postgres plpgsql gis
Add PostGIS functionality to database (you should get pages of output as functions etc are created):
psql -U postgres -d gis -f PATH_TO_POSTGRES/share/contrib/postgis-1.5/postgis.sql
Download the file 900913.sql. The following will add spherical mercator projection to the database:
psql -U postgres -d gis -f PATH_TO_FILE/900913.sql
3. Add OSM data to database
Change directory to where you unzipped osm2pgsql:
Import OSM data:
osm2pgsql -U postgres -s -S ./default.style PATH_TO_OSM_FILE/denmark.osm
Options for osm2pgsql:
- -U postgres
Run program with the PostgreSQL admin user
Run in “slim” mode, which means running the program not in RAM, which is necessary on my system
- -S ./default.style
On windows (maybe also Linux and other OS) you must specify path to style file. Use default which comes with osm2pgsql.
That’s it! You now have a database full of street data.
4. Testing the database
This is where I live:
select name, astext(way) from planet_osm_line where name='Anders Henriksens Gade'
Which gives the name of the road plus a WKT representation of the geometry:
Anders Henriksens Gade LINESTRING(1402528.63 7491973.55,1402602.4 7491829.85)
It works, but tables are created in the ‘public’ schema of the ‘gis’ database. This is not so nice. I’d prefer that tables were created e.g. in ‘osm’ schema. When I’ve looked into how this is done, I’ll update this post.
I’d like to write a howto that uses Osmosis to continuously update the local OSM data with diffs from OSM.