Help BBBike extracts

BBBike extracts allows you to extracts areas from Planet.osm in OSM, PBF, o5m, Garmin, Navit,, Osmand, Esri shapefile, mapsforge, CSV or OPL format. The maximum area size is 24,000,000 square km, or 768MB file size. It takes between 2-7 minutes to extract an area. The e-mail field is required, you will be notified by e-mail if your extract is ready for download. Please us meaningfull name for the extract.

How to use the BBBike extract service:
  1. Move the map to your desired location.
  2. Then click to create the bounding box.
  3. Move or resize the bounding box, or add new points to the polygon.
  4. Select a Format, enter Your email address and Name of area to extract.
  5. Click the extract button. Wait for email notification and download the map. Done!
There are several YouTube tutorials available how to use the BBBike extract service.

Special features

Screenshots of maps applications:

Select an Area

Click a box to select an area. You can resize or move the bounding box by clicking on the box.
Choose resize or drag.

Want a polygon instead a box? First click a box on the map. Then choose add points to polygon. Click on the box on the map and add points. You can add as much points as you want, resize or move the polygon:

Here is an other example for a trip on the East Coast, from New York City to Boston. The data size of the polygon area is usually 1/2 or 1/3 of a rectangle:

YouTube tutorials

There are several YouTube tutorials available how to use the BBBike extract service:

Garmin OSM documentation

Please read the OSM wiki how to install the maps on your GPS device:

More Screenshots of Garmin styles

osmstandard OpenStreetMap style
cyclemap style similar to
leisuremap style from, for outdoor activities. The .img file is ~30% larger than the osm/cycle file
bbbikemap style from, for outdoor activities.
onroadA Garmin style for older devices with less space - usually 1/10 the size of Garmin OSM, see, for outdoor activities.
openfietslitemap style from, for outdoor activities.
opentopomap style from
oseammap style from, the free nautical chart

Routing is enabled for the Garmin maps. Depending on your device, it is possible to store more than one Garmin map (or with different styles) on your Garmin.

By default all generated Garmin maps from OpenStreetMap data will use the code page Unicode (UTF-8). However, some older devices don't support Unicode and some new devices have a broken DRM firmware ("can not unlock map"). In this special case please use the ASCII style. Garmin SRTM extracts use always the ASCII character set.

Osmand documentation

mapsforge documentation documentation

Note: Routing in this extract is not support yet! Sorry.

For iOS: you need to connect your device to your computer, start iTunes, select your device. In the left sidebar select Apps and scroll down to the the very end in iTunes until the section File Sharing appears. Select in the left side bar. Now you can add the *.mwm file on the right side, or just drop it here.

For Android: copy the *.mwm file to the MapsWithMe folder. Depending on your device setup, the folder can be on the system partion or on an SD card.

After installing the map, you have to restart the app to see the new map.

Navit documentation

Shapefile (Esri) documentation

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) documentation

Please note: large SVG files (>10MB) may slowdown or crash your browser or SVG viewer. Be carefully!

BBBike Perl/Tk documentation

  • File Size

    The file size depends on the format. The reference format is Protocolbuffer Binary Format (PBF). The estimated size factor is:

    OSM XML gzip'd2
    OSM XML bzip'd1.5
    OSM XML 7-zip1.6
    o5m gzip'd1.04
    o5m bzip'd0.88
    Navit zip'd0.8 zip'd0.85
    Shapefile (Esri)1.5
    Osmand (OBF)1.4
    Garmin Cycle0.8
    Garmin Leisure0.9
    Garmin OSM0.8
    Garmin BBBike0.8
    Garmin Onroad0.1
    Garmin OpenSeaMap0.8
    Garmin OpenTopoMap0.8
    SVG google1.68
    SVG hiking3.82
    SVG osm3.34
    SVG urbanight1.14
    SVG wireframe3.28
    BBBike Perl/Tk2.2

    Other extract services


    Checksum documentation: SHA-2 (sha256), MD5.

    To generate a SHA256 checksum, just run
    $ shasum -a 256 file.osm.pbf

    To generate a MD5 checksum, just run
    $ md5sum file.osm.pbf

    or depending on your OS
    $ md5 file.osm.pbf

    Supported Browsers

    Any modern browser which conforms to the W3C standards:
    • Firefox 4.x or later
    • WebKit based browsers: Safari 5.x, Google Chrome, mobile Safari (iOS)
    • Opera 9, 10
    • IE8 or later

    JavaScript is required for Google/OpenStreetMap map features or the street name suggestion service. Cookies are optional to save your preferences.

    Not supported browsers: IE6, IE7


    1. Valid values for longitude are -180 .. 180, and for latitude -90 .. 90.
    2. The e-mail field is required, you will be notified by e-mail if your extract is ready for download. Don't have a working e-mail, or cannot access your e-mail now (internet cafe)? - then please use nobody as e-mail address.
    3. Please us meaningfull name for the extract, to find it later on your inbox or computer
    4. Didn't get an email in a reasonable time? Please check your SPAM folder first. You can see the status of your extract requests here.
    5. The extract system runs in a shared batch mode. If there are too many request, it may take longer to process your requests. Be patient!
    6. The extracts don't contain metadata as version number, author, timestamp etc. If you need to edit OSM data, please go to the web site.
    7. The planet.osm database will be updated every week. For details look at the BBBike planet.osm mirror.

    Extract Pro, Commercial Support and daily data updates

    The extract pro service offers extracts with full meta data and a daily update of the database (0:00 UTC). Due the higher system load, we cannot offer this service for free.

    The Extract Pro service starts at 99 Euro/month, depending on the number of extracts, bandwidth usage and support level. Feel free to contact us if you want use the extract pro service.

    Terms of Service

    Map data (©) contributors.

    Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), by NASA, public domain.

    The BBBike extract service is free of charge, for general use of end-users. There are no warranties, use it at your own risk. A fair usage policy applies. If you want use the service commercially, you may consider to use the Extract Pro service.

    We accecpt donations! ;-) You can support us via PayPal or bank wire transfer