OSM Scout

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OSM Scout for Sailfish is map viewer with search and navigation, fully functional without internet connection.

You can choose one from multiple map styles: standard, outdoor, public transport or winter sports. All with the same database that can be downloaded (per state) directly from the application for offline usage. Data on the server covers whole planet and are updated monthly from OpenStreetMap data. You can generate your own extract eventually, all tools are open-source and OpenStreetMap data are free!

For better outdoor experience, databases (almost all) contains elevation contours and hillshade overlay (online) can be displayed. For areas not covered by offline data are used online maps provided by OpenStreetMap or Stamen Design. But search and navigation works only with offline data.

Your favourite places (waypoints) can be stored to collections and exported to GPX files later. It is even possible to import tracks and waypoints from GPX files, display it on map or show simple statistics.

OSM Scout for Sailfish OS is developed as open-source (GitHub) by volunteers in their free time. You can help to improve this application by reporting bugs, creating translations or developing new features. Any help is welcome.

Application versions: 
File harbour-osmscout-2.29-1.armv7hl.rpm2.11 MB25/04/2023 - 09:10
File harbour-osmscout-2.29-1.aarch64.rpm2.19 MB25/04/2023 - 09:10
File harbour-osmscout-2.29-1.i486.rpm2.37 MB25/04/2023 - 09:10
File harbour-osmscout-2.30-1.i486.rpm2.38 MB31/05/2023 - 09:43
File harbour-osmscout-2.30-1.armv7hl.rpm2.12 MB31/05/2023 - 09:43
File harbour-osmscout-2.30-1.aarch64.rpm2.2 MB31/05/2023 - 09:43
* 2023-05-31 Lukáš Karas  2.30
- update translations (German)
- fix search of generic phrases, like "Billa" in Germany - up to 2k entries is loaded from database, search model expose 100 nearest
- show opening hours in search result detail
- better error handling in opening hours parsing
- fix rendering when map is rotated (during navigation), 2.29 regression
- briefer navigation voice instruction just before turn
- fix collection edit dialog

Full changelog on Github


danfin's picture

any plans on adding GPX display or even Navigation along GPX Tracks? Would be a great feature.

Karry's picture

Yes, I am planning track recording / displaying with GPX export and import. But I am not able to promisse when it will be finished... I am working on bookmarks right now and should be included in next release (next month?) and GPX maybe later this year...

Merge requests are welcome ;-)

Navigation with gpx is not on my (short-term) todo list now, I want to make standard navigation usable first (with route from router).

Jordi's picture

I hope that track recording is still planned at some stage!

Karry's picture

Definitely! Track recording is my priority now.

Jordi's picture

Excellent news!

danfin's picture

great news - thank you.

Caballlero's picture

1+ same issue.

Mrkvicka's picture

It appears as if routing broke for me on latest update (0.32-1). Each time I try to route it gives me "Can't open routing service in X seconds, Tap to cancel" (where X count down from 9 seconds), then the it simply cancels the routing. I have tried to reinstall it with no change. I run on SailfishX with English language.

Karry's picture

Hi. Please try to update all your offline maps (databases). Router file format was changed month ago (version 0.30-1) and I don't implement backward compatibility fallback (for router). You should use all databases in format 17.

Please let me know when the problem will remain.

Mrkvicka's picture

That did indeed solve the problem, thnx!

I was planning to complain that there were no clear info about it in the change log, but as I re-read the log I saw that there indeed was quite clear info about it. Then I recalled that I, at that time I updated, had forgotten that I had downloaded any maps and dismissed the information as 'does not apply to me, I use online maps only'; not my brightest moment...
Funny thing is that the router worked for me during both v0.30 and v0.31, it wasn't until now that it broke.

Again, my bad and thank you for the help!

Pelzlurch's picture

Thanx a lot for last update! While i use poor maps and osm scout server for navigating on street. OSM Scout is still the best choice for beeing offroad. Is there any possibility to donate you some beers?

Karry's picture

You are wellcome :-) I know, navigation is in proof-of-concept quality. I hope that I (or someone else) will find few days to improve it in future...

I don't refuse good beer in current hot days ;-) I prefer paypal.me for donations: https://www.paypal.me/OSMScoutForSailfish

Karry's picture

Hi all. I found two big regresions in latest release 0.30 (search and location reverse lookup). Be aware of that , I will try to release fix soon...

VanyCat's picture

hello, contact me I want to suggest a new icon for you!

Karry's picture

Why not, thanks. Send me it to email <lukas.karas@centrum.cz>. I will see I will like it ;-)

OpenDen's picture

How make bookmarks?

Karry's picture

Well, support for bookmarks is not implemented yet, I just created placeholder for it in main menu. Merge requests with new new features are welcome :-)

lutwolf's picture

Is it possible to route the maps source path to directories on the SD card? As a keen traveller I am grateful that both of you can supply us with a nice OSM frontend, but I do not want to take up all the space on the internal server just because of travelling through three or more countries at a time. Keep up the good work, pls :)

Karry's picture

Yes, it is possible. When you are downloading new map, there is option when it should be stored - in internal memory or sd card...

map download target directory

PawelSpoon's picture

Just wanted to continue to translate then i remembered... Would you mind to host your strings in transifex, zanata or pootle ? Thanks !

Karry's picture

Lets try how this will work for this project: https://www.transifex.com/osm-scout/osm-scout/translate/ I will have to write some scripts to update translations in git easily...

akikk88's picture

If i compare to jolla c sailfish x lags almost everythink in this app. I think it's not optimize 1080p display?? :D still works fine! :)

Almindor's picture

You need to report this to Jolla (the company). Their port on Sony Xperia X is not complete. They're lacking proper video acceleration among other things.

akikk88's picture

It's little bit laggy with sailfish x. Coming updates that? :)

Karry's picture


What is laggy concrete? Rendering, or map moving when you drag it by finger? How much? Are you able to compare with other Sailfish devices (Jolla 1 or Jolla C) ?

Peformance is not my priority right now, but I understand that laggy application may be frustrating.


danfin's picture

is there any relation between OSM Scout and OSM Server, or do they only happen to display OSM maps but they will not work together especially well? (as OSM Scout seems to have it's own maps repository)

Karry's picture

Hi. Project "OSM Scout Server" developed by Rinigus is using libosmscout as one possible database storage and map renderer (second combination is sqlite+Mapnik if I understand). My OSM Scout is based mainly on this library. When libosmscout backend is used in the server, it should be possible to share map databases between both applications, but we don't guarantee it ;-) We are changing database format in upstream library time by time and it would be hard to sync compatible releases. These are the reasons why we have separate servers for map distribution (I don't need to distribute sqlite databases for Mapnik and geocoder).

I am trying to make OSM Scout powerful, but simple for daily use. Server seems to me more hacker oriented - but I am not impartial :-)

atlochowski's picture

I really like improvments you've made in 0.24 version. Searching is really fast now :)

Karry's picture

Great to read it :-) Kudos for speedup belongs to Tim, main libosmscout developer.

Caballlero's picture

Routing it is fast. Routing lane UI is nice.
Thank u very much.