OSM Scout Server

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OSM Scout Server is a native offline maps provider. This server can be used as a drop-in replacement for online map services providing map tiles, search, and routing. As a result, together with the map client, a full offline solution is available for map search and navigation (car, bicycle, and walking).

The server can be used to provide:

  • map tiles for other applications;
  • search for locations and free text search;
  • search for POIs next to a reference;
  • calculate the route between two or more locations.

To use the server, you have to start it and configure the client to access it. Poor Maps and modRana have support for the server already with no additional configuration needed.

NB! Updates are currently posted at Chum repositories only.


Specific update instructions:

1.15.0 Valhalla database format has been updated. Please update maps after installation.

1.14.3 I suggest to uninstall old version of the server, check if anything stayed in /usr/share/harbour-osmscout-server and if that folder is there and/or not empty, remove it using devel-su. After that, install a new version (1.14.3 and up).

NB! When Mapbox GL schema is changed (as for 1.4.0), please remove Mapbox GL application caches.

NB! When a new backend is added, such as with the release of 0.9.0 and 0.10.0, please ensure that you have subscription information updated. For that, in Map Manager, click on "Check for updates", decline updates, and unsubscribe/subscribe each territory that you have subscribed. After that, proceed with the downloads. This is not needed if you don't want to use the added backend(s).

For detailed up-to-date description, please see https://github.com/rinigus/osmscout-server/blob/master/README.md

License: GPL
Source code: https://github.com/rinigus/osmscout-server

User's guide: https://rinigus.github.io/osmscout-server

Official TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=97823

Donations: https://rinigus.github.io/donate

Screenshots show the running server and, as an example client application, Poor Maps accessing the map tiles and calculated route prior to navigation.

Maps are hosted by Natural Language Processing Centre (https://nlp.fi.muni.cz/en/ , Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic) through modRana (http://modrana.org)
data repository.

Map data from OpenStreetMap, Open Database License 1.0. Maps are converted to a suitable format from downloaded extracts and/or using polygons as provided by Geofabrik GmbH.

Application versions: 
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.13.1-1.107.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm11.67 MB01/02/2019 - 00:01
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.13.1-1.107.1.jolla_.i486.rpm12.65 MB01/02/2019 - 00:01
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.14.5-1.116.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm5.82 MB23/05/2019 - 08:04
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.14.5-1.116.1.jolla_.i486.rpm6.61 MB23/05/2019 - 08:04
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.0-1.119.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.17 MB22/09/2019 - 08:29
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.0-1.119.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.01 MB22/09/2019 - 08:29
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.5-1.120.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.18 MB29/10/2019 - 23:45
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.5-1.120.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.01 MB29/10/2019 - 23:45
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.6-1.125.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.68 MB30/11/2019 - 16:09
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.6-1.125.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.58 MB30/11/2019 - 16:09
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.16.0-1.127.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.65 MB23/01/2020 - 19:32
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.16.0-1.127.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.72 MB23/01/2020 - 19:32
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.16.1-1.129.1.jolla_.i486.rpm8.25 MB07/05/2020 - 20:39
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.16.1-1.129.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.97 MB07/05/2020 - 20:39
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.17.0-1.132.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.97 MB25/07/2020 - 19:39
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.17.0-1.132.1.jolla_.i486.rpm8.25 MB25/07/2020 - 19:39
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.17.1-1.135.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm7.14 MB20/11/2020 - 22:18
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.17.1-1.135.2.jolla_.i486.rpm8.43 MB23/11/2020 - 22:23
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.0-1.137.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.97 MB29/03/2021 - 22:50
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.0-1.137.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.78 MB29/03/2021 - 22:50
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.1-1.aarch64.rpm6.93 MB16/04/2021 - 21:28
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.2-1.aarch64.rpm6.93 MB16/05/2021 - 21:49
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm6.79 MB16/05/2021 - 21:49
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.2-1.i486.rpm7.99 MB17/05/2021 - 17:43
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.1.0-1.4.1.jolla_.i486.rpm8.31 MB28/10/2021 - 19:13
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.1.0-1.4.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm8.81 MB28/10/2021 - 19:13
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.1.0-1.4.1.jolla_.aarch64.rpm8.37 MB28/10/2021 - 19:13
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.1.1-1.3.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm8.81 MB29/10/2021 - 18:57
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.1.1-1.3.1.jolla_.aarch64.rpm8.38 MB29/10/2021 - 18:57
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.1.1-1.3.1.jolla_.i486.rpm8.32 MB29/10/2021 - 18:57


itoss's picture
bouillon's picture

1.13.1 -  version seems not work on Sailfish

On my sailfish device sony 10 ii i get

Initializing and waiting for connection with server

Error starting server used path:/usr/bin/habour-osmscout-server 

Any ideas now to fix it?

I seems new version is out 1.13.2 - but how to try it without compilation. Any plane to update it here?

rinigus's picture

You can use Chum to get the latest version. See text in BOLD regarding it in the description of the package at OpenRepos. Assuming that OBS would be kept afloat, I am preferring to distribute via Chum.

bouillon's picture

Thanks you, this seems to work now. It's a little bit hard to find out what is Chum and how to use it. It may stop users from using it.

chris1969's picture

Right. It works after having added Sandboxing=Disabled

rinigus's picture

Please install from Chum - OSM Scout Server was updated there to the version 2.1.2 which has the fix.

ade's picture

Please consider removing apps that you no longer upload to openrepos. At least it will prevent some confusion and questions.

rinigus's picture

I will consider it bit later, after we learn about OBS future from Jolla.

chris1969's picture

Same as TMavica

chris1969's picture

Osm scout server doesn't start at all on Sfos Output: failed to start HTTP server

TMavica's picture

I got fail to connect HTTP server. Used path /usr/bin/harbour-osmcount-server

rinigus's picture

Please specify which connection do you talk about. From map client to OSM Scout Server or OSM Scout Server to maps distribution server? Please describe steps to reproduce your issue

ade's picture

It is SailJail related. Disabling SailJail in /usr/share/applications/harbour-osmscout-server-gui.desktop helps.

delocoyo's picture

Is it sendjng or using something to or from Google?

Seven_of_nine's picture

Wonderful program!

Thank you so much!

linuxsquad's picture


Prior to updating to Sailfish 4.1 (build, I had to remove OSM Scout server. Well... Then after the upgrade, I am trying to install OSM Scout server back but keep getting this error message:

Fatal error: nothing provides libicui18n.so.66 needed by harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.0-1.137.1.jolla.armv7hl

huggymann's picture

I downloaded the rpm directly on openrepos.net and installed it after getting the error

linuxsquad's picture

What version did you install?

huggymann's picture

It is 2.0.2-1 armv7hl

linuxsquad's picture

Thanks, worked for me as well.

Xeno_PL's picture

RPM rebuild for SailfishOS 4.1 is gonna be needed due to libicui18n.so update

huggymann's picture

I am a little confused. I am using sailfish os 3.0.24
Is it possible to use osm server? After the update it was removed and i am not able to install anymore.
If possible , could you explain for dummies like me?
By the way. I really like the app, thats why i am desperately trying to get it back on my device :)

rinigus's picture

As it has been explained by me several times already here, at Pure Maps page, and probably at TMO, maybe someone else can step in and explain the issue with OBS and 3.4.0? feels like constantly repeating myself ... 

huggymann's picture

Hello rinigus.
I saw a lot of comments with different stements. Some say its not working. Others have workarounds etc.
I checked your description of the app first, for a statement.
If there was a message" for sailfish user with V => 3.4 to wait for an Update" , it would have been very clear to me. Might make sense to add that?
Please apologize if i was annoying you. I really appreachiate your work!

rinigus's picture

That's a good idea, I should add it. Don't worry about annoying - it is a situation that is annoying, not you. We just have to wait when the new target at OBS will be available. It sounds like there are some technical issues with it.

cnlpete's picture

I noticed, that you enabled the new 3.4 target for the arm build. DO you plan on updating the tablet build too?

rinigus's picture

i486 build has been just updated. I was waiting when OBS :latest will point to 3.4.0 for i486 - as it is usually. Today the switch happened and the attached build was compiled.

konstan's picture

Same here :(

Bramba's picture

Dear Rinigus,

since yesterdays map updates I receive the following errors:

rinigus's picture

you have to ensure you are using the latest version of osm scout server