Poor Maps

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Poor Maps is in minimal maintenance mode. Please try the successor WhoGo Maps, which is under active development and should be better for most users.

Poor Maps is an application for Sailfish OS to display tiled maps (e.g. OpenStreetMap), places and routes with a flexible selection of data and service providers.

Offline maps, search and routing is possible with OSM Scout Server. Poor Maps will list OSM Scout Server among the providers if you have it installed. For it work, you'll also need to have the server running and a map database on your device. See the OSM Scout Server documentation for details.

Voice navigation requires that you manually install a text-to-speech (TTS) engine – Mimic, Flite, PicoTTS and Espeak are supported, Their quality is about in that order, with Mimic being best and Espeak being worst, but their language and gender coverage varies.

Source code and issue tracker are available at GitHub. Translations at Transifex. Discussion at TMO.

Donations appreciated: paypal.me/otsaloma

Application versions: 
File harbour-poor-maps-0.32-1.noarch.rpm433.88 KB26/08/2017 - 18:44
File harbour-poor-maps-0.33-1.noarch.rpm433.57 KB26/09/2017 - 22:46
File harbour-poor-maps-0.34-1.noarch.rpm451.18 KB24/12/2017 - 04:37
File harbour-poor-maps-0.34.1-1.noarch.rpm456.11 KB06/01/2018 - 22:08
File harbour-poor-maps-0.34.2-1.noarch.rpm463.68 KB18/02/2018 - 20:47
File harbour-poor-maps-0.34.3-1.noarch.rpm462.25 KB02/04/2018 - 19:08


Jordi's picture

Congrats for your app, it has become great!

Do you plan to add a track recording at some point?

otsaloma's picture

Maybe, but probably not. Track recording is kind of niche feature that probably better belongs in a separate application tailored for that use. There's always a cost in adding features, in mobile applications it's mostly about the UI complexity.

saberaltria's picture

Hello, is it possible to make offline map function ?

otsaloma's picture


Our tile providers don't allow mass downloads of tiles. Offline geocoding and routing are difficult. What little can reasonably be done has been done: tiles are never deleted nor redownloaded and POIs and routes are saved across sessions.


If useful, I could make a don't-download-anything mode that would just refuse to download tiles and refuse to make geocoding, routing, etc. requests. You'd be left with whatever is cached. That should ensure minimal data traffic, but not necessarily zero as the positioning probably causes some data traffic.

silverhook's picture

Since when doesn't OSM allow downloading of maps/tiles?

otsaloma's picture

Since when? I don't know. The wording is not exactly definitive, but they do block user agents all the time and I want to avoid that.

"OpenStreetMap data is free for everyone to use. Our tile servers are not."

"Bulk downloading is strongly discouraged."


Strictly speaking, we don't have permission to use OSM tiles at all. Using OSM tiles in an application requires prior permission. I have asked for permission, but received no response.

silverhook's picture

I just checked on their IRC channel and they say that instead you should use the data on: http://planet.openstreetmap.org/

Or if it’s really tiles you need, maybe at least those from MapQuest Open: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/MapQuest#MapQuest-hosted_map_tiles

otsaloma's picture

Yes, they are correct on the IRC channel, but I don't have the resources to implement a system to render OSM vector data on the resources of a mobile device. Neither do I have the resources to run my own tile server. Both are of course technically doable, but I don't see myself doing either of those. If someone comes up with a vector map rendering solution usable from QML on SFOS, I'll consider using it.

If we're still talking about offline maps, I'm quite sure MapQuest Open doesn't allow bulk downloading either. I tried to find a link to their terms, but I can't even find any mention of tiles at their new website.

saberaltria's picture

This map is useful ! especially the local map show more details compared to Here Map. Thank you so much for making this great app !

vasvras's picture

I'd love to see Maanmittauslaitos/National Land Survey of Finland maps included. Though ofc that would be against the name of the app.

otsaloma's picture

The only available free of charge, web mercator (instead of KKJ3 or TM35), tile server (instead of WMS) I'm aware of is at kartat.kapsi.fi. That you can have, no problem: https://gist.github.com/otsaloma/10586309

The tiles at kartat.kapsi.fi really are poor, they are reprojected and the zoom levels are a bit weird. Compare, e.g. kartat.kapsi.fi and retkikartta.fi.