Many times we want to download the building footprints from one area. One of the options is the layer from Open Street Maps. Even thought not all areas are covered/has many building footprints, but it can be one of the way to collect data from openly sourced data.
Here are the steps:
- Open OSM website
Check out this OSM website.
2. Type in the area/city in the left-top search box
3. There will be some options of the city name, choose one
4. Click Export
5. Choose the covered area
There will be suggested coverage of the boundary. If the area is too big, there will be notification that will hinder you from downloading. If that happens, please manually select a different smaller area. Click export
After the Export button is clicked, then the browser will automatically download the file in the .osm format
6. Open the .osm file format in QGIS
Click Layer → Add layer → Add Vector Layer → Choose the Source of Vector Dataset (map.osm) → Add Layers
Then check out the attributes to ensure whether the data fulfill your needs or not.
Another Way is using QuickOSM Plugin
- Install the QuickOSM Plugin on your QGIS
Click Plugins → Manage and Install Plugins → Search for QuickOSM → Install
2. Proceed with the query