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show OSM file


osmium show [Options] OSM-FILE


Show the contents of the OSM-FILE on STDOUT, usually in a pager. The output format can be set using the output-format/-f option, its shortcuts -d (debug format with colors), -o (OPL), or -x (XML), or the OSMIUM_SHOW_FORMAT environment variable.

The pager can be set with the OSMIUM_PAGER or the PAGER environment variable. If neither is set, the default less is used unless the option --no-pager is used. If the pager variables are set to an empty value or to cat, no pager is used. On Windows there is no pager support at all.

This commands reads its input file only once, ie. it can read from STDIN.


-f,  --output-format=FORMAT

The format of the output file. Can be used to set the output file format if it can’t be autodetected from the output file name. See osmium-file-formats(5) or the libosmium manual for details.


Disable pager.

-d,  --format-debug

Same as -f debug,color=true.

-o,  --format-opl

Same as -f opl.

-x,  --format-xml

Same as -f xml.

-t,  --object-type=TYPE

Read only objects of given type (node, way, relation, changeset). By default all types are read. This option can be given multiple times.

Common Options

-h,  --help

Show usage help.

Input Options

-F,  --input-format=FORMAT

The format of the input file(s). Can be used to set the input format if it can’t be autodetected from the file name(s). This will set the format for all input files, there is no way to set the format for some input files only. See osmium-file-formats(5) or the libosmium manual for details.


osmium show exits with exit code


if everything went alright,


if there was an error processing the data, or


if there was a problem with the command line arguments.

Memory Usage

osmium show does all its work on the fly and doesn’t keep much data in main memory.


Show an OSM file using the default pager and default format:

osmium show norway.osm.pbf

Use more as a pager and only show relations:

OSMIUM_PAGER=more osmium show -t r norway.osm.pbf

Show using XML format:

osmium show -x norway.osm.pbf

See Also


If you have any questions or want to report a bug, please go to https://osmcode.org/contact.html


Jochen Topf <jochen@topf.org>.

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