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count keys/tags


osmium tags-count [Options] OSM-FILE [TAG-EXPRESSION...]

osmium tags-count [Options] --expressions=FILE OSM-FILE


Count how often keys or tags appear in the input file. If the only command line argument is an OSM file, all keys in this file are counted. If there are one or more tag expressions on the command line, only the keys and tags matching those expressions are counted.

See the Tag Expressions section for a description of the expression format.

The output has one line per key/tag found. Each line contains the count, the tag key, and the tag value (if matching tags) separated by TAB characters. Tag keys and values are surrounded by double quotes. Any double quotes in the keys and values are doubled.


-e FILE, --expressions=FILE

Read expressions from the specified file, one per line. Empty lines are ignored. Everything after the comment character (#) is also ignored. See the Tag Expressions section for further details.

-m COUNT, --min-count=COUNT

The minimum count that should be in the output. Used when you are only interested in common keys/tags.

-M COUNT, --max-count=COUNT

The maximum count that should be in the output. Used when you are only interested in rare keys/tags.

-s SORT, --sort=SORT

Sort order. Order by “count-asc”, “count-desc”, “name-asc”, or “name-desc”. Default is “count-desc”.

-t,  --object-type=TYPE

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

Common Options

-h,  --help

Show usage help.

-v,  --verbose

Set verbose mode. The program will output information about what it is doing to STDERR.


Show progress bar. Usually a progress bar is only displayed if STDOUT and STDERR are detected to be TTY. With this option a progress bar is always shown. Note that a progress bar will never be shown when reading from STDIN or a pipe.


Do not show progress bar. Usually a progress bar is displayed if STDOUT and STDERR are detected to be a TTY. With this option the progress bar is suppressed. Note that a progress bar will never be shown when reading from STDIN or a pipe.

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.

Output Options

-o,  --output=FILE

Name of the output file. Default is `-' (STDOUT).

-O,  --overwrite

Allow an existing output file to be overwritten. Normally osmium will refuse to write over an existing file.

Tag Expressions

A filter expression specifies one or more keys and/or tags that should be counted in the data.

Some examples:


Matches the key “amenity”.


Matches the tag with key “highway” and value “primary”.


Matches any tag with key “highway” and a value other than “primary”.


Matches any tag with key “type” and value “multipolygon” or “boundary”.


Matches any tag with the key “name” or “name:de” with the value “Kastanienallee” or “Kastanienstrasse”.


Matches tags with keys starting with “addr:”


Matches all tags with key “name” and a value that contains the word “Paris”.

If there is no equal sign (“=”) in the expression only keys are matched and values can be anything. If there is an equal sign (“=”) in the expression, the key is to the left and the value to the right. An exclamation sign (“!”) before the equal sign means: A tag with that key, but not the value(s) to the right of the equal sign. A leading or trailing asterisk (“*”) can be used for substring or prefix matching, respectively. Commas (“,”) can be used to separate several keys or values.

All filter expressions are case-sensitive. There is no way to escape the special characters such as “=”, “*” and “,”. You can not mix comma-expressions and “*”-expressions.

The filter expressions specified in a file and/or on the command line are matched in the order they are given. To achieve best performance, put expressions expected to match more often first.


osmium tags-count 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 tags-count keeps all counters in memory. For a large OSM file and unrestricted keys or, worse, tags, this can use quite a lot of memory. (Counting all tags on a full planet file will use about 16 GByte RAM.)

Use the filter expressions to restrict the counting to the keys or tags you are actually interested in.


Count all keys in Spain and display most common keys first:

osmium tags-count spain.osm.pbf

Count all building keys in Madrid:

osmium tags-count madrid.osm.pbf building

Count all building tags on ways in Madrid, order by name:

osmium tags-count -t way --sort=name-asc madrid.osm.pbf 'building=*'

Count all relation types in Sevilla that appear at least 100 times:

osmium tags-count -t relation -m 100 sevilla.osm.pbf 'type=*'

Count all tags in the input file. Note that this might need quite a lot of memory!

osmium tags-count input.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>.