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osmcoastline - extract coastline from OSM data


osmcoastline [OPTIONS] --output=OUTPUT-DB INPUT-FILE


osmcoastline extracts the coastline data from the INPUT-FILE, ususally a planet file (or the output of the osmcoastline_filter program, see below) and assembles all the pieces into polygons for use in map renderers etc.

The output is written to the Spatialite database OUTPUT-DB. Depending on the options it will contains the coastlines in different formats. See the description of the options below and the for details.


-h, --help
Display usage information.
-b, --bbox-overlap=OVERLAP
Polygons that are too large are split into two halves (recursively if need be). Where the polygons touch the OVERLAP is added, because two polygons just touching often lead to rendering problems. The value is given in the units used for the projection (for WGS84 (4326) this is in degrees, for Mercator (3857) this is in meters). If this is set too small you might get rendering artefacts where polygons touch. The larger you set this the larger the output polygons will be. The best values depend on the map scale or zoom level you are preparing the data for. Disable the overlap by setting it to 0. Default is 0.0001 for WGS84 and 10 for Mercator.
-c, --close-distance=DISTANCE
osmcoastline assembles ways tagged natural=coastline into rings. Sometimes there is a gap in the coastline in the OSM data. OSMCoastline will close this gap if it is smaller than DISTANCE. Use 0 to disable this feature.
-d, --debug
Enable debugging output.
-f, --overwrite
Overwrite output file if it already exists.
-i, --no-index
Do not create spatial indexes in output db. The default is to create those indexes which makes the database larger, but the data is faster to use.
-l, --output-lines
Output coastlines as lines to database file.
-m, --max-points=NUM
Set this to 0 to prevent splitting of large polygons and linestrings. If set to any other positive integer osmcoastline will try to split polygons/linestrings to not have more than this many points. Depending on the overlap defined with -b and the shape of the polygons it is sometimes not possible to get the polygons small enough. osmcoastline will warn you on STDERR if this is the case. Default is 1000.
-o, --output=FILE
Spatialite database file for output. This option must be set.
-p, --output-polygons=land|water|both|none
Which polygons to write out (default: land).
-r, --output-rings
Output rings to database file. This is used for debugging purposes.
-s, --srs=EPSGCODE
Set spatial reference system/projection. Use 4326 for WGS84 or 3857 for "Google Mercator". If you want to use the data for the usual tiled web maps, 3857 is probably right. For other uses, especially if you want to re-project to some other projection, 4326 is probably right. Other projections are currently not supported. Default is 4326.
-S, --write-segments=FILENAME
Write out all coastline segments to the given file. Segments are connections between two points. The segments are written in an internal format intended for use with the osmcoastline_segments program only. The file includes all segments actually in the OSM data and only those. Gaps are (possibly) closed in a later stage of running osmcoastline, but those closing segments will not be included.
-v, --verbose
Gives you detailed information on what osmcoastline is doing, including timing.
-V, --version
Display program version and license information.


To speed up processing you might want to run the osmcoastline_filter program first. See its man page for details.


osmcoastline exits with exit code

if everything was okay 1
if there were warnings while processing the coastline 2
if there were errors while processing the coastline 3
if there was a fatal error when running the program 4
if there was a problem with the command line arguments.


Run osmcoastline on a planet file using default options:

osmcoastline -o coastline.db planet.osm.pbf

Running osmcoastline_filter first:

osmcoastline_filter -o coastline.osm.pbf planet.osm.pbf
osmcoastline -o coastline.db coastline.osm.pbf