For general help for those apps here are the links of the official support pages:

Help desk:


Probably you disabled Javacript -- The download tables relly on Javascript for correct behaviour.

Second, some ADD-Blocker treat the tables as adds (THEY ARE NOT!) -- please set OpenAndroMaps on the whitelist of these ADD-Blockers.

Please test your setup with these pages:

Here you can see how the tables should work on OpenAndroMaps:

Yes, that’s possible:

This is a fundamental problem with Vector maps.
Only one Name/Icon/Label can be displayed at the same time on the same place.
We have taken lot of care and spent many hours to careful balance the appearence of these elements -- however we cant overcome this limitation for 100%

The only solution is to zoom in/out.

A common problem with downloading large zips. (you find thousands of matches when you search this topic with Google)
Some browser/OS/router/antivirus combinations corrupt the binary patterns of zip files.

Possible solution:
Please try firefox with the “down them all” plugin or chrome or a different internet provider (office, friends, etc.).
In addition chose “save file” instead of “open with…” and before you open it give the file several seconds bvore you unzip it.

On initial load of a map some Apps switch to zoomlevel 0-1, this means you see the map in size of a pinhead = a white screen.

Solution: Zoom in 5-6 times till you see the map

On the first load of a map or after cleaning the cache the maps have to be completely rerendered on your phone for all zoom-levels, this takes some time.

However, after caching the tiles render as fast as an online map.This is only an issue while testing the maps at home with a lots of scoling and zooming, outdoors this is negligible.

Every APP uses a cache for faster rendering of the maps, this cached tiles reside in the cache and are shown instead of the new map till you clean it.

Solution: Clear the cache of your APP, but be carefull usually there are two caches – only the cache of the offline maps should be cleared and _not_ the cache of the online maps.

This depends on the APP you use

  • In Oruxmaps go to the main sceen, klick on  “Offlinemaps” and  “Reset maps”
  • In Locus go to  “Settings/Preferences”, scoll down to bottom
    klick  “Misc()”
    klick  “Cache of Data/Datacache” (NOT the cache of maps !)

For all other APPs please take a look at the appropriate manual.

The tags are included in the maps.
However, I had to work around a bug in Mapsforge that leads to totaly unpredictable results rendering the standard mtb:* tags.
I had to change the naming and values of these tags:

  • mtb:scale is transfered to mtb_scale with values from “mtbs_0” to  “mtbs_6
  • mtb:scale:uphill is transfered to mtb_scale_uphill with values from “mtbu_0” to ” mtbu_5

These tags are included in maps rendered from 4th of December 2012 on:

  • Combined Cycle/Hiking maps
  • Pure cycle maps (NOT in pure hiking maps)

Here you find the Reference/Documentation of OpenAndroMaps if you want to develop your own theme: MapBasics

The major players on the App-market for outdoor navigation are:

  • Oruxmaps
  • Locus

The maps are tested for these APPs where the rendertheme for Oruxmaps should be compatible with all other APPs using the standard Mapsforge library.

A complete list of all APPs using the Mapsforge render library (there are a lot) >

Questions? -- Need help? -- Suggestions?