Convert OpenStreetMap Objects to KML with R

December 22, 2012

(This article was first published on theBioBucket*, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

A quick geo-tip:
With the osmar and maptools package you can easily pull an OpenStreetMap object and convert it to KML, like below (thanks to adibender helping out on SO). I found the relation ID by googling for it (

# get OSM data

innsbruck <- get_osm(relation(113642), full = T)
sp_innsbruck <- as_sp(innsbruck, what = "lines")

# convert to KML
for( i in seq_along(sp_innsbruck) ) {
kmlLine(sp_innsbruck@lines[[i]], kmlfile = "innsbruck.kml",
lwd = 3, col = "blue", name = "Innsbruck")


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