Metro Extracts are chunks of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data clipped to the rectangular region surrounding a particular city or region of interest. Data is available for locations around the world.

Map of Popular Metro Extracts

To download the OSM data, go to the Metro Extracts download page at The page has a web map and list of popular places that available for immediate download. You can also create a custom extract, which can take up to 30-60 minutes to be created and requires a free Mapzen developer account.

Learn more about using Metro Extracts by following this tutorial. You will download the extracted OSM data for a region and load the file into QGIS, which is a free, open-source desktop GIS application.