OSGeo map symbol set

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The OSGeo Cartographic Library and all software projects obviously need a free map symbol set.

Mailing List

This topic along with the OSGeo icon set (Toolbar button icons) are discussed on the Graphics mailing list

Available Material

  • Free map symbol sets from GFOSS.it: Simboli cartografici: trees, geology, meteorology and north arrows
  • GpsDrive and OpenStreetMap maintain a repository of over one thousand Point Of Interest (POI) rasterized and SVG symbol icons under a permissive OSS license. Things like "banks" and "hospitals" are very well covered.
see http://www.gpsdrive.de/development/map-icons/overview.en.shtml
updated URL? http://svn.codehaus.org/geoserver/trunk/data/release/styles/

Related Material

Other Technology

(please keep focus on free as in freedom technologies which we can distribute and make use of without barriers)

Microsoft has a symbol server

Symbol Availability

see also the GpsDrive/OpenStreetMap matrix above

School NA
Recreation Centre NA
Emergency Services
Hospital NA
Police station NA
Fire station NA
Ambulance NA
Basic NA
Arrow yes NA
Box yes NA
Circle yes NA
Extras NA
Compass Yes NA
Airport Yes NA
Target yes NA
Dive Flag yes NA
Information Centre NA
Bus Stop NA
Picnic Area NA


  • The preferred interchange format is SVG.
  • QGIS has a way of swapping fill color on SVG if you add some tags
  • How to convert Fonts to SVG

Interested people