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Ordnance Survey maps online for free

OS Getamap - OS Maps on a PCOS getamap provides OS Landranger maps and OS Explorer maps for free. This online service enables outdoor enthusiasts to use a zoomable view of our highly detailed mapping, create, share and find routes in the local area, and search for points of interest. Register for free access to Ordnance Survey maps online, or choose one of our low cost subscriptions for the full suite of route planning tools and unlimited A4 map printing..

OS getamap gives you instant access to Ordnance Survey Mapping

OS getamap: Ordnance Survey Map onlineThere are several levels of access to OS getamap route planning tool. You can use the site as a guest user (but you won’t be able to do very much), you can register for free or you can subscribe. Subscribers gain access to the full features of the application, such a uploading route notes and images, sharing routes and making unlimited A4 map prints.

However, we believe that you should be able to try before you buy. The free registration option allows you to view Ordnance Survey Leisure maps online, including our overview mapping, 1:50 000 scale OS Landranger and 1: 25 000 scale OS Explorer ranges. You will be able to create your own routes find routes shared by others, but free prints are limited to a smaller size.

To make the most of the application, upgrade to one on the subscription packages, available for one month up to a full year. This will give you access to the full features of the route planner, as well as to the premium ‘Authored’ routes, the advanced route tools and unlimited A4 map printing.

Register today with OS getamap for free. Access to all the Ordnance Survey maps online is only a click away.

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38 Responses

    1. Jonathan

      Hi Tessa.
      To register as a free user, open http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/ and in the pop-up click ‘Sign me up’

      To upgrade to a paid subscription, go to https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-getamap.html, select a subscription package and complete the checkout. Once done, make sure you use the ‘logout’ link on OS getamap, then log back in to activate your account.

      If you have any issues please contact Customer Service and they can assist.

      1. Hi. OS getamap does not work on iPads as Apple blocks the Silverlight browser plugin (as it’s made by Microsoft). However, there is a replacement, OS Maps which is currently in beta testing, available to all current OS getamap subscribers. If you are a current subscriber have a try now – it will be released to the public soon.

    1. The easiest way is using our own OS getamap service – go to http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/. You will need the Microsoft Silverlight plugin for your browser.

      Just cancel the login box, and click the ‘Leisure’ button in the top left of the map window to switch to classic OS Landranger and OS Explorer style mapping. If you create a free account you can create routes, or you can subscribe to unlock the all the features.

      An alternative is Bing Maps – you can switch the map type to ‘Ordnance Survey’ for UK locations if you just want to be able to browse around the map.

      1. When I click on the button to get the Silverlight plugin, I get redirected to the Mono project. So I try to install this one, but my computer tells me, that the Mono plugin is still installed. In short: OS does not works with Mono (the Silverlight version for Linux and MacOS) What about people with Linux or Macintosh, are they not allowed to use the OS maps?

        1. Unfortunately Mono and Moonlight do not have all the capabilities of Silverlight, and so OS getamap can’t run on them. We have had some customers who use WINE windows emulation to run Firefox with Silverlight to allow them to use the site, but it’s not something we actively support as the configuration to get this working is quite dependant on each user.

  1. John

    DUH! Stupidly it says I do not have Silverlight installed, so I tried to REinstall only to be told I have it already installed.
    SO I cannot even register!

  2. Ivor Boehner

    How about using a more open technology like HTML5 instead of Silverlight? Such a shame to exclude all those of us on mobile devices or non-Windows operating systems.

    1. Hi Ivor
      We’re looking in to moving away from Silverlight for the next version of OS getamap, to ensure that you’re able to access it from any device. Watch this space.
      Thanks, Gemma

  3. Mervyn

    Hi

    We are travelling around the UK in a camper van. We usually have internet via 3G or WiFi and would like to download a small section of the local OS map to an iPhone to take with us on a local walk. We only have iPhones and iPads with us and no printer. It would seem that your site which requires Silverlight will not be any good. Are there any providers who can meet our needs?

    Thanks

    Mervyn

  4. Jon Ford

    I subscribed to Getamap last year 2013/14 and it was absolutely useless. Despite several calls to support personnel and numerous reinstallation’s it never gave even a remotely reliable service.
    I now read from one of the users above that Mac OS doesn’t support getamap. Why wasn’t that pointed out to me and a refund given?

    1. Hi Jon – customer services has let me know you had a few problems when you first subscribed, but that they had resolved them with you at the time. The most common causes of issues on a Mac is an out of date version of Silverlight, or using the Chrome browser as it’s version of Silverlight is not 100% compatible. OS getamap will work on a most Mac computers, but we always advise testing using a free registration first.

  5. Eileen Sellars

    I have downloaded Silverlight as required (and when I tried to do it a second time, Silverlight confirmed this) but your site doesn’t recognised the fact even though I have logged off and on again. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Eileen. The most common reason is that Silverlight is installed but not enabled in the browser you are using. It varies by browser, but generally something like >Tools>Add-ons>Show all>and then find Microsoft Silverlight and tick to enable it. If you cant find it, please contact our customer support team (https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/contact/) with the details of the browser your are using and they can help you.

      1. Alan Harood

        I have tried launching OS getamap several times and it just keeps saying ‘loading’ with that endless little rotating circle? Is this a common complaint?

        1. Hi Alan

          This is usually cause by the MS Silverlight plugin. There are two suggested fixes.

          1. Remove MS Silverlight plugin, reboot the computer and reinstall Silverlight. The reboot is important to ensure all the traces of the plugin are removed properly.

          2. Use a different browser. They all behave slightly differently, and this can fix the issue.

  6. R Billing

    Interesting but of very little use to me. I went all Linux years ago to get the better security and ease of use. I suspect that most of people who organise outdoor activities will be practical types who will have done the same.

    It’s unfortunate that OS has chosen to exclude a large section of the people who make most serious use of the maps.

    However when there is a Linux compatible version I’ll take out a paid subscription at once.

    1. We are working on a completely new version that will run natively in HTML5, so will work on modern browsers including Chromium and Firefox on Ubuntu. Please keep and eye on our newsletter, blog or social media for updates, and for the chance to take part in pre-release testing trials.

      1. Jeremy Smith

        I used to use getamap when I had a windows laptop but as the others have said I am now linux mostly and would love to be part of any trial of the html5 version, please can you provide a link/address to sign up.
        I particularly would like to use it on my chromebook which I now always take with me on trips.

  7. anng

    I have an account which hasn’t been used for a while, but the system won’t let me do any of:-

    (i) login with my password
    (ii) get in with a new password
    (iii) register as a new user

    Please fix asap

    1. Hi Anng. First action is to use the forgot my password’ link at account/forgotpassword – this will let you reset your password as long as you still have access to the same email account. You won’t be able to create a new account with the same email address as it already exists.

      If this does not work, please contact customer services with your account details and they can try resetting it at their end.

  8. Karim Ahmed

    It’s a great service but I am disappointed that the maps are dependent on a Microsoft OS and an executable (Silverlight). In this day and age you should use technologies that are not platform dependent otherwise you exclude a huge audience.

    1. Hi Karim. Yes, unfortunately OS getamap was developed before Apple announced blocking flash and silverlight. However, we are working on a new mapping application that uses HTML5 and so does not require any plugins. It’s currently in beta and available for OS getamap subscribers to test. It will be launched to the public soon.

    1. Hi Duncan. If you are a current OS getamap subscriber you can access the new OS Maps Beta which is designed to work on a wider range of devices and browsers. To stop receiving emails please use the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of each email.

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