OS VectorMap District

How would you like your map to look?


Style your map to highlight what matters to you. OS VectorMap District is great if your map needs a custom look. Or use our free stylesheets if you prefer consistency.

Show enough detail to give the lie of the land while avoiding overwhelming detail. OS VectorMap District lets you display just the map layers you need.

Save money and benefit from simple licensing terms. OS VectorMap District is free to view, download and use for commercial, education and personal purposes.

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Raster also available

OS VectorMap District comes in two raster (flat image) versions: full-colour – good for print-outs; and backdrop – better as a backdrop for your analysis. They’re a quick way to get started with OS VectorMap District.

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Need more detail?

If you need individual building outlines and fences on the map, we recommend OS VectorMap Local.


Key featuresWhat this product offers

ESRI Shapefile and GML 3.2 Simple Features (vector); GeoTIFF with LZW compression (raster – backdrop colour and full-colour options available)

Shape tile size

100km x 100km

GML tile size

20km x 20km

GeoTIFF tile size

10km x 10km


Thematic layers, including settlements, named places, roads, woodland and administrative boundaries (vector); pre-defined output (raster)


1:15 000 to 1:30 000

Update frequency

Twice a year, in May and November


Online download or DVD


Great Britain

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How is this data supplied and what do I need to use it?

OS VectorMap District is available to download. You can also get it on DVD. You’ll need geographic information system (GIS) software to make best use of the data. Raster tiles can be opened in image editing software.

What are the key differences between this product and OS OpenMap Local?

Whereas OS VectorMap District is designed for display at a scale of about 1:25 000, OS Open Map Local shows more detail and is best viewed at a scale of about 1:10 000.


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OS VectorMap District is available under the following Licences:

Our open data products are covered by the Open Government Licence (OGL), which allows you to:

  • copy, distribute and transmit the data;
  • adapt the data; and
  • exploit the data commercially, whether by sub-licensing it, combining it with other data, or including it in your own product or application.

We simply ask that you acknowledge the copyright and the source of the data by including the following attribution statement:

  • Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2018
  • Where you use Code-Point Open data, you must also use the following attribution statements:
  • Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and Database right 2018
  • Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2018

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