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Open Source Routing Machine


Provides read-only bindings to the Open Source Routing Machine - OSRM, a routing engine for OpenStreetMap data implementing high-performance algorithms for shortest paths in road networks.

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See docs/ for extensive API documentation. You can find a simple example in example/server.js.


  • Node.js v4.x
  • Modern C++ runtime libraries supporting C++14

C++14 capable platforms include:

  • Mac OS X >= 10.10
  • Ubuntu Linux >= 16.04 or other Linux distributions with g++ >= 5 toolchain (>= GLIBCXX_3.4.20 from libstdc++)

An installation error like below indicates your system does not have a modern enough libstdc++/gcc-base toolchain:

Error: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version GLIBCXX_3.4.20 not found (required by /node_modules/osrm/lib/binding/osrm.node)

If you are running Ubuntu older than 16.04 you can easily upgrade your libstdc++ version like:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get install -y libstdc++-5-dev

On Travis:

    sources: [ 'ubuntu-toolchain-r-test' ]
    packages: [ 'libstdc++-5-dev' ]

On Circleci:

         - sudo -E apt-add-repository -y "ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test"
         - sudo -E apt-get upgrade -y
         - sudo -E apt-get -yq --no-install-suggests --no-install-recommends --force-yes install libstdc++-5-dev


By default, binaries are provided for:

  • 64 bit OS X and 64 bit Linux
  • Node v4.x

On those platforms no external dependencies are needed.

Just do:

npm install osrm

However other platforms will fall back to a source compile: see Source Build for details.

Quick start

The node-osrm module consumes data processed by OSRM core.

For this purpose we ship the binaries osrm-extract and osrm-contract with the node module. For example if you want to prepare a Berlin dataset the following will run the osrm toolchain to do that:

export PATH="./lib/binding/:$PATH"
osrm-extract berlin-latest.osm.pbf -p profiles/car.lua
osrm-contract berlin-latest.osrm

You can then use the dataset like:

const OSRM = require('osrm');
let osrm = new OSRM('berlin-latest.osrm');
osrm.route({coordinates: [[13.388860,52.517037], [13.39319,52.533976]]}, (err, result) => {
  if (err) return;
  console.log(`duration: ${result.routes[0].duration} distance: ${result.routes[0].distance}`);

We also ship the osrm-components binary which allows you to extract a GeoJSON file showing connectivity issues (small components) in the road network.

See the full documentation for more examples.

Source Build

Using Mason

You can build from source by using mason. Just go to your node-osrm folder and run:


This will download and build the current version of osrm-backend and set all needed variables.

Then you can test like

make test

To rebuild node-osrm after any source code changes to src/node_osrm.cpp simply type again:


If you wish to have a different version of osrm-backend build on the fly, change the osrm_release variable in package.json and rebuild:

make clean
make && make test

Using an existing local osrm-backend

If you do wish to build node-osrm against an existing osrm-backend we assume it is installed and will be found by pkg-config.

To check if you installed it correctly the following command and verify the output:

which osrm-extract
which osrm-contract
which osrm-datastore
pkg-config libosrm --variable=prefix

See the Project-OSRM wiki for details in how to build osrm-backend from source.

Now you can build node-osrm:

git clone
cd node-osrm
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make clean
make test


After setting up a Source Build you can make changes to the code and rebuild like any other cmake project:

cd build make

To rebuild using with a full re-configuration do:


If you want to see all the arguments sent to the compiler do:

make verbose

If you want to build in debug mode (-DDEBUG -O0) then do:

make debug


Run the tests like:

make test