Two years ago I wrote the OSMroute plugin which enable the QGIS user to use the OpenRouteService API for geocoding of points, accessibility analysis as well as routing from A to B. Unfortunately the managing of a plugin/ open source tool is time-consuming/ hard. But fortunately Nils Rode lifted the plugin to a new level: OSM tools.
OSM Tools Plugin
The plugin can be installed as a normal plugin via the plugin manager:
The usage is quite easy and enable you to geocode/reverse geocode addresses, find routes, create an isochrone map. Yet as the API from openrouteservice.org is an open one there are some limitations on the API:
500 free requests per day in total
40 requests per minute
You could be easily affected by these restrictions as the API allows some batch jobs. The batch mode enables you row-by-row or row-by-any routing.
The result is really good: a clean feature table with all the needed information of the routes:
Nils did a great job on this one and I encourage everyone to use this with your own API key, look for issues with it (and report them!) and help this plugin to grow!
Recently HeiGIT @ GIScience Heidelberg released a dedicated stable disaster versionof OpenRouteService (ORS) to support humanitarian logistics within specific regions of catastrophes with data from OSM in a more sustainable…