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You will see Geometry Nodes as white circles when you select a segment. You can delete unnecessary ones by hovering the mouse over it and pressing ‘D’ on your keyboard.  
You will see Geometry Nodes as white circles when you select a segment. You can delete unnecessary ones by hovering the mouse over it and pressing ‘D’ on your keyboard.  
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Revision as of 21:50, 8 May 2016


  • Are you working in an area which has not been edited? Segments won't have any road or city names, or direction set yet.
  • Are you working in an area which has been edited recently? Remember that this has been done by other editors who have invested their time trying to make the roads and cities as accurate as possible, so please be careful before changing others' work.
  • You can always send a Private Message (PM) to the editors whose work you are about to change, as they might be working on a longer-term project to improve a particular area, and your changes might help or hinder this. When editors have invested a lot of time in improving an area, they can be a bit possessive about it, and want to be assured that new editors are going to make changes that improve it further.
  • You might see URs Request pin open-low.png on the map. These are reported by users that noticed something wrong or strange on the map. You can respond to them and request more information about the problem, more information about UR's can be found here.
  • Do NOT map every road you see. If a road is not accessible to cars, it often is not useful to draw this in Waze. Pedestrian area's are usually only drawn if they are useful for navigational purposes. When in doubt, contact a more experienced editor.

If you have any questions,read the wiki and ask questions in the forums or on Slack. India has its own discussion forum which you should visit regularly. Join in discussions to get clarification for things you don't quite understand. Send PMs to other editors who seem to work in your area. Get to know the Area Managers who have shown good editing skills and have been allocated a specific area to look after.

Above all, use the search feature in both the forums and this wiki to find what's already been asked and answered. And have fun!

Getting started

Practice mode

If you're a first time editor, it can be useful to start in Practice Mode. In Practice Mode you can practice editing without risking damaging the map, since your edits and changes are not saved. For more experienced editors this can also be useful to test out complicated or new road constructions.

To edit in Practice Mode, you go to the editor, and without logging in, click on "Practice Mode".

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Adding roads

  1. Hover the mouse over the DrawRoads.jpg button on the toolbar at the top of the page and click "Road"
  2. Click the mouse on the map at the point where you want to start the new road segment.
  3. Move the mouse cursor along the path of the road and click the mouse to add a geometry node for each point that changes direction along the road.
  4. When finished, double-click the last point to end the segment.
  5. Select the segment again, and fill in the details of the segment in the menu pane on the left.
  • Each segment that is added must have a Country, City, and Street name, under the "Edit" link left. If there is no City and/or Street name available, then the "None" box(es) must be selected, or the segment will not be used in navigation. In the editor, you will see a red outline around the segment (see picture-to be added).
  • Be sure the road actually exists before creating it, if you turn on the GPS layer, you can verify if the road has been driven on already. Of course it's also possible that the road hasn't been driven on by a Waze yet.
  • Always try and find as much detail about the road as you can. Arguably the best source would be the Eicher City Map of the area, if you have it. If you don’t, buy one. It’s a worthwhile resource for a Wazer in India.

Junction & Geometry nodes

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Segment geometry node
Places geometry node
When editing a segment or Area Place, large white circles appear where the segment changes direction ultimately altering its shape. Click and drag them individually to alter the geometry of the segment or Place. Press the d key while the mouse is hovered over them to delete the geometry node. Alternately, hold the d key and then move the mouse over the nodes you want to delete.
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Landmark intergeometry node.png
The smaller white circles between the geometry nodes are "inter"-geometry nodes. When you click and drag an inter-geometry node, it becomes a larger geometry node and two more inter-geometry nodes appear halfway between each side again.

TIP: Under the Layers.png Layer icon at the top right of the Map Editor Tool Bar, you can turn off the road layer , to have a better view on the road structure and Satellite Image.

In practice:

Junction Nodes

There are roads with unnecessary Junction Nodes and Geometry Nodes. Junction Nodes that aren’t connected to other streets and are a part of the same road and elevation can be removed. You can click on it and press the trash can icon on the top right of the screen Trashcan.png (or press ‘Delete’ on the keyboard).

Geometry Nodes

You will see Geometry Nodes as white circles when you select a segment. You can delete unnecessary ones by hovering the mouse over it and pressing ‘D’ on your keyboard.

Junction Arrows

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When you select a segment, you can allow or restrict the turns by clicking the arrows at the junction(s) with other segments.

  • A green arrow means Allowed
  • A yellow arrow with a clock means Partially Restricted (scheduled or vehicle-type based)
  • A red arrow with the circle-slash icon means Restricted
  • Clicking an arrow toggles between Allowed and Restricted (or, between Partially and Fully Restricted).

Road properties

All road properties that can be changed are visible in the left pane when you select a segment. LeftSidePane.png


In the picture above you can see a pencil next to the name of the road, clicking this will allow you to edit all the address information. There are many abbreviations for street names, so check here before entering them. If you do not know the name of the road, select "none", otherwise the road'll remain red and not be used for routing. DO NOT FORGET to click "Apply" after entering the street and city name

Road type

Road Type Explanation
Freeway Motorway
Major Highway National Highways(managed by NHAI)
Minor Highway All State Highways and Arterial Roads within Indian Metro Cities
Primary Street Busy Roads within Cities, and/or Feeder Roads to Arterial Roads
Street Residential Roads
Parking lot roads Used for Petrol Stations, Car Parks

Non-drivable - aren't really worth adding, as Waze is an app aimed at commuters who drive, but if you really feel the need to add these, be careful and make sure that they DO NOT connect to drivable roads as Waze has been known to route people along walking trails and the like!

For more information about road types, see how to name roads


Two-way, one-way or unknown. ALWAYS choose 1 of these 3 options, NEVER leave it blank.

Speed limit

Here you can enter the speed limit for each direction. Make sure you are entering in metric units (kilometers) and NOT in imperial units (miles). If you do not know the speed limits, leave it blank.


This is for the elevation of the road if roads overlap without crossing. For example a bridge or overpass.


This determines what level editors need in order to edit the segment. You cannot edit roads locked by a higher level editor than you. To get it unlocked you should post on the India Forum or on Slack.

Non-existent roads

There may be roads that have been drawn in the base-map but may not be in the satellite images, or they may not exist in real life at all. Again, the GPS points will help you determine their status. If the satellite image shows an incomplete road with no GPS points (Pic 2 and Pic 3), leave the road in the base map, if it’s already drawn, disconnect the junction nodes to valid roads. If no road has been drawn, go ahead and add the road with the name “Road Under Construction”. Do not connect any other roads to this part of the road. This can then be easily found and completed once the road is opened.

Adding Places

Only actual "Places" or Points of Interests (POIs) should be mapped, i.e. those which help the driver to find their way.

For the purposes of searching for addresses or businesses, Waze gets its results from other providers (Bing, Google, foursquare), so it's not necessary to add them to the map as well. Unless this yield the wrong search results.

Further Details

This page is only intended as a Quickstart and is not intended to answer all of your questions. If you only intend to add a few street names, or allow a turn, then this is aimed at you. Before you start any serious editing you need to read the India Editing Best Practice.

For detailed explanation of how to use the Waze Map Editor, please read the WME Manual.

Should you still have questions after that search the forums, and if you still can't find an answer post a topic in the correct forum. You can also send an email to the Country Managers.