osmpbf-outline – outline the content of an .osm.pbf or .osh.pbf file
osmpbf-outline [ –color ] filename
osmpbf-outline generates an colored outline an .osm.pbf or .osh.pbf
file, revealing its inner structure. It does not decode all informa‐
tion nor does it check for of possible mistakes, but it will warn on
some bad mistakes one can make when generating .osm.pbf files.
This tool can be used by authors of .osm.pbf readers and writers and is
useful to understand the inner blob/block structure of .osm.pbf files.
Its source code is heavily documented and can be used as a good start
on how to read- and write .osm.pbf files with C++.
usually colorization is disabled when writing to a file descriptor
that is no tty (eg. when the output is piped to a file or to a
pager like to more or less). Some pagers can handle ANSI color
code ( more can, less can when invoked as less -R ). To enforce
colorization when working with such pagers, specify the –color