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Looking for GPX editting software.

Which programs are people using to edit GPX files? Windows or Linux. I normally dig about inside the files using a programmer’s text editor but that’s messy and a chore. There must be something that makes it easier?

I use GPSU. https://www.gpsu.co.uk/

My software of choice is GPXeditor.
GPSvisualizer is also a nice web tool to convert between different formats and visualize. See also GPSbabel

Hi Andy,

have a look at:

73 Martin, OE5REO

I use Garmin MapSource 6.16.3 to tidy up my GPX tracks.
It is old, but still downloadable from Garmin.

There are probably much better programs laying around, but I have been using MapSource since long ago…

Online tool KML2GPX (and vice versa) does to job for format conversion.

Andy, believe it or not: I’m mostly using the good old simple Windows Editor to edit. Used it already in former HTML times to do quick edits to websites – nowadays something for the museum, hi.

Vy 73 de Markus, HB9DIZ

FYI I just noticed that that when one uploads a track to Sotamaps Tracks it is possible to move the waypoints around to adjust to map. Very nice!

So far I use GPSBabel to reduce points and the already mentioned GPXEditor for cut- and merge activities.
For planning my routes on my Suunto watch it comes with an online map (based on topomap and other sources) that works pretty well. It is called http://www.movescount.com/map
Not sure if you can create an account without a watch registered.

73 Joe

I am not sure what you mean by editing. I just upload into Caltopo (my mapping software of choice, and is free BTW), Then I edit the route however I see fit. Then I export if needed…

If at home I use Garmin BaseCamp, but that’s because I have Garmin devices and maps.
Alternatively, I do it online at http://www.gpxeditor.co.uk

For quick mapping and editing, Viking GPS data editor and analyzer.

For proper GIS workup of course it’s QGIS.

Hi Andy

Garmin Basecamp for MAC overlayed using Oz Topo, 10 metre contours.

Andrew VK1AD

It depends what is in the GPX files.

For managing lists of waypoints, GPS Utility https://www.gpsu.co.uk/, which has already been mentioned.

For examining and editing tracks, I usually use GPS Track Editor http://www.gpstrackeditor.com/. One of the features I like is that it can colour the track by various parameters such as speed. This makes it very easy to distinguish the walking and driving parts of a day’s track. The list of maps it comes with is a bit dated, but it is pretty easy to reverse engineer the configuration file format and bolt in extra tile servers of your choice. It also behaves well when given a vast number of track files in one go, automatically using lots of different colours to distinguish them (I use this to search out local paths I haven’t done yet). I’ve just tried some of the other programs that have been mentioned and they don’t seem to handle this scenario very well at all.

Martyn M1MAJ

At that level of sophistication one is tempted to suggest jumping to QGIS. You’ll have full symbology control along with the countless features provided by a real GIS. Pull in your own Python for example to manipulate your gpx-sourced vector layers as you see fit. Endless fun.

GpsPrune (no installation, needs Java runtime environment).

Quote from the website: “GpsPrune is an application for viewing, editing and converting coordinate data from GPS systems. Basically it’s a tool to let you play with your GPS data after you get home from your trip.”

I like its “compress track” features.

73, Markus HB9BRJ

Thanks for the suggestions… I’ll try some of them. I have a UK map specific program and Basecamp with assorted EU maps for creating routes. What I’m looking for is something to let me extract the actual mountain routes from all the other dross that accumulates in my GPS when I forget to clear the track logs etc before starting a walk.

Once more, thanks for the ideas.

Mapsource does what I need. In fact I had an older version installed on my old laptop and have used it before to do this. The 6.16.3 version works better than the 6.11.6 version I had installed. Thanks for the suggestions and help.

I’ve just been using Mapsource 6.16.3 to edit up all my mixed up tracklogs from my NS trip. My 11yr old Vista HCx has a worn joy-stick so I’ve started using the cheap 2nd hand version I bought from eBay. It was especially useful to be able to edit the logs into individual routes as I had failed to set this GPS up correctly and it wasn’t logging GPX tracks to SDcard. My other has all my walks over the last 11years (apart from a few months when it had a fit) saved to its SDcard.

Once more thanks for the suggestions especially to try Mapsource.