Google Earth to GPX Format

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by BuellDualSport, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. BuellDualSport

    BuellDualSport Banned

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    Anyone have a simple explanation of how to convert a Google Earth set of directions to a GPX file.

    Yes tried Search, looked at GPSbable but got lost with all the -t -r -u switches.

    Guess it is more complicated than we first thought.

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  2. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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    What kind of system are you running?

    You shouldn't need to worry about command line stuff unless you are on linux.

    Macs have GPSBabel+ which is a GUI interface to GPSBabel and for Windows folks there is GPSBabelGUI.

    Using the GUI and working on a single file at a time it is easy: select the input file, select the input file type, select the output file type and save the file.
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  3. Jamie Z

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  4. BuellDualSport

    BuellDualSport Banned

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    Being PC challenged is so boring !!!!

    Thanks
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  5. Jamie Z

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    Wait. I misspoke. You said "Google Earth."

    The link I posted is for Google Maps. I'm not very familiar with Google Earth, so I can't help you there.

    Jamie
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    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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  7. BuellDualSport

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    Appreciate thte assistance
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  8. summ3r

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    If you want an easy way to convert Google Earth's KML files to GPX format, you can use this free online converter http://kml2gpx.com
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  9. FixerDave

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    Hey! Linux has Gpsbabel-gui, thank you very much. We just prefer to use the command-line because, well, it's better :lol3
    Kind of like actually choosing to ride a KLR :rofl

    Honestly, the babel options are a little arcane. Easy and intuitive once you get used to them, but not so easy to get to that point. If I had to do one file... a gui is nice. 200 files nested in a folder structure... well, those arcane switches suddenly get very, very useful.

    find ./ -iname '*.plt' -execdir gpsbabel -t -i ozi -o gpx -f '{}' -F '{}'.gpx \;

    for example, converted all my Ozi format tracks (hundreds of them in dozens of folders) to gpx... one little command-line. They rock when you know how to use them :D

    Took more time to figure out the command than it did to do the conversion.... Wait! I think I just blew my argument :huh
    Anyway, still saved me days of doing them one at a time.

    David...
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