.GPX File Extension
File Type 1GPS Exchange File
What is a GPX file?
A GPX file is a GPS data file saved in the GPS Exchange format, which is an open standard used by many GPS programs. It contains longitude and latitude location data that may include waypoints, routes, and tracks. GPX files are saved in XML format, which allows GPS data to be more easily imported and read by multiple programs and web services.
GPX files are used to exchange GPS location data, including maps, routes, and geocaching information, with others. Most commonly, fitness devices and applications, such as Garmin Connect devices, use GPX files to import and export running and biking routes. More sophisticated mapping applications, including the desktop versions of Google Earth Pro and the web version of Google Maps, also create and use GPX files.
GPX files store three types of data:
- Waypoint - Includes GPS coordinates of a point. It may also include other descriptive information.
- Route - Includes a list of track points, which are waypoints for turn or stage points, that lead to a destination.
- Track - Includes a list of points that describe a path.
Mapping and fitness applications combine these three sets of data into maps and routes that they show to users.
How do I open a GPX file?
The easiest way to open a GPX file and view the map data it contains is by uploading it to the web version of Google Maps. After you open and sign in to Google Maps in your web browser, you can add a GPX file as a new map by:
- Opening the Google Maps menu and selecting .
- Selecting .
- A new Google Maps window opens. In that window, select the button that appears underneath the Untitled layer.
- Upload your GPX file. The map data the file contains will appear in Google Maps.
You can also open a GPX file in a variety of desktop and mobile applications, including:
- Google Earth Pro (cross-platform)
- Garmin BaseCamp (Windows, Mac)
- Merkaartor (cross-platform)
- GPX Viewer (Android)
- GPX-Viewer (iOS)
How do I convert a GPX file to a KML or KMZ file?
In some instances, you may need to convert your GPX map file to a .KML or .KMZ map file. For example, if you are using the web version of Google Earth Pro, you must convert your GPX file to a KML or KMZ file before you can upload it to Google Earth.
The easiest way to convert a GPX file to a KML or KMZ file is to upload the GPX file to Google Maps (Web) and then export the resulting map as a KML / KMZ file. You can view instructions for uploading a GPX file to Google Maps above. To export a KML / KMZ file from Google Maps:
- Select the three-dots icon that appears to the right side of your map's title.
- From the menu that appears, select .
- Specify whether you want to export a complete map or just your GPX file.
- If you want to convert your GPX file to a KMZ file, skip this step. If you want to convert your GPX file to a KML file, select the checkbox.
- Select .
Your new KML or KMZ file will then be saved to your Downloads folder.
Programs that open GPX files
File Type 2Guitar Pro 6 Document
.GPX File Association 2
Guitar tablature file created by Guitar Pro 6, a music composition program for fretted instruments; saved in a proprietary format and contains musical scores and compositions for bass, guitar, banjo, and drums; can be played in the software, which uses the Guitar Pro engine to simulate the instruments.
NOTE: GPX files do not contain waveform audio data. Instead, they contain instruments and musical notes that can be simulated as music in the software.