Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for cartographers, geographers and GIS professionals. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Do you have a step by step guide on how to upload/download points/wayponts and polylines/routes from a gps?

Regards Christo

share|improve this question
which GPS did you have in mind? – iant May 18 '12 at 11:10
and what are you uploading/downloading to/from? – GIS-Jonathan May 18 '12 at 11:14
Please add some more details on your specific question, gps units have different formats and methods of transferring raw data. – Mapperz May 18 '12 at 13:30

The best tool for working with GPS-data up- and downloads is GPSBabel ( On that site you will also find examples and documentations. You can use GPSBabel also via a GUI within Quantum GIS. There are also independent GUIs, I know at least that there is one for Linux. If you're using Windows the Installer includes already a GUI (

share|improve this answer

DNR Garmin is free, and it does both tasks (among others). Additionally, if you look around the site, you can find out how to accomplish both with this package. One thing that's very important is that you set the Datum & Zone in DNR Garmin before you tranfer your data. This software also allows you to work with many file formats and has a few other nice functions as well. The nicest things about this package (besides being free) is that it's easy to learn & use.


The comments & questions raised by the other users are quite valid. Some additional details would be helpful in our efforts to assist you. Depending which GPS unit you are using and which software package you need to interface with, DNR Garmin may or may not not be a fit for your needs. I found another link HERE that outlines the compatible software environments as well as some of the known issues. It was last updated 3/5/2012, so this is very current information. It's a very simple task you're trying to accomplish. With a little reading, I'm sure you can sort it out in less than 1 hour.

Best of luck & hope this helps.

share|improve this answer

I use GPS Babel and EasyGPS. Both are free. GPS Babel allows you not only download/upload, but also may conversions that I use often, like gpx to csv, kml etc. Works in Windows, linux and mac. Easy GPS has a more polished interface, supports a variety of gps units but only works in windows. You can only save as gpx. The GUI allows you to manipulate you information in an easy way, in order to edit (points tracks routes), delete (points tracks routes), create (points routes).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.