I have a linestring in a vector layer in QGIS. How can I expot/save this linestring as a GPX file?

I tried to select the linestring, then right click on the vector layer and choose "Save selection as..." and then I choosed GPX format and saved it. But I got this error message:

Export to vector file failed. Error: creation of field code_06 failed (OGR error: Field of name 'code_06' is not supported in GPX schema. Use GPX_USE_EXTENSIONS creation option to allow use of the element.)

The GPX file is created, but it contains no coordinates. Is there any settings I should do to avoid this error?

How can I export a linestring to a GPX file in QGIS?

2 Answers 2


The GPX format does support only a defined list of attributes, so if your vector has any attribute that does not match what the specifications say, you'll get that error.

When you export a vector to a gpx don't expect to have necessarily attributes with the coordinates, nevertheless they are present in the gpx file, example (obtained with QGIS):

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<gpx version="1.1" creator="GDAL 1.7.3" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1/gpx.xsd">
<metadata><bounds minlat="-0.406488549618321" minlon="-1.158778625954199" maxlat="0.674427480916031" maxlon="1.520610687022901"/></metadata>                    
  <rtept lat="0.660687022900763" lon="-1.158778625954199">
  <rtept lat="0.674427480916031" lon="-0.409923664122138">
  <rtept lat="-0.001145038167939" lon="-0.041221374045802">
  <rtept lat="-0.406488549618321" lon="0.453435114503817">
  <rtept lat="0.239312977099237" lon="1.520610687022901">



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    How can I remove the incompatible attributes? e.g. code_06
    – Jonas
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 18:03
  • if your vector is a shapefile then make a copy of the vector and then use the "table manager" plugin do delete columns.
    – gioman
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 18:19
  • I can't find a plugin called "table manager" in QGIS Plugin Manager. Any ideas where I can find this plugin?
    – Jonas
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 19:45
  • In the menu "plugins" click on "fetch python plugins", then add the 3rd party repositories. Eventually set the plugin installer (this is how this tool is called) to show also the "experimental" plugins. Then just filter the plugin by name, select it and click on "install".
    – gioman
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 21:40
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    "Table Manager" allow me to remove the fields. But a new field FID is created all the time. Now I get the same error message but with this field.
    – Jonas
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 22:04

When choosing "Save selection as..." and the dialog Save vector layer as... shows up and I select GPX as format, I also have to check

[x] Skip attribute creation

then the GPX file is generated without any problems.

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    I found it very hard to export a gpx file until I unchecked to export attributes box. Thankyou for your advice. However I would like to know which attributes are supported by the GPX export function. Could you make the answer simple such as for tracks, the following field names are good (Name, Elevation etc). I have read the gpx spec, but am not yet at the point where I can figure out how field names correspond to elements in the xml hierarchy.
    – user5585
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 0:33

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