I mostly followed Creating animated route map in QGIS? for animating a route on QGIS. The main thing I did differently is that I started with a csv with timestamped lat/lon data, converted it to a GPX file using GPS Visualizer and skipped the step for adding timestamps but my animation only shows the current position, not the track.

How do I show the track?

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Steps 1 through 5 of that guide are about creating a time-stamped route. You already have time-stamped data, so those steps are not appropriate for your situation.

Add your CSV into QGIS as a delimited text layer. Proceed from Step 6: Fix Symbology.

  • Thanks for the response, being able to use the csv directly in QGIS saves me a step but doesn't solve my problem. My animation still only shows the location at that instant, not the entire trace. Oct 22, 2019 at 0:02
  • check the box for "accumulate features"
    – csk
    Oct 22, 2019 at 14:05
  • Thanks csk - I just saw that even though I had selected 'no end time - accumulate features' it wasn't checked when I looked through the layer details. I came back to update my comments and see that you had answered it before I got back here. Oct 22, 2019 at 14:35

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