I want to import a few .gpx files to postgresql using ogr2ogr. The data in each .gpx looks like this:

<trkpt lat="41.842607000" lon="12.490628000"><ele>40.5</ele><time>2010-05-31T14:12:11Z</time> </trkpt>

Firstly, I create a new table in postgresql

           fid serial NOT NULL, --
           geom geometry(Point,4326), 
           ele double precision, 
           "time" timestamp with time zone, 
           CONSTRAINT activities_pk PRIMARY KEY (fid)

Then when I run the ogr2ogr script:

ogr2ogr -update -append -f "PostgreSQL"  PG:"host="xx" user="xx" dbname="xx" password="xx"" 1st.gpx  -nln test

However, the script failed due to geometry type mismatch.

Warning 1: Geometry to be inserted is of type Multi Line String, whereas the layer geometry type is Point. Insertion is likely to fail ERROR 1: ERROR: Geometry type (MultiLineString) does not match column type (Point)

ERROR 1: INSERT command for new feature failed. ERROR: Geometry type (MultiLineString) does not match column type (Point)

Can anyone help with this?

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    Think you will need to specify a sub dataset in the gpx file, like track, or track points...
    – nmtoken
    Dec 3, 2020 at 6:18
  • well, it does make sense. But how can I specify a sub dataset? There is only lat/lon in the .pgx file.@nmtoken Dec 3, 2020 at 6:24
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    Have you found the documentation of the GDAL gpx driver gdal.org/drivers/vector/gpx.html? There are some examples which could be useful. Ogr2ogr can also take care of the creation of the tables so you do not need to do it.
    – user30184
    Dec 3, 2020 at 7:23
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    What does ogrinfo -so 1st.gpx give you? I expect 1: waypoints (Point), 2: routes (Line String), 3: tracks (Multi Line String), 4: route_points (Point), 5: track_points (Point)
    – nmtoken
    Dec 3, 2020 at 10:05
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    If so you will want to use ... 1st.gpx track_points... in your ogr2ogr, for example I use the following to add gpx points to a GeoPackage ogr2ogr -f GPKG /home/hxxxx/gidataL/GPS/gpsmap64_tracker.gpkg /home/hxxxx/testing/TRACKS/Tracks-toMay7th.gpx track_points -t_srs epsg:27700 -nln Tracks-toMay7th_PTS -update
    – nmtoken
    Dec 3, 2020 at 10:15

1 Answer 1


Thanks, everyone for the hints.

After poring over the documentation here https://gdal.org/drivers/vector/gpx.html

I realise that the .gpx file contains either points(track_points) or lines(tracks) geometry type. I fix the error by adding a SQL query, which explicitly import points only.

ogr2ogr -update -append -f "PostgreSQL"  PG:"host="xx" user="xx" dbname="xx" password="xx"" 1st.gpx  -nln test -sql "Select * From track_points"

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