Following the guidance at, http://docs.qgis.org/html/en/docs/user_manual/working_with_gps/plugins_gps.html I checked my Plugins Manager and verified that GPS Tools is enabled. However, unlike what the reference site indicated, I only have one button on my tool bar--the one for "Create New GPX Layer"; not the one for "GPS Tools", which is used for loading GPS data from a GPS unit.

Any idea why I'm missing that button? Or how I should load data from my GPS unit? (I'm using QGIS 1.8.0 and Windows 7.)

Thanks TVZ

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Select View -> Toolbars from the Menu and check the Vector entry.

The icon looks identical to "Create new GPX Layer".

  • Wonderful! Thanks so much for your patience. My GPS Tools button was hidden and in a different area of the tool bar; but I found it when I clicked on the double-arrow to expand the vector tools. Works great.
    – TVZ
    Feb 20, 2013 at 13:32

According to your question. Please check the screenshot in this I have highlighted few things such as GPS tools button ,Download GPS data etc.

GPS tools found under (Vector--GPS--GPS tools) . Please check this and let us know if you gave any question

If you are new to QGIS then please check following tutorials

Video Tutorial 1 by @underdark

Tutorial 2 by Ujaval Gandhi



  • I'm sorry guys, maybe I'm missing something obvious- The User Guide link says that the plugin creates two tool similar buttons--one for "Create New GPX Layer"; and one for "GPS Tools". Your (Sunil’s) screenshot shows only one such button. However, in your case it’s apparently the GPS Tools button. When I hover over mine, it says “Create New GPX layer”. When I click it, it comes up w/ a “Save new GPX file as” screen. I can’t find anything there relating to GPS tools or the screenshot you provided. Do you have any idea why this might be, or what I might do about it?
    – TVZ
    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:50

I managed to locate the GPS tools in QGIS 3.28.11 (Firenze) and its hidden under Layers' Menu > Data source Manager; Click on Data Source manager as shown in the image below:- enter image description here GPS tools screenshot located under Layer's Menu/Data source Manager

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