I'm pretty new to using QGIS and I'm curious about how to import and export GPS points created in QGIS. I have QGIS 2.0.1 Dufour on Windows XP and a Garmin 62s. Any suggested walk throughs would be great.

  • Salut, J'ai formaté mon Gps garmin 62sc avec caméra sans le savoir. Quand j'ai envie d'enregistrer les coordonnées géographiques on me dit Database error. Veuillez m'aider pour réparer ça Feb 26, 2019 at 20:41
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The Garmin GPSMap 62 series should mount like a flash drive when you plug it into a USB port. There are a number of directories on the drive, and to view points and lines you copy GPX files into one of the directories.

  1. Export your points from QGIS as a GPX file:
    • 'Save As', selecting GPX as the export format, and in the 'Data source' field you put GPX_USE_EXTENSIONS=yes.
    • See this answer for more information.
  2. Copy the resulting GPX file into the E:\Garmin\GPX folder (substitute E for whatever drive letter Windows assigns).


  • Waypoint names will be taken from a name field, if available; make sure your QGIS vector file has this field (text, 12 characters).
  • You could use Garmin Mapsource (came on the CD with the GPS) to do the same job, but why let a proprietary system manage your data for you?

Simbamangu's instructions didn't work for me right away, at least not with GPSmap64, because my points in QGIS were in a projected coordinate system. So, when you save as, choose WGS84 from the geographic coordinate systems as the coordinate system for the exported GPX file. You can also choose gpxx as a namespace for the GPX file instead of the default OGR, as that's what Garmin uses, but that doesn't necessarily matter (I didn't really test it).


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