How to Convert CSV to GPX

A GPX file is simply a format for storing GPS map data on a computer. Since GPX uses a text-based programming language, however, data best read as a GPX could come as a comma-separated values (CSV) data set. The CSV format was not meant for geographical data, though, so the easiest way to read map data stored in a CSV file is to convert it to GPX. This can be simply done using the free PoiEdit mapping application.

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Download and install PoiEdit from the link in Resources below. The application is free to use, but the programmers encourage donations to support their work.

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Launch the program and click “Create a new poi file” in the start-up window that appears.

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Select “Open” from the File menu when the main screen appears. Select your CSV file and click “Open." You will now see your CSV map data displayed on the screen.

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Go to “Save As” in the File menu and choose the destination folder where you would like to save your GPX.

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Type in your desired file name. Next to the drop-down box marked “Save as type,” choose “GPS exchange Format (*.gpx).”

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Click the “Save” button. To ensure the conversion worked, exit the program and reopen it by double-clicking the GPX file.