How to Convert Gpx to Kmz

By Cory Birdsong

.GPX and .KMZ files are pinpoints on a map, with physical location data saved in a format certain computer programs can understand. .GPX files are one standard format, but .KMZ files are the kind used by Google Earth.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows or Mac OS X computer
  • Google Earth download

Step 1

Download and install Google Earth using the link in the resources section.

Step 2

Launch Google Earth, and close the "Tips" window that pops up.

Step 3

Click on the "File" menu, and select "Open."

Step 4

Click on the drop-down box in the bottom right corner that reads "Google Earth."

Step 5

Select the option that reads "GPS (*.gpx, *.loc, *.mps)."

Step 6

Navigate to the .GPX file using the file browser. Click once to select it, and then click "Open."

Step 7

Click "OK" on the data import box, and wait for the import to complete.

Step 8

Right-click on the imported place under "Temporary Places." It should read "GPS device" or something similar.

Step 9

Select "Save Place As..." from the right-click menu.

Step 10

Type a file name, select a location and click "Save." The .KMZ file should be on your computer now.