[FWTools] Convert GPX to shapefile

Jeff Bullard jeffbullard2000 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 11 21:30:55 EDT 2007

I supppose you are right there is not much interest
else it would be done already.  Mostly the interest
for GPX to shp exists among hikers/backpackers and
hobbyists. Most of these folks are not technical like
the GIS programmers around here.

My personal interest in GPX/shp is for a National Park
website, where users can upload&download their GPX
tracks/routes and render them along with other GIS
data about the park such as topography. 

My Python script is working but I haven't a clue how
to share it with other folks because it depends on
GDAL and OGR, which is a hurdle for the common user. 

Sorry for the attitude - I'll just have to develop my
programming skills and do this one myself.


--- Mateusz Loskot <mateusz at loskot.net> wrote:

> Jeff Bullard wrote:
> > GPSBabel does not handle shapefiles (check their
> > website).
> Yes, I know, but it does export to GPX (from many
> GPS formats, KML, etc.).
> > I have read that some folks are using
> > GPSBabel in conjunction with GRASS or possibly
> QGis to
> > create the shapefile.
> Implicitly, I was thinking about using gpx2shp
> http://gpx2shp.sourceforge.jp/
> 1. GPSBabel converts from X format to GPX
> 2. gpx2shp converts from GPX to SHP
> > I tried both GPSBAbel and gpx2shp.  GPSBabel
> doesn't
> > support shapefile and gpx2shp gives error messages
> and
> > is out of development.
> There is source code of gpx2shp available, so anyone
> can grab it
> and continue development.
> If there isn't anyone interested, may be people does
> not care
> about GXP to SHP export, I may only suppose.
> > You say its not desirable to have another tool for
> > that purpose, but I challenge anyone to name a
> single
> > working tool that will accomplish this.
> Yes, I said that, but I wasn't aware of any problems
> with gpx2shp.
> It simply worked for me when I tried some time ago.
> Obviously, if this tool does not work well, the
> situation has changed.
> Cheers
> -- 
> Mateusz Loskot
> http://mateusz.loskot.net

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