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Convert GPX to KML

Before talking about converting from GPX to KML, we give a brief introduction to each format, establishing similarities and differences.

GPX

GPX files establish a standard way for the exchange and storage of map information on GPS devices, smartphones and computers. Due to the GPX format, there is compatibility in the software of a device, which can read data created on different computers.

The GPX specification makes it possible to extend its functionality in such a way that, there are practically no limits on the information that can be displayed there, and therefore, there are no limits for reading through any software.

In any case, an experienced technician can read a GPX file manually using simple text editing programs; you don't need specialized software to decode the information, since it is a plain text file, even containing XML tags.

These files are self-contained, so their format requires only one file to contain all the information required by the software to describe a complete set of map data.

KML

The Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is an XML-based format for storing geographic data, this being an official standard of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

KML is a common format for sharing geographic data with people who do not use the Geographic Information System, as it can be easily sent over the Internet and can be viewed in many free applications, including Google Earth. KML files have a KML extension.

KML can contain both raster and feature elements, including points, lines, polygons, and images, as well as related content such as graphics, drawings, attributes, and HTML.

Convert GPX to KML

On the internet there are various online services to convert from GPX to KML format, for free.

The most popular are:

The steps to follow are identical for each of them:

  1. Upload the GPX file, either from your PC or directly from your mobile device.
  2. Choose the output format, in this case, KML.
  3. Press the convert button.
  4. Download the output file.

Some services also offer the possibility of making modifications or choosing the information to be displayed, before making the conversion.