In this guide, I’ll show you how to generate GPX file of a travel route with Google Maps. You can import this file to any GPS viewer, Google Earth, or Navigation apps that support the GPX file or GPS exchange format. A gpx file carries waypoints, routes, and tracks of the location, and it can be useful for your trips and outdoor activities.

Google Maps is an excellent turn-by-turn navigation service, and it is available on Android smartphones, iPhones, and desktop PCs. If you want to use Google Maps data (GPS data) on another application or device, and don’t know how to create it within Google Maps, then this guide will help you.

Google Maps tips

You can make GPS data (GPX file) of your route or location using Google Maps. However, keep in mind that we need to rely on third-party service to convert Maps data into the GPX file.

Steps to Generate GPX File of Your Route Map

1. First, go to Google Maps website on your computer and plan your route.
2. To create route data, choose your starting point and destination on Google Maps. Click Options to make changes in the route preferences.

Create a route data in Google Maps
Create a route data in Google Maps


3. Now, click on the Hamburger menu at the top left corner of Maps.
4. Choose Share or embed the map option. It’ll create a URL to your route data.

Create your route URL for sharing
Create your route URL for sharing

5. Click on the Copy Link button to copy the URL of your route map.

Route URL for converting into GPX file
Copy your route URL for converting into GPX file

6. Next, go to the Maps to GPX website, paste the URL into the text field, and click the Let’s Go button.
Maps to GPX service convert the URL into the GPX file.

Convert your route data into GPX file
Convert your route data into GPX file

You have now successfully created a GPX file for your travel route. You can import this file into any app or service you wish to use.

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Kannan
Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.

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  1. This worked with a Zumo XT2 when GPS Visualizer didn’t. I don’t have an SD card as of yet and I was able to load the file into the device storage and import it as a route. It was a little tricky to figure it out on the Zumo as there are 3 routes, home to home, home straight to final destination and the entire route which the Zumo calls a “track”. Much different than my 25 year old Nuvi. I used MS Streets and Trips for years but I lost the software and was looking for a way to use Google Maps to plan routes on a big screen.
    Thanks a bunch!

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