In this post, we will be talking about what is a GPX file and how to view it in Windows 10. A GPX (GPS eXchange Format) file is a GPS data file that contains waypoints, routes, and tracks. It is basically an XML schema that stores GPS location data. You can use this type of file for creating a route map for your trips, adding different waypoints in your routes, creating a track for biking or running, etc.
Now, how you can view a file in GPX format on your Windows 10 PC? Let’s find out below!
How to view GPX files in Windows 10
As there is no native app to view a GPX file in Windows 10, you will have to use a third-party application to open and view it. There are multiple free software that you can use to view a GPX file. Here, I am listing 5 free GPX file viewer software that you can use on Windows 10. These are:
- GPX Editor
- Garmin BaseCamp
Let’s talk about these free GPX file viewers in detail!
1] GPX Editor
GPX Editor is a dedicated GPX file viewer and editor software for Windows 10. It comes in a lightweight and portable package that weighs less than 1Mb. It lets you view only GPX files and no other GPS data files.
To view a GPX file, launch this portable freeware and go to File > Open GPX option and browse and import a GPX file. Now, you will be able to view the GPS file on its main interface. You can toggle between different view modes including Preview, PointList, and OpenStreetMap view. In the left side panel, you can view each waypoint in the route. Click on a waypoint and you will be able to view the waypoint’s GPS coordinates.
You can also edit GPX files through this software using features like Add or Edit Waypoints, Merge All Tracks, Remove Empty Tracks, Create route from waypoints, etc. It lets you convert a GPX file to formats including KML, CSV, and HTML. For that, you can use its File > Export function.
Want this software? Download it from sourceforge.net.
2] Garmin BaseCamp
Garmin BaseCamp is a great free GPX file viewer software for Windows 10 and Mac. It is used to create routes and GPS files. You can view GPX and many other GPS data files including FIT, KML, etc. You can open a GPX file in it using its File > Import option. Then, it will show you routes and waypoints from the imported GPX file.
You can view waypoint lists with their longitude, latitude, and altitude. It allows you to edit the GPS file. Some nice features of this free software include create adventures, trip planner, create routes, find addresses, find places on Yelp, find Points of Interest, locate coordinates, etc. Plus, you can even convert GPX files to KML, CSV, and TCX formats using the File > Export option.
EasyGPS is a GPX file viewer software for Windows 10. In it, you can view only GPX files. Use its Open option to browse and import a GPX file. When you import a GPX file, it shows you details and location map in dedicated panels. You can view a list of waypoints, routes, tracks, and more with respective details like longitude, latitude, elevation, distance, label, etc.
It shows a map in Aerial or Street view mode using the OpenStreetMap service. You can also edit a GPX file using its editing tools and features like waypoint, route, track, edit waypoint, delete a waypoint, etc. After making the changes, you can save modifications in the same or a new GPX file.
GPXSee is another good software to view GPX files in Windows 10. It allows you to view different GPS file formats including KML, FIT, TCX, LOC, etc. To view routes from a GPX file, use its File > Open function. The location data can be viewed using different map services that include Open Street Map, Open Topo Map, 4UMaps, Antarctica, USGS Imaginary, etc.
It shows different information contained in a GPX file, such as longitude, latitude, distance, date, time, etc. Plus, you can also view various graphs and statistics. You can export the current view of a GPX file to PDF or PNG file format.
Get it from gpxsee.org.
GpsPrune is an easy-to-use and portable GPX file viewer software for Windows 10. It is a Java-based software and required JRE to be installed on your system to run.
Simply import a GPX file using its File > Open File option. Then, it will display a location map, point details, and other related information. You can also edit waypoints and add new waypoints to the route in a GPX file. Plus, you can add photos and audio clips to the file. It can also be used to view KML and KMZ files.
You can convert a GPX file to KML, POV, or to image format.
That’s about it!
Now read: How to view a FIT file?