If you are programming in python, you might want to import your GPS tracks (taken with a GPS device or your mobile phone and tracking app) into a GeoDataFrame. It’s easy to import the tracks of all GPX files of a given folder.
import geopandas as gpd import os folder = "gpx/"
I want a GeoDataFrame with 2 columns: 1) file name and 2) geometry of the track.
# Create empty GeoDataFrame track = gpd.GeoDataFrame(columns=['name', 'geometry'], geometry='geometry')
Try to open all gpx files in folder. Geopandas uses fiona to open/parse gpx. The layer “tracks” only contains the track
without waypoints/timestamps (good enough for plotting maps).
for file in os.listdir(folder): if file.endswith(('.gpx')): try: gdf = gpd.read_file(folder + file, layer='tracks') track = track.append(gdf[['name', 'geometry']]) except: print("Error", file) track.sort_values(by="name", inplace=True) track.reset_index(inplace=True, drop=True)
Now you can plot, edit or export your GeoDataframe.
# Save tracks as Shapefile track.to_file(folder + 'track.shp') # Simple plot track.plot()