GPSBabel
GPSBabel
1.6.0

4.3

GPSBabel free download for Mac

GPSBabel1.6.0

21 May 2020

Converts waypoints/tracks/routes from one format to another.

Overview

GPSBabel converts waypoints, tracks, and routes from one format to another, whether that format is a common mapping format like Delorme, Streets and Trips, or even a serial upload or download to a GPS unit such as those from Garmin and Magellan.

By flattening the Tower of Babel that the authors of various programs for manipulating GPS data have imposed upon us, GPSBabel returns to us the ability to freely move our own waypoint data between the programs and hardware we choose to use.

What's new in GPSBabel

Note: Although Finder indicates no version number for this application, the developer refers to it as version 1.6.0.

Note: Now requires OS X 10.12 or later

  • Added read support to GeoJSON
  • Various work for WebKit and WebEngine as distros move (or not) to supported versions of Qt. Rework the way the JNI handles the callbacks between C++ and Javascript for our map.
  • A fix for Geogrid OVL file reads.
  • Numerous enhancements in the interpolation filter fixing altitudes, sub-second times, and times beyond 1970 and 2106.
  • Change the Geocaching KML writer for Google Earthto remove several dead map types (Yahoo, Terraserver, Microsoft Research, StreetView) and securely request resources from Groundspeak HQ's web servers to better play with the web version of Google Earth that can't mix and match secure elements in the same view.
  • Improve handling in NMEA file reader of short sentences, particularly of GPGSA.
  • Major work in Garmin FIT format to handle V2 of these files, improving handling of UTC offsets, handle enhanced speed and enhanced altitude records, handling a VIRB Ultra 30, and fixing other reported bugs.
  • Improve time handling for new UTC/GPS time shifts, adding a command line flag so you can now override without a rebuild.
  • Make IGC better handle damaged input
  • Fix crashes in PCX
  • , improve handling of 'T' and 'R readers', improve date and time reading, parser improvements.
  • Improvements in itrackU and TPO for rich dates and times, removed use of a fixed length buffer, improved test coverage
  • Add Unicode argument support to Windows so arguments can be correctly ingested. Improve use of strings swapping between local 8-bit and UTF-8,
  • Treat Garmin USB and serial
  • devices mostly as Latin1.
  • Correctly read diff and terr from geocaching loc filesThank you, Rick Richardson
  • Synchronized ICAO country codes with Wikipedia #fixme add Linky-links
  • Improvements in ESRI shape files, finally making this format useful without source edits.
  • Fix Google Earth KML writer
  • in realtime track mode. Also add support for Unicode in path and environment variables.
  • Improve handling of UTF-8 in pathnames, command line and internally
  • Improve Google Earth KML handling of on read
  • Improve IGC writerfor more consistent rounding
  • Improve Garmin GPI reader and writer to fix memory leaks, properly encode category , add support for reading GPI files with dual language strings, add support for Unicode page 65001 a.k.a. UTF-8., fixes to the writer to use correct length of multibyte characters,
  • Fix XXXX as position filter could corrupt data structures. Fix where we underestimated speed time when there were multiple waypoints with the same name.
  • Added support for Garmin Fit for version 2.0 developer fields in the definition messages.
  • Finally remove long-deprecated options of -N, -c, and -l
  • Allow unicsv to use all numeric grid references
  • A near rewrite of the xcsv and unicsv readers and writers is well underway. This replaces a lot of finicky C code with implicit character set declarations and length issues with familiar container-based code.
  • Enhance EXIF reader and writer to handle uncompressed thumbnails, rich time, and rational fraction types for higher fidelity
  • Added KML 2.3 track element to the Google Extension gx: version of the same to the Google Earth KML reader and writer
  • Enhance GPX to handle multiple URLs in GPX, KML, and other similar formats
  • Fix xcsv reader
  • to not ignoe LAT_DIR and LON_DIR. This caused Globalsat DG-500 grief.
  • Enhance Garmin FITreader to handle absent speed or altitude. Observed on Garmin Oregon.
  • Fix track filterto not crash if all the tracks were filtered out by the stop options. UTC time is now used in both stop and pack options. Split option now documents that quantities and units are both required.
  • Teach Garmin FIT handlerto add track segment indicators for start button press events, allowing collections to not appear a a single continuous track.
  • Add version 4 and 5 handling to Lowrance USR
  • Many issues in Ozi w.r.t. legacy sloppiness of codecs in the upstream code. Nearly a rewritten module..

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7 Reviews of GPSBabel

3.5
Anonymous
27 August 2004
Version: 1.2.3

Most helpful

I'm confused by this posting dated in late August. The last update was May 1, and the last beta was in July. Also the write-up is way overblown as MacGPSBabel doesn't support two (and there aren't many) Mac program formats--MacGPSPro and HikeTech (TopoDraw/Link2GPS). Also settings are not retained and have to be reset with each launch and in some cases each download. The price is good--free. Not top value because for a little money, one can get a lot more funtionality.That said neither HikeTech nor MacGPSPro are very complete programs. i've yet to try National Geographic Topo.
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5
Jacblac
15 April 2014
Version: 1.5.0
The developer (Robert Lipe) is a quality act, and this new version (2 years in the making), with its 196 pages User Guide, is a jewel. With over a 1,000 downloads within a day after its release, i'm obviously not the only one who appreciates the app. Having donated $16, i hope others will be moved to do what they can.
(0)
Eric•Woehler
16 February 2010
Version: 1.3.7b20100215
Download file corrupted, DMG not able to be opened, can't find alternative DMG file on SourceForge site.
(0)
4
Firemin
29 October 2009
Version: 1.3.7 beta 20090828
GPSBabel has been part of my 'GPS Apps' folder ever since I got a Mac capable GPS. It does what it says: simple conversion of GPS files between formats. Very handy if you need to get data from a proprietary format into one that you can fiddle with, or, for example, convert to kml to view on Google Earth. The "Babel Fish" of GPS apps : )
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4.25
Kirkbot
18 July 2006
Version: 1.3
GPSBabel works wonders... I've enjoyed using it to visualize waypoints and tracks from my garmin legend c in google earth (with out $ubscribing to google earth plus). GPS babel will allow you grab waypoints tracks and routes off your GPS and save them as .kml (keyhole markup language, works with google earth). Also, will allow you to load waypoints you've added in google earth to your GPS (in googleearth save a marker or folder as a .kml, then import in GPSBabel with output as GPS receiver). A ton of GPS formats are convertable, easy to use, free, and i've had no stability issues. Enjoy! Note: When copying to hdd, be sure to include the unix exe and the app (just copy everything over)
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Anonymous
04 August 2005
Version: 1.2.6
I don't see an email address to submit this comment to MacUpdate, but this is GPSBabel (as it says), but not MacGPSBabel which is what would be of interest to readers of this site. The 1.2.6 Mac version doesn't appear to have been released yet, at least it isn't listed on the GPS Babel site. GPSBabel is UNIX, not Mac.
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4.25
Amagine
21 October 2004
Version: 1.2.4
This is a great start for GPS file conversion on the Mac. Great work thank you! Probably the most usefull file format for use beyond the "Mickey Mouse" GPS applications for Mac is the 'deliminated (comma)' format for input into text, spreadsheets, database, and GIS (Canvas 9, GRASS, Pythagoras). To make this app an absolute killer would be: 1. GPS Sample - Produce a sample output from GPS that reads out all information that the GPS is able to output. ie. UTM zone, UTM co-ordinates, Projection, Long/Lat, time/date, Satellite info, waypoint codes, comments, etc. Perhaps depending on the GPS this is hard? 2. From Sample choose the fields and order in which those fields can be output into 'deliminated' format. This would be huge! It would become the killer app for Rec GPS input into GIS. Great work crew! cheers!
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3.5
Anonymous
27 August 2004
Version: 1.2.3
I'm confused by this posting dated in late August. The last update was May 1, and the last beta was in July. Also the write-up is way overblown as MacGPSBabel doesn't support two (and there aren't many) Mac program formats--MacGPSPro and HikeTech (TopoDraw/Link2GPS). Also settings are not retained and have to be reset with each launch and in some cases each download. The price is good--free. Not top value because for a little money, one can get a lot more funtionality.That said neither HikeTech nor MacGPSPro are very complete programs. i've yet to try National Geographic Topo.
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  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
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