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Import of Tracks and Routes


Import is used when you want to work with tracks or routes from outside of Locus - websites, apps, add-ons etc. Either you choose the data yourselves or Locus Map receives them.

1. Launch import

There are a few ways:

  • Tracks & routes manager > > Import
  • Tracks & routes manager > folder menu > Import - imports directly into the selected folder

2. Select the file to import

Locus file browser opens the last used memory drive. Importable files are in full color and are clickable (more about supported formats see below). Long-press one file to display the multi-select option. It is possible to import more files at once:
You can sort the files by name, size and creation date:
Other available drives can be selected by tapping the entry button in the file path:

  • Local - the content of the device's internal storage.

    Android 11+

    Since Android 11 Locus Map is not permitted to access the whole internal storage. Therefore there are two other options:

    • Main directory - contents of Locus main app directory
    • Device storage - system file browser is launched for selecting the file.
  • Dropbox - contents of your Dropbox. Dropbox login is required when using the drive for the first time. Logout option is included (see top bar menu).
  • Google Drive - contents of your Google Drive. Google Drive login is required when used for the first time. Logout option is included (see top bar menu).
  • OneDrive - contents of your OneDrive. OneDrive login is required when used for the first time. Logout option is included (see top bar menu).
  • Remote file - a field for inserting a URL of a remote file stored on the internet

3. Select where to import

After selecting the file or receiving it from some external application or add-on Locus Map analyses it and modifies the import dialog according to the content - the dialog can process points or tracks or both of them at once.

Track import dialog

Appears when the imported file contains just tracks:

  • topbar displays the file name
  • Folder selector - select the folder into which the file will be imported. You can create a new folder directly from the menu. If you start importing from a folder action menu in the Tracks manager it is already pre-selected.
  • Delete other tracks in folder - removes all other tracks from the selected folder before the import
  • Use style of the folder - the imported track will take color, thickness, pattern, etc. defined for the folder it is imported to
  • Display only (not save) - tracks are just displayed on the map screen - useful for a quick preview of the imported file
  • Show on the map after import - displays imported tracks on the map when the import is finished
  • Update elevation - adds or updates the value of imported tracks' elevation (both only if the offline elevation data is available)
  • Cancel - aborts the action
  • Import - confirms the action

Supported file formats

Locus Map tracks import supports following file formats:

  • KML and KMZ

Supported both for Import and Export

Keyhole Markup Language is XML based plain text format with really wide range of usage. Since the version 2.2 KML format is standardized by OGC so it is used by many web/desktop/mobile applications as well as Locus Map.

  • GPX

Supported both for Import and Export

GPS eXchange format is an XML based text format used for handling points, tracks and routes. Locus fully supports all valid tags. More detailed description of GPX format is available on this Wikipedia page.

  • TCX

Supported both for Import and Export

Training Center XML is a data exchange format introduced as part of Garmin's Training Center product. The XML is similar to GPX since it exchanges GPS tracks, but treats a track as an Activity rather than simply a series of GPS points. TCX provides standards for transferring heart rate, running cadence, bicycle cadence, calories in the detailed track. It also provides summary data in the form of laps.

  • GeoJSON

Supported for Import only

GeoJSON is an open standard format designed for representing simple geographical features, along with their non-spatial attributes, based on JavaScript Object Notation.

manual/user_guide/tracks/import.txt · Last modified: 2023/07/14 11:37 by mstupka