Finding Your Way with GpsDrive

Lots of tools can plot your position on a map, but this one displays your friends' positions, enables multiple map sources, and more.
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GpsDrive is an excellent tool for displaying the positions of one or more GPS receivers in real time. It is suitable for several applications, from fun stuff like tracking a Sunday afternoon's exploration to serious work like search and rescue.

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Charles Curley ( teaches Linux at two Wyoming colleges. He also writes software and articles and books, using open-source software tools such as Emacs.



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gpsdrive street level routing data

George Beranek's picture

Wouldn't the files freely available at provide an open source of street-level routine data?
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gpsdrive street level routing data

Tim's picture

Nice if you live in the US! Here you have to pay for those sort of maps.

http:/ has a project running to produce free streetmap data & it needs gps tracks and people with local knowledge. Please take a look to see how all of us can help by working on where we live, work or visit.

How to load the nasa map?

Anonymous's picture

I've read the README, but I can't seem to get the nasa satellite map to load. Maybe a bit of help from you (since you got it to work) would be valuable for people reading this article. These are the steps I took:

1. Downloaded MOD09A1.E.interpol.cyl.retouched.topo.3x21600x21600.gz
2. gunzipped it, and moved it to ~/.gpsdrive/nasamaps/top_nasamap_east.raw
3. Start gpsdrive, and "misc menu" -> "maps" -> "import map"
4. I've tried various combinations of coords and screen x/y values, but every time I "browse filename" during step 1, I get a "mapfile could not be loaded".

This is using gpsdrive 2.09 _without_ a gps receiver attached... just in simulation mode. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


phong's picture

i want to get maps to study

This is APRS like.

n8xja's picture

Well, sort of. This is sort of APRS like. APRS is a ham radio "automatic position reporting system" that has been around for some time now (see and for an interesting application: In the bowles of the sites, you can find maps that may be compatable. The main feature aprs has that we don't have here, are that positions in APRS can be sent via ham radio, and there are other thing aprs will do such as 2 way messaging, and that arps is also suitable to aid in disaster situations. I am not saying that one is the better than the other, rather, both has had some good development and both systems may be able to benefit from the work already done on the other.