GPX: the GPS Exchange Format

Temporary Change to GPX Schema Location

Oct 13, 2023 - HTTP requests for the GPX 1.1 schema are temporarily being 301-redirected to HTTPS. This is being done to surface any issues with GPX implementations or validation procedures that rely on the schema living at a fixed location. If your product or validation process has been impacted by this change, please let us know, either via the GPX Developers Mailing List, or by contacting Dan Foster directly.

What is GPX?

GPX (the GPS Exchange Format) is a light-weight XML data format for the interchange of GPS data (waypoints, routes, and tracks) between applications and Web services on the Internet.

Current Status

The GPX 1.1 schema was released on August 9, 2004. GPX has been the de-facto XML standard for lightweight interchange of GPS data since the initial GPX 1.0 release in 2002. GPX is being used by hundreds of software programs and Web services for GPS data exchange, mapping, and geocaching.

GPX for Developers

If you're a developer, read how GPX can help your application or web service.

View the official GPX 1.1 Schema.

Read the GPX 1.1 Documentation.

Learn how to validate your GPX output.

View the official GPX 1.1 Schema.

GPX is an open development effort. To participate in the future development of GPX or to ask questions about GPX, join the GPX Developers Mailing List.

User Benefits of GPX

If you own a GPS, find out how GPX is helping to make all your favorite applications work together.


To ask questions about the GPX format or propose changes, please join the GPX Developers Mailing List.