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BackPackTrack for Android

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WordPress plugin and open source Android application to track and display your journeys


The WordPress plugin extends the WordPress XML-RPC protocol to enable the belonging Android application to create posts and to attach and update GPX files.

The Android application will periodically turn on the GPS of your device and acquire and record your position. You can make waypoints on important locations, which you can optionally reverse geocode when you have an internet connection. Android 2.1 or higher is required.

During or after your journey, you can create and upload a GPX file to your WordPress weblog. The first upload creates a draft post with the title of your journey and a hyperlink to the generated GPX file. Subsequent uploads will only update the GPX file.

The Android application is designed for low power and offline use. If you want to continuously track your position, you can better use My Tracks, although this application doesn't have an option to upload GPX files to your weblog.

Please report any issue you have with this plugin here, so I can at least try to fix it.


Using the WordPress dashboard

  1. Login to your weblog
  2. Go to Plugins
  3. Select Add New
  4. Search for BackPackTrack for Android
  5. Select Install
  6. Select Install Now
  7. Select Activate Plugin


  1. Download and unzip the plugin
  2. Upload the entire backpacktrack-for-android/ directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress

Next steps

  1. Enable XML-RPC (WordPress menu > Settings > Writing > Remote Publishing > XML-RPC > Check and Save Changes)
  2. Install and setup the Android application
  3. Install and setup the XML Google Maps plugin

To setup the Android application you should fill in your weblog address (URL) with trailing slash and your user name and password using the options of the application.

Other application options:

  • Tracking interval: the time between acquiring positions (default every 30 minutes)
  • Fix timeout: the maximum time to wait for a GPS fix (default 300 seconds)
  • Max. wait: the time to wait for an accurate position (default 60 seconds)
  • Min. accuracy: tracking will stop after this accuracy has been reached (default 20 meters)
  • Geocode count: the number of addresses to show when reverse geocoding (default 5 addresses)


See here

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you create this plugin and application?

Read here why.

Where can I download the Android application?

This is the direct download link to the latest version on the github project page.

Why does the time of the locations differ from the clock time?

Because the clock time of your device differs from the GPS time.

What do the numbers after the track name mean?

The first number is the number of waypoints and the second number is the number of trackpoints.

Where can I ask questions, report bugs and request features?

You can report issues here.