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gpxslicer slices GPX tracks at a given interval or at a list of provided cut points.


The best way to install gpxslicer is via pip: pip install gpxslicer. You can alternatively install it from the source code: python install.


Command line

gpxslicer is primarily intended to be used as a command line tool (with support for redirection and piping data in/out).

gpxslicer -i in.gpx -d 5000 > out.gpx would, for example, take the tracks in infile.gpx, split them at every five kilometers, then pipe the results into out.gpx.

Full description of command line options:

flag command description
-h --help Show the help.
-i --input Specify the input GPX file with tracks to be sliced. If not given, input is read from stdin.
-o --output Specify the output GPX file. If not given, input is written to stdout.
-d --distance Slice tracks at every DISTANCE meters.
-e --external Slice tracks at waypoints found in EXTERNAL file.
-w --waypoints Slice tracks at waypoints found in INPUT.
--no-tracks Do not store sliced tracks in the output. Useful when slicing using -d and only the cut points are of interest.
--no-waypoints Do not store cut points in the output. Useful when slicing using -e or -w so the points are already (approximately) known.
-q --quietly Do not display status messages (that are normally sent to stderr).

Slicing at intervals

When using -d, gpxslicer goes through each track and track segment separately (always restarting the distance counter when a new track or track segment starts in the input file).

Cut points are not interpolated but chosen from available points on the track. Therefore, if there are very few points in the track or the chosen interval is small, there can be a significant variation in the actual length of the cut segments. There should be no major problems with sufficiently many track points and large slice distances.

Slicing at waypoints

When using -e or -w, gpxslicer uses the get_nearest_location method from the GPX class of gpxpy. This finds the point of the tracks stored in the input file that is closest to the given slice point, and then splits the track there. Finally, it duplicates this point into the new track to prevent a gap. When the slice points are very far from the track, there can be unexpected or insensible results.

Note that all waypoints in the gpx file will be used, so any unnecessary waypoints should be removed beforehand.

Python package

The two main functions, slice_gpx_at_points() and slice_gpx_at_interval() can be accessed by

from gpxslicer import slicer
slicer.slice_gpx_at_interval(gpx_data, interval)

Detailed documentation of these functions can be found in the code.


Issue submissions and pull requests are welcome. Simple fixes do not require an issue to be submitted, however, do submit one if your pull request includes a lot of changes or new features.

More info

Read more about this package, including the motivation to write it on my blog.