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MovingPandas implements a Trajectory class and corresponding methods based on GeoPandas.

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You can run MovingPandas examples on MyBinder - no installation required: Binder (These examples use the latest MovingPandas release version.)

To try the cutting-edge dev version, use this MyBinder link.


The official documentation is hosted on ReadTheDocs


Trajectory plots


Stop detection


Trajectory aggregation



MovingPandas for Python >= 3.7 and all it's dependencies are available from conda-forge and can be installed using conda install -c conda-forge movingpandas.

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Note that it is NOT recommended to install MovingPandas from PyPI! If you're on Windows or Mac, many GeoPandas / MovingPandas dependencies cannot be pip installed (for details see the corresponding notes in the GeoPandas documentation). On Ubuntu, pip install fails on cartopy with "Proj 4.9.0 must be installed".

Development Installation

Use the following steps to run the notebooks using the current development version:

Using conda


conda env create -f environment.yml


conda config --add channels conda-forge
conda config --add channels defaults
conda config --set channel_priority strict
conda env create -f environment.yml

On Windows, because conda-forge relies on some package built with defaults blas (like scipy) one must use the defaults channel on top of conda-forge and activate conda's new strict channel feature. Source:

Using Anaconda

  1. Install Anaconda
  2. Clone the movingpandas repository
  3. In Anaconda Navigator | Environments | Import select the movingpandas environment.yml from the cloned directory:


  1. Wait until the environment is ready, then change to the Home tab and install Jupyter notebooks into the movingpandas environment
  2. Launch Jupyter notebooks and navigate to the movingpandas/tutorials directory to execute them
  3. Now you can run the notebooks, experiment with the code and adjust it to your own data

Known issues:

  • On Windows, importing rasterio can lead to DLL errors. If this happens, downgrade the rasterio version to 1.0.13.

Develop mode

To install MovingPandas in "develop" or "editable" mode you may use:

python develop

Contributing to MovingPandas GitHub contributors

All contributions, bug reports, bug fixes, documentation improvements, enhancements and ideas are welcome.

A detailed overview on how to contribute can be found in the contributing guide on GitHub.

Related Python Packages

scikit-mobility is a similar package which also deals with movement data. It implements TrajectoryDataFrames and FlowDataFrames on top of Pandas instead of GeoPandas. There is little overlap in the covered use cases and implemented functionality (comparing MovingPandas tutorials and scikit-mobility tutorials). MovingPandas focuses on spatio-temporal data exploration with corresponding functions for data manipulation and analysis. scikit-mobility on the other hand focuses on computing human mobility metrics, generating synthetic trajectories and assessing privacy risks. Plotting is based on Folium.

Traja extends the capabilitis of Pandas DataFrames specific for animal trajectory analysis in 2D. Plots (static) are based on seaborn.

PyMove provides functionality similar to MovingPandas. It implements PandasMoveDataFrames and DaskMoveDataFrame on top of Pandas and Dask DataFrames. Plotting is based on Folium.

Tracktable is a related Python package with its core data structures and algorithms implemented in C++, i.e. it is not based on Pandas. Plotting is based on Cartopy (for still images) and Folium (for interactive rendering).

Citation information

Please cite [0] when using MovingPandas in your research and reference the appropriate release version. All releases of MovingPandas are listed on Zenodo where you will find citation information, including DOIs.


About MovingPandas

[0] Graser, A. (2019). MovingPandas: Efficient Structures for Movement Data in Python. GI_Forum ‒ Journal of Geographic Information Science 2019, 1-2019, 54-68. doi:10.1553/giscience2019_01_s54.

[1] Graser, A. & Dragaschnig, M. (2020). Exploring movement data in notebook environments. Presented at MoVIS 2020, IEEE VIS 2020.

Referencing MovingPandas

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