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- Use it
- Protocol documentation
The TomTom Multi-Sport and Runner are nice GPS watches and quite affordable, but they suffer from subpar official software. There is no official desktop app for interfacing wirelessly with the TomTom GPS watches, (only for Android and iPhone).
Now you can use
ttblue to download your activites wirelessly and
keep the QuickFix GPS ephemeris data up-to-date.
You need to be running a recent Linux kernel, with a Bluetooth 4.0 adapter
supporting Bluetooth Low Energy.
Many newer PCs include built in Bluetooth 4.0 adapters; if you need one, I've had
good success with this $6
which works out-of-the-box with the
btusb driver from recent Linux
$ sudo apt-get install libbluetooth-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libpopt-dev
gcc should be straightforward:
$ make $ make setcap # requires sudo/root access
To fix the issue with very slow file transfers, the
most secure solution I've been able to come up with so far is to give
the binary elevated capabilities as discussed
make setcap will do this automatically or you can do it manually as
sudo setcap 'cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin+eip' ttblue
(Note that this is more secure than giving the binary setuid root permissions, because it only allows root-like privileges for these specific capabilities.)
For initial pairing, you'll need to go to the Phone|Pair New menu on the watch.
For subsequent reconnection, ensure that Phone|Sync is enabled, and you may need to "wake up" the device's BLE radio by pressing a few buttons.
Try the following command line:
./ttblue -a [-d <bluetooth-address>] [-c <pairing-code>] [-s <activity-store>]
bluetooth-addressis the MAC address of your TomTom GPS watch, for example
E4:04:39:17:62:B1. If not specified,
ttbluewill attempt to scan for BLE devices, and try to connect to the first one matching TomTom's vendor ID (
pairing-codeis a previously-used pairing code (can be from one of the "official" TomTom mobile apps). If left blank,
ttbluewill try to create a new pairing.
ttblueto download all activities and update QuickFixGPS.
--activity-storeoption specifies a location for
.ttbinactivity files to be output (current directory is the default).
As invoked above,
ttblue will download your activity files (saved as
0091000n_YYYYMMDD_HHmmSS.ttbin), and attempt to download the
QuickGPSFix update and send it to the watch. (You can then use
to convert the TTBIN files to GPX/TCX format.)
$ ./ttblue -a -d E4:04:39:17:62:B1 -c 123456 Opening L2CAP LE connection on ATT channel: src: 00:00:00:00:00:00 dest: E4:04:39:17:62:B1 Connected to HC4354G00150. maker : TomTom Fitness serial : HC4354G00150 user_name : Lenski model_name: Runner model_num : 1001 firmware : 1.8.42 rssi : -90 dB Setting PHONE menu to 'dlenski-ultra-0'. Found 1 activity files on watch. Reading activity file 00910000 ... 11: read 55000 bytes from watch (1807/sec) Saved 55000 bytes to ./00910000_20150801_123616.ttbin Deleting activity file 00910000 ... Updating QuickFixGPS... Last update was at at Sat Aug 1 04:11:03 2015. Downloading http://gpsquickfix.services.tomtom.com/fitness/sifgps.f2p3enc.ee?timestamp=1439172006 Sending update to watch (32150 bytes)... 7: wrote 32150 bytes to watch (1891/sec)
There's also a fairly rudimentary "daemon" mode wherein
loops over and over (by default it waits an hour to retry after a
successful connection, but only 10 seconds after a failed one), and a
--post option to specify a command to be run on each
.ttbin file (see
for an example):
$ ./ttblue -a --daemon -d e4:04:39:17:62:b1 -c 123456 -s ~/ttbin -p ttbin2strava.sh
Why so slow?
By default, Linux (as of 3.19.0) specifies a very intermittent connection interval for BLE devices. This makes sense for things like beacons and thermometers, but it is bad for devices that use BLE to transfer large files because the transfer rate is directly limited by the BLE connection interval.
If you run as
root or if you
ttblue binary elevated capabilities, it will attempt to set the minimum connection interval (7.5 ms) and activity file downloads will proceed much faster (about 1800 B/s
vs. 500 B/s for me).
Unfortunately, elevated permissions are required to configure this feature of a BLE connection. For gory details, see this thread on the BlueZ mailing list.
- More command line options?
- Real config file?
- Better daemon mode that actually puts itself in the background and writes output to a log file?
- Integrate with
ttwatchwhich already does all these things, but over USB?
tt_bluetooth.md for reverse-engineered protocol documentation.
@ryanbinns did a lot of the heavy
lifting by writing his excellent
ttwatch utility to sync with
TomTom GPS watches over USB, and in the process documenting the
ttbin binary format of the activity files, as well as many of the
internal data structures of the units.
@Grimler91 for adding support for TomTom GPS watches using the "v2" protocol. (Spark, Runner v2, etc.)
I'd like to license it as GPLv3 or later, but it uses snippets from the BlueZ source which are GPLv2 so... let's call it GPLv2 or later?
By Dan Lenski <firstname.lastname@example.org> © 2015