Strava command line utility to output Strava data in various formats
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Strava KML File Generator


This project contains a command line application bin/strava.js that will generate KML files suitable for import into Google Earth. The application uses the Strava V3 APIs to retrieve your information and outputs two types of information:

  • Your activities, color coded by activity type, and optionally including a description
  • Your efforts for segments that you have starred in Strava, optionally including a description that lists all your times


The application bin/strava.js is written in javascript for node, requiring that you install nodejs, this application and it's dependent libraries on your computer. You will also need to obtain your own Strava ID, secret and access token from Strava, then add these to a JSON-encoded settings file.

  • Install node.
  • Install and use git to clone or download a zip of this project
  • Run cd strava; npm install to install nodejs library dependencies
  • Obtain your Strava ID, secret and access token
  • Look up your Strava Athlete ID. You can find your Athlete ID by going to your Strava dashboard, and clicking on “My Profile”. Your ID will be shown in the address bar.
  • Create the file $HOME/.strava/settings.json as show below.
  • Run the application with bin/strava.js --help
    "client": {
        "id": 012,
        "secret": "ab123...0f",
        "token": ""
    "athleteId": 3456,

    "lineStyles": {
        "Commute": { "color": "C03030C0", "width": 4 },
        "Run": { "color": "C000FF00", "width": 4 }


  1. bin/strava.js will try to resolve the location of .strava/settings.json by resolving $HOME. $HOME is resolved by trying, in order, the ENV variables HOME, HOMEPATH and USERPROFILE.
  2. athleteId may be specified in the settings file or on the command line.
  3. The settings file's lineStyles object allows you to customize colors for segments and routes. The keys in this object are Strava Activity types, and the values include KML line color ('aabbggrr', alpha, blue, green, red hex values) and width. There are additional keys for 'Segment' and 'Commute' that are not in the list of Strava activity types.

Strava Command Line Application

> bin/strava.js --help

  Usage: strava.js [options]


    -h, --help                 output usage information
    -V, --version              output the version number
    -i, --id <athleteId>       Athlete ID. Defaults to value of athleteId in $HOME/.strava/settings.json (this value is 6355)
    -u, --athlete              Show athlete details
    -b, --bikes                Show list of bikes
    -g, --friends [opt]        Show athlete friends list (set opt to 'detailed' for a complete summary, otherwise id and name are returned)
    -d, --dates <dates>        Comma separated list of activity date or date ranges in format '20141231-20150105',20150107
    -s, --start <days>         Add activities from this many days ago (alternate way to specify date ranges)
    -e, --end <days>           End day, used with --start
    -k, --kml <file>           Create KML file for specified date range
    -a, --activities [filter]  Output activities to kml file, optionally filtering by activity type (as defined by Strava, 'Ride', 'Hike', 'Walk', etc), plus 'commute' and 'nocommute')
    -s, --segments [opts]      Output starred segments to KML, adding efforts within date range to description if --more. Segments are grouped into folders by location unless opts is set to 'flat'.
    -m, --more                 When generating KML file, include additional detail info in KML description field
    -y, --imperial             Use imperial units
    -v, --verbose              Verbose messages

This command line application can be used to query Strava and:

  • Return details for an athlete
  • Return your list of bikes (currently not working)
  • Generate a KML file that contains activity routes for the range of dates and/or starred segments and corresponding segment efforts within the date range.


  • Different activity types are rendered using different colors, using the colors defined by lineStyle in the settings file. A default set of colors is defined in defaultLineStyles in the file lib/kml.js.
  • There is a Strava limit of 200 activities per call, so for date ranges that include more than 200 activities, only the first 200 activities are returned.

Example Command Line Use

Create a KML file for the past five days of activities. Use imperial units, and add detailed descriptions to each activity.

bin/strava.js --start 5 --kml ~/tmp/activities.kml --activities --more  --imperial

Create a KML file that includes all activities for the first half of 2013. Add detailed descriptions to each activity.

bin/strava.js --date 20130101-20130630 --kml ~/tmp/activities.kml --activities --more

Create a KML file that shows all of your starred segments and lists your times for those efforts.

bin/strava.js --date 20100101-20141231 --kml ~/tmp/activities.kml --segments --more

KML Description

Using --more will result in a description field being added to the KML activity or segment. For activities this will include the following fields (see notes afterwards):

  Distance: 45.28 km
  Total Elevation Gain: 1507 m
  Moving Time: 03:47:41
  Average Temp: 22°C
  Grizzly Flat Fire Road: 00:23:08
  Tires: Knobbies
  Description: 1 garter snake, 1 banana slug, 1 deer, lots of California Salamanders


  1. The Strava description field is parsed. Any key/value pairs, represented by a line containing a string of the form Tires=Knobbies, will result in a separate line being added to the description output.
  2. For segments, using --more will add some basic information about the segment and add an ordered list of efforts you've made for that segment during the specified date range.


The stravaV3api.js file is originally from mojodna and has been modified.


  • Handle paginated data, in other words, requests that exceed 200 activities.
  • I started working on a PDF report generator, however I have barely begun this effort and may or may not ever complete it. It is at bin/pdfgen.js.