Python application to solve the Chinese postman problem
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Chinese postman problem

This is a Python program to solve the Chinese postman problem.

Usage with QGIS

Installation (QGIS 2.x)

Python 2.7 and QGIS 2.x is required for the plugin to run. The plugin may work on QGIS 2.x on Linux, as long as you have Python 2.7 and python-networkx installed.

Download the "Chinese Postman Solver", using the QGIS plugin manager.

Manual Installation - Linux / OSX

  1. Clone this repository.
  2. Run ./

Usage in QGIS

  1. Select the layer for which you want to solve the CPP.
  2. Select the features that you want to use. The "Select Features by Polygon" tool works great if you only want to use a small part of a large network.
  3. Run Plugins -> Chinese Postman -> Chinese Postman.

It should create a new layer with the results.

Command-line Usage


Input data file must be in CSV format, with each row containing the following columns:

  • Start node ID
  • End node ID
  • Segment length in meters
  • Segment name or ID
  • Start longitude, for example 18.4167
  • Start latitude, for example -33.9167
  • End longitude
  • End latitude


Start Node,End Node,Segment Length,Segment ID,Start Longitude,Start Latitude,End Longitude,End Latitude
1,13,57,Segment 1,18.4167,-33.9167,18.6532,-33.8561
13,22,80,Segment 2,18.6532,-33.8561,18.7650,-33.7930

Then run (assuming the file is saved as input.csv):

python --csv path.csv --gpx path.gpx input.csv

The segment ID and GPS coordinates in the input file are not used for any calculations, but are used for the CSV and GPX output.


All code is licensed under The MIT License (MIT).