Download OSM data around a GPX track
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Download OSM data from a coordinate box or around a gpx file track. When not disabled, also the topographic data will be created.



For topographic map data a patched version of phyghtmap is required (see below)


Bounding Box Mode:
Supply with two set of coordinates (like from Google Map's LatLng marker) and the box will be fetched from OSM.
Example: osmfromtrack data 61,001 22,758 60.948 22.871

GPX File Mode:
Extract the map bounding box from a GPX track file. The supplied file is read and all track points of the following format are considered:
<trkpt lat="50.9816789999999" lon="14.075968"/>

All points are read and a margin of 5km in all directions is applied to calculate the bounding box.

To download the OSM map data to a Garmin eTrex30 (or compatible) device use the tool etrex30, available from

etrex30 can also be called from within osmfromtrack.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 as published by the Free Software Foundation.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Topographic Map Configuration for Debian

See also

To create a topographic map you need the tool phyghtmap. If you don't want this, just use the command line option "--no-topo"

For the current version 1.43-1 you also need to apply the following patch to being able to set the hgt cache directory:
If not wanted, just remove the line
from the execute_cmd code

Another patch (currently unreleased) is required to invoke etrex30 from within.
For now, remove the following line
"--verbatim-output-name" ], # phyghtmap improvement not to mangle the file name
(and replace by a single "]," )

How to setup phyghtmap with debian (other OS may vary)

  • Get DEB packet of phyghtmap from
  • Install, e.g.
    sudo dpkg -i phyghtmap_1.43-1_all.deb
  • For Version 1.43 you manually need to repair some things
  • If you get the error
    File "/usr/bin/phyghtmap", line 5, in <module>
    from pkg_resources import load_entry_point
    ImportError: No module named pkg_resources
    Solution: sudo aptitude install python-pkg-resources
  • If you get the error
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/", line 584, in resolve
    raise DistributionNotFound(req)
    pkg_resources.DistributionNotFound: phyghtmap==1.43
    • cd ../../python2.7/dist-packages/
    • sudo ln -s ../../python2.6/dist-packages/phyghtmap
    • sudo ln -s ../../python2.6/dist-packages/phyghtmap-1.43.egg-info/

A sample call as done by osmfromtrack:
phyghtmap --area=9.755300:47.478000:9.804400:47.502600 --step=50 -o srtmtest \
--line-cat=400,100 --jobs=2 --viewfinder-mask=1

Configuration can be done at the top of osmfromtrack file, look for 'topo_opts' .