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How to import CSV/TSV files?

The application allows you to import landmarks (waypoints, routes, tracks, areas) from .CSV, .TSV and more generally delimiter-separated values files and display them on the map:

  • Click on the Landmarks menu icon and on Explore landmark . The default landmark folder is listed;
  • Select the folder in which the file to import is located. If needed, click on the top left drawer menu to list the main folders of your device. For example, click on My downloads to select the folder /storage/emulated/0/Download/.


Once the file to import is displayed , click on it to display the import settings :

  • If needed, click on Folder to import the file in the current folder instead of the default import folder;
  • If needed, click on Charset to select the file charset if it's different from the device charset;
  • If needed, click on Landmark to select the type of landmark to create from the imported locations;
  • If needed, click on Separator to select the column separator character;
  • If needed, click on Location format to select the coordinates format of the file;
  • If needed, un-check Headers in first row if the first line of the file is not used to store headers (column labels);
  • For each column, click on the assignment button to select a corresponding type (you must select at least a Coordinates column or a Latitude / Y and a Longitude / X column);

Some of the columns may already be assigned since the application tries to detect them from the headers.


When you've assigned an import type to all the columns you want, click on Ok to start the import. In this example, the application will read the location longitudes from the first column, the latitudes from the second one, and the names from the third column.

Wait some time for the file to be imported (which depends on the file size). When it's done, you can:

  • Select Browse to list the content of the imported file, for example to display only few items;
  • Select Display to display the entire file content on the map.


How to export CSV/TSV files?

To export a landmark in a .CSV or .TSV file and use it in an external application:

  • Click on a displayed landmark on the map (here for example a set of waypoints) and on its name ;
  • Select Export as… ;

In the list of available export formats, select CSV for comma-separated values, or TSV for tabulation-separated values.


In the export settings, select all the columns you want to export , and click on Ok to export the landmark.

Among available fields (depending on what is recorded in the exported landmark), you'll find:

  • Longitude and Latitude, the coordinates of the points in the WGS84 (GPS) datum;
  • Coordinates, the coordinates of the points in another datum you can select;
  • Elevation, the elevations of the points, either in the WGS84 (GPS) datum or in the EGM96 (Geoid) reference;
  • Time, the dates and times recorded of the points in millisecond (unix time format);
  • Accuracy, the accuracies of the points in meters, with a 68% confidence;
  • Pressure, the pressures recorded of the points, in hectopascal (hPa);
  • Distance from the center, the distances from the current map center of the points, in meter (m).

Once the landmark has been exported, the full path of the exported file is displayed.

  • Click on Open to open the file with a compatible application installed on your device;
  • Click on Share to share the file (send it as email, upload it on Dropbox, etc.), available actions depend on the applications installed on your device;
  • Click on Ok to close the dialog.

Be careful when trying to access the exported file from a computer using an USB cable, Android takes time to update the file list of your device, and newly created ones may not be immediately visible.


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