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Tracks

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Overview​

Track on the map is user recorded trip or plan route with makred points on it or not. OsmAnd track file has gpx-format.

You can add / create tracks to / in OsmAnd in these ways:

All tracks in the application are stored in the Menu β†’ My Places β†’ Tracks.

Abilities to manage tracks in OsmAnd:

  • Enable and disable tracks on the map.
  • Configuring track appearance, editing and analyzing.
  • Using for navigation.

OsmAnd has no limit on the number of tracks to store and display.

There are three options to display Tracks on the map:

Formats: OsmAnd uses GPX format for tracks and points.
Import: the app can import GPX, KML, KMZ formats of tracks and points.

Track on the map

Create / Edit Track​

Coordinate input​

⚠️ Android only
This feature is currently not available for the iOS version of the OsmAnd app.

A simple and fast tool for creating points by specifying geographic coordinates. Read how to add points by coordinates: By Coordinate input

Record track​

Use the OsmAnd Trip recording Plugin and special widgets to record your tracks. Trip recording (Android) or Track recording (iOS) plugin is a special tool designed to record your routes, movements, and workouts. This feature allows you to reuse, modify, update, and share your tracks with friends.

Edit tracks with Plan a route​

Plan a route tool.

Add waypoint​

Waypoints are one kind of point available on the map. The description is in the article Points on the map. In general, waypoints are track points that are part of GPX files. They can be added to the currently recorded track or to any track from your My Places β†’ Tracks list using the Map Context Menu. Waypoints are automatically displayed if the selected track is enabled on the map.

To create a waypoint use a long-tap on the map at any chosen location. In the opened Map Context Menu you can set information about the waypoint.

  1. Add the name of the waypoint, the address of the selected place and a description for it.
  2. Select Group.
  • You can select previously created categories of groups or create a new one.
  • For a new group (in the application it is also called a new category) of waypoints you create a name and an appearance. The icon, its color and shape will be used for all new waypoints added to the group.
  1. Appearance setting:
  • Icon from the list: Default, Special, Amenity, Transport, Service, Symbols, Sport, Emergency, Travel, Nautical, Education, Industrial.
  • Color of the icon.
  • Shape of the icon: Circle, Octagon, Square.
  1. Replace another point with this, if you need to.

Add waypoint Add waypoint

note

You can also add a waypoint as a Quick action: Add track waypoint.

Display custom GPX tags​

Waypoint format description​

OsmAnd records tracks and their included waypoints to a GPX file format according to the following structure: file > track > segments > points. Available tags and descriptions of their parameters can be found in the Recorded GPX file section of the Trip recording plugin article.

GPX file of a recorded track

Waypoint and Favorites​

General settings such as adding a point to the track, editing, adding to markers, and others are similar to the settings for Favorite points. Read more in the Favourites article.

Waypoints folder​

You can configure available waypoint folders in the Tracks Context menu: show on map, rename, change appearance, add to markers, copy to favorites or delete. A detailed description is in this article.

My Places menu​

Actions​

Menu β†’ My Places β†’ Tracks

My places tracks Android

  • "+" button - allows to import GPX track from device storage.
  • "earth" button - opens Add point menu for adding points by inputting coordinates.
  • "map" button - allows to choose tracks for showing its on the map.
  • "πŸ—‘" button - allows to choose tracks for deleting.
  • "⟳" button - allows to refresh tracks list.
  • "OSM editing" button - allows you to upload the selected track to the OSM.

Tap the "πŸ”" button at the top of the device screen to open the track list sorting menu.

My places tracks seaching function Android

Sort​

⚠️ Android only
This feature is currently not available for the iOS version of the OsmAnd app.

Tap the "sort" button at the top of the device screen to open the track list sorting menu tool.

My places tracks sort function Android My places tracks sort 1 function Android

Sort menu:

  • Last modified - sorting tracks in the list by last modified.
  • Name: A – Z - sorting tracks in the list by name A β†’ Z.
  • Name: Z – A - sorting tracks in the list by name Z β†’ A.

Import / Export track​

Import track​

There are two variants for importing a track file in OsmAnd. The first is importing by clicking on a track file, the second is by My Places menu action.

  1. Importing track by clicking to GPX (KML, KMZ) track file (massengers, email, Drive, File managers..). It suggests to open it by OsmAnd app. Importing tracks save in "Import" folder of My places menu: clicking to the chosen GPX file β†’ opening it by OsmAnd.
  2. Importing button in My places menu β†’ Tracks.
  • Track GPX file:
  • Multitrack GPX file: saving as one GPX track or selected tracks.

import multitrack import multitrack

Export track​

Exporting track file or files to any massengers, email, file managers, Drive , apps. There are two general ways:

  1. By Track Context menu β†’ Share.
  2. By Local backup file. Exporting GPX-tracks as OSF-file.

Manage tracks​

After recording and saving, the tracks can be managed as follows:

  • In My Places, so that to view all ever recorded data pieces in the GPX format.
  • In Configure map, so that to select a specific track and display it on the map.
  • With the Context menu of the track on the map, so that to adjust the appearance, to update points on the route, to view segments, to start navigation along the track/segment, and/or other options.

View all tracks​

All tracks ever recorded are automatically displayed in My Places. This is the central storage of all user-generated information, organized in tabs according to the main criterion of saved data. There are favourites, notes, and tracks. Browse through Tracks tab to find any trip recordings.

More information about My Places, and/or Tracks stored in it can be found in the relevant sections of the current documentation. However, it makes sense to underscore here that:

  • The internal organization of the Tracks tab in My Places can be managed with the Trip recording plugin settings described above.
  • This is a useful place to consult with in case of doubts, for example, on what/if something is recorded, what/if something is visible right now on the map, and so forth.
  • My Places is perfect for any inventory work: tap the triple points/arrow at the right side of a track to manage it with any of the options, such as Move, Rename, Share, etc.

Menu β†’ My Places β†’ Tracks tab

My Places with tracks in Android

Show tracks on map​

Tracks are an individual data layer that can be shown or hidden using the corresponding option in the Configure map menu or in the My Places menu. In addition, when you tap on Tracks, a track selection dialog appears, allowing you to choose which track or multiple tracks to display on the map.

For a specific profile, to display a track on the map, open Configure map and tap Tracks. Then from the opened dialog, check the needed track. To hide a track, either uncheck it from the list of tracks, or toggle off the Tracks option in the Configure map menu: Menu β†’ Configure map β†’ Tracks.

Show tracks on the map in Android Select a track to display in Android

To display a track on the map another way, open the My Places menu and then Tracks. The Visible folder displays the tracks already selected. In the Rec, Import and Tracks folders, you can select one or more tracks to display on the map by tapping the Show on map icon on the bottom menu of the screen. Go to: Menu β†’ My Places β†’ Tracks tab.

Show tracks on the map Android

Options of context menu​

Context menu of a track in Android

When a track is displayed on the map, tapping on it, the track context menu appears. For detailed information about each available option, refer to the respective section of the current documentation. Here is an overview of the options:

  • Basic info to show the distance, ascending and descending areas, description and quick action buttons, such as whether to show the track on the map, its appearance, points and if to place the track for navigation.
  • Graphs for analysis of altitude and speed.
  • Tab for any overview and/or updates of points and waypoints.
  • And other options: appearance, analysis of split intervals, sharing, editing, renaming, etc.

When you tap the track directly on the map, the track context menu appears, providing a basic overview of the track as well as more analytical data for investigating the route and making adjustments to points and waypoints, if necessary. You can also edit the track with the Plan route tool, in the context menu open the track in this tool and edit it: delete or add points, cut the track before or after a certain point. For more information, refer to Track Context Menu.

Change folder​

All recorded tracks are stored My Places. This is the only storage location for tracks. Even when moved, tracks are moved between folders in My Places. However, as soon as a new track is created, it is automatically saved to the default folder in My Places. The default folder is one and the same for all new tracks. After showing up in the default folder, tracks can be moved to any other preferred folder, as follows:

  • Select more options from the Context menu of a track on the map.
  • Tap Change folder and select another folder in My Places to store the track in.

Default folder in My Places for saved new tracks: Menu β†’ My Places β†’ Tracks tab.

The default folder can be established in Trip recording settings as one of the following options:

  • The Rec folder, which is one folder for all tracks.
  • The Rec/yyyy-mm folder is created individually for each month and contains tracks recorded during that month.

Then you can move the track to any other preferred folder in the My Places using the:

CONTEXT MENU ON THE MAP​

To move a track to another folder inside My Places, you can use Context menu of a track on the map as follows:

  • Open the Context menu of a track on the map in one of the following ways:
    • By tapping a track in My Places, the map shows up with the context menu opened for the track.
    • By tapping a track directly on the map.
      In any case, make certain the track is visible on the map.
  • Tap Options.
  • Tap Change folder from the opened Options list.
  • Select a folder to move the track to.

More options in Android Change folder in Android

CONTEXT MENU IN MY PLACES​

To move a track to another folder inside My Places, you can use Context menu of a track in My Places as follows:

  • Open: Menu β†’ My Places β†’ Tracks tab.
  • Tap the triple points on the right of the required track.
  • Tap Move from the opened context menu.
  • Select a folder to move the track to.

Move with My Places in Android

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