Calculating the Distance of a GPS log

Published: 2009-07-28 21:20 UTC. Tags: linux gis

Playing with my GPS logger, I wanted to know the distance travelled between all the points in a GPS log. For example, if I went for a bicycle trip and brought the logger, it would be nice to know how many kilometers I have travelled.

Trying to find a tool that did this without being cumbersome to use proved more difficult than I thought, so I did a quick hack with the help of the python bindings for gpsd. It's a very simple script:

$ ./ promenad2.gpx

Given a GPX file, it will print out the number of meters travelled.

Fetch it in the fgpstools repository on github

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