Latest 0.4.2
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0, osx 10.9, watchos 2.0

Parse, generate GPX files on iOS, watchOS & macOS.

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What is CoreGPX?

CoreGPX is a port of iOS-GPX-Framework to Swift language. It aims to be more than a port of the abandoned project, so do expect more features to be added in the future, as development is currently under progress.

It makes use of XMLParser for parsing GPX files, thus making it fully dependent on the native APIs only.


  • [x] Successfully outputs string that can be packaged into a GPX file
  • [x] Parses GPX files using native XMLParser
  • [x] Support for macOS & watchOS

How to parse?

Parsing of GPX files is done by initializing GPXParser.

There are five ways of initializing GPXParser, and these are three main ways of initializing:

You can initialize with a URL:

guard let gpx = GPXParser(withURL: inputURL)?.parsedData() else { return }

With path:

guard let gpx = GPXParser(withPath: inputPath)?.parsedData() else { return } // String type

With Data:

let gpx = GPXParser(withData: inputData).parsedData()

.parsedData() returns a GPXRoot type, which contains all the metadata, waypoints, tracks, routes, and extensions(if any), which you can expect from a GPX file, depending on what that file contains.

Making use of parsed GPX data

guard let gpx = GPXParser(withURL: inputURL)?.parsedData() else { return // do things here when failed }

// waypoints, tracks, tracksegements, trackpoints are all stored as Array depends on the amount stored in the GPX file.
for waypoint in gpx.waypoints {  // for loop example, every waypoint is written
    print(waypoint.latitude)     // prints every waypoint's latitude, etc: 1.3521, as a Double object
    print(waypoint.longitude)    // prints every waypoint's latitude, etc: 103.8198, as a Double object
    print(waypoint.time)         // prints every waypoint's date, as a Date object
    print(         // prints every waypoint's name, as a String
    print(gpx.metadata?.desc)    // prints description given in GPX file metadata tag
    print(gpx.metadata?.name)    // prints name given in GPX file metadata tag

How to create?

You will first start off with a GPXRoot.

Initializing GPXRoot

let root = GPXRoot(creator: "Your app name here!") // insert your app name here

Now, you can start adding things to your GPXRoot. This includes your metadata, waypoints, tracks, routes, as well as extensions(if any).

Adding waypoints to GPXRoot

root.add(waypoints: arrayOfWaypoints) // adds an array of waypoints
root.add(waypoint: singleWaypoint)    // adds a single waypoint

Adding tracks to GPXRoot

root.add(tracks: arrayOfTracks)       // adds an array of tracks
root.add(track: singleTrack)          // adds a single track

Adding routes to GPXRoot

root.add(routes: arrayOfRoutes)       // adds an array of routes
root.add(route: singleRoute)          // adds a single route

Adding metadata to GPXRoot

let metadata = GPXMetadata() = "Your Name Here"
metadata.desc = "Description of your GPX file"
root.metadata = metadata              // adds metadata stuff

Example of application of GPXRoot

let root = GPXRoot(creator: "Your app name here!")
let trackpoints = [GPXTrackPoint]()

let yourLatitudeHere: CLLocationDegrees = 1.3521
let yourLongitudeHere: CLLocationDegrees = 103.8198
let yourElevationValue: Double = 10.724

let trackpoint = GPXTrackPoint(latitude: yourLatitudeHere, longitude: yourLongitudeHere)
trackpoint.elevation = yourElevationValue
trackpoint.time = Date() // set time to current date

let track = GPXTrack()                          // inits a track
let tracksegment = GPXTrackSegment()            // inits a tracksegment
tracksegment.add(trackpoints: trackpoints)      // adds an array of trackpoints to a track segment
track.add(trackSegment: tracksegment)           // adds a track segment to a track
root.add(track: track)                          // adds a track

self.gpxString = root.gpx()
// gpxString contents
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<gpx xmlns:xsi="" xmlns="" xsi:schemaLocation="" version="1.1" creator="example app">
            <trkpt lat="1.352100" lon="103.819800">

.gpx() of GPXRoot outputs a String which can then be packaged as a .GPX file.


To run the example project, clone the repo, and try out the Example!


Contributions to this project will be more than welcomed. Feel free to add a pull request or open an issue.

TO DO Checklist

Any help would be appreciated!

  • [ ] Extension to metadata to support collection of more info in GPX file
  • [ ] Add tests
  • [ ] Documentation
  • [ ] Code optimisation
  • [ ] New features


CoreGPX will be available through CocoaPods. To install
it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod 'CoreGPX'


CoreGPX is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

Latest podspec

    "name": "CoreGPX",
    "version": "0.4.2",
    "summary": "A library for reading and creation of GPX location log files.",
    "description": "GPXKit is designed to replace the aging, and abandoned project, iOS-GPX-Framework. This pod will be able to help developers parse and create GPX files more easily. More features will be added to the future.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "vincentneo": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.4.2"
    "social_media_url": "",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0",
        "osx": "10.9",
        "watchos": "2.0"
    "source_files": "Classes"

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