Note: This page describes an obsolete version of GPSBabel that may substantially differ from the current or development version.

Global Properties of the File

There are a few available directives to describe general traits of the file being described and not specific data within the file itself.


This is the description of the file format being described. This text appears in the help screens and in menus used by the various GUI wrappers.


This directive gives the filename extension generally associated with this file.


Describes the character set used by this format. The value given must be one listed by 'gpsbabel -l'. example:

ENCODING          UTF-8 # Use UTF-8 for input and output.


This value specifies the GPS datum to be used on read or write. Valid values for this option are listed in Appendix A, Supported Datums .

DATUM             European 1950


Specifies the kind of data we have to read or write.

By default all data are seen as waypoint data. With DATATYPE you are now able to bind a specific type to this format. Possible values are WAYPOINT, ROUTE or TRACK.

DATATYPE          ROUTE # route-only format