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GpsDrive is a vehicle (car, bike, ship, plane) map-based navigation system that displays the current position provided by an NMEA capable GPS receiver on a zoomable map. Maps can be downloaded from different map providers or rendered on-the-fly using the OpenStreetMap dataset.

The maps are autoselected for best resolution depending on your position and can be downloaded from the Internet. You can choose the preferred map scale, which the program then tries to match from the available maps. Basic worldwide maps are provided and tools are included to help you add your own localized maps.

Speech output is supported via the "speech dispatcher" software. GpsDrive uses gpsd, a GPS service daemon that monitors one or more GPS devices connected to a host computer, to access GPS hardware. So any receiver supported by gpsd should work with GpsDrive.

 GpsDrive 2.11

Free to download



GpsDrive Development Team


System Requirements
libxml2 2.7.4 or higher
libpcre3 7.7 or higher

Documentation, Manual, FAQ, Wiki, Mailing List, SourceForge Project Page

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Features include:

  • Intuitive graphical user interface which supports antialiased fonts and Unicode
  • People connected to the same friendsd server can see each others' position on the map
  • Messages - send instant messages to other people on the same server
  • Points of Interest can be stored in a local SQLite or MySQL database
  • Routes and tracks
  • Uses Speech dispatcher speech output to provide information about direction, speed, GPS status, distance to destination, and battery level in English, German and Spanish
  • Direct support for wardriving with Kismet(a WLAN detection tool)
  • Simulator mode for testing without a GPS device
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Sliding controls for preferred map scale.
  • Units switchable between statute miles, nautical miles and kilometers.
  • Supported languages: German, English, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Turkish, Hungarian, Slovak, Swedish, Japanese and French
  • Autodetects screen size for automatic fitting
  • Internationalisation support

GpsDrive in action

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