If your kml file or gpx file or geojson file is too big, you can compress (reduce) the file size. It is called optimizing the geospatial file. Lets explain how to prune a kml/gpx/geojson file and make it smaller, condensed, truncated.

Simplify Geo Tracks Live!

Smaller geospatial files are delivered faster on the Internet. Some GPS devices and mapping software generate large files with excessive number of points. That much accuracy is usually redundant and the application is reducing size by truncating the number of track points. Size reduction of over 90% is possible.

The application was built with R using the Leaflet library for mapping. Truncation (pruning) was implemented by the Douglas-Peucker algorithm. In-depth XML manipulations were performed thanks to the xml2 library.

File types supported:

Notes and Limitations

Pruning tracks with 1000s of points takes time. An animated icon (spinner) appears during processing. Downloading large files is also slow and the animated icon will show up on Save. Elevation data is supported along with latitude and longitude. Additional elements from your file, like waypoints or shapes, may be shown along with the tracks. They are copied unchanged in the output file.
Longer tracks have sometimes multiple segments of points. The number of points is shown before (=0) and after (>0) compression. Duplicate coordinate points are deleted. Mouse over a truncated(red) segment will highlight it, click will display its number and distance in kilometers.

Source code is not provided at this time.

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