How to Convert KML to CSV With GPS

by John Mitchell

Convert your GPS data that's stored in a KML file to a CSV, or comma separated value, file with GPS Visualizer -- a free online conversion tool. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language and is a special XML format that's used for plotting geographical data on a two- or three-dimensional map. Google Maps is a common two-dimensional visualization of KML information, while the Google Earth desktop software is an example of how KML is used in a three-dimensional way. However, sometimes all you need is the raw GPS coordinates in an easy-to-read CSV text file.


Go to in your Web browser and click the "Convert to Plain Text" link under the heading "To Set More Options, Use the Detailed Input Pages."


Click the "Choose File" button, then locate the KML data file on your computer and click the "Open" button.


Click the "Plain Text Delimiter" drop-down box and select the "Comma" option. This ensures that the text output file is formatted correctly to CSV.


Click the "Convert" button, then right-click the "Click to Download" link on the next page and select "Save As."


Type a name in the "File Name" field. Rename the file to something that you'll more easily remember. Click the "Save" button. You've successfully converted the GPS data contained in a KML file to a CSV file.

About the Author

John Mitchell is an expert in all things technology, including social media and smart phones. He is a news ninja for Qwiki, bringing the latest news on the interactive platform. Mitchell graduated from the University of Sedona with a master's degree in pastoral counseling psychology and authored the book, "No More Taxes."

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