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Import maps using MBtiles

GaiaPro subscribers can import .mbtiles files into Gaia GPS, which lets you use a wide variety of maps/data in Gaia GPS.

  • First, you can use Mapbox Studio to create an .mbtiles file, based on data from various filetypes: .geojson, .gpx, .csv, .kml, and .tif.
  • Then, you can import .mbtiles into Gaia GPS directly.
  • Note that Gaia GPS can import GPX files and simple KML files directly (even without GaiaPro), but Mapbox Studio will also let you bring in more data and geo-referenced images types, such as .geojson, .tif, .csv, .kml, and more.

Use Mapbox Studio to create MBTiles

  • First, you will need to download Mapbox Studio
  • Create a mapbox.com account and connect it to Mapbox Studio
  • Start a new project as a blank source and add your image as a new layer

  • Save the project 
  • Click "settings" and "export to mbtiles"

Once the file is done exporting, you can import directly into Gaia GPS via Dropbox.

NOTE:

If you cannot see the image upon import to Mapbox Studio, or if it doesn't show up after uploading to Mapbox.com, contact Mapbox Studio customer support.

 
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    Jeremy Franz

    Can you please provide more info on how to load a mbtiles file to GaiaGPS via Dropbox?  Thanks!

     

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    Ashli Baldwin

    Hi Jeremy,

     

    I've added some more information about Dropbox import here: https://help.gaiagps.com/hc/en-us/articles/215534548

    With GaiaPro, you'll be able to import MBTiles the same way.

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    Bryan Harrold

    Ashli, I have a .mbtiles file ready to go and uploaded to dropbox, but the option to open in...Gaia does not come up. I know it's good though because it works in LeadNav (trying to switch to Gaia). Any help?

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    Ashli Baldwin

    Hi Bryan,

    Do you have GaiaPro enabled? Either way, send me an email to support@gaiagps.com and we can investigate.

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