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GpsPrune downloads

GpsPrune is available to download either as compiled jar (just the runnable code) or as source code (the entire java source) if you want to compile it yourself. The latest released version is version 18.3, from February 2016. For the details of the new features, see what's new.

Jar file

Runnable code (1.2 MB)
gpsprune_18.3.jar - Get this one if you just want to run it.

Compressed Tar file

Source code (588 kB)
gpsprune_18.3_source.tar.bz2 - Get this one if you want to be able to edit and compile it
Redistribution is possible according to the included license conditions of the GPL.

Update: For those who need or want a version of GpsPrune without the exif reading libraries included, there is now such a version available on request. However it then does require a separate version of libmetadata-extractor (at least version 2.7.2) both to compile GpsPrune and to run it. (This was done for Debian so that they can reuse the libmetadata-extractor from the existing package.)

For special linux packages for OpenSuse, Mandriva, Debian, Ubuntu and Arch, see the details below.


There is no installation. Simply download the jar file to your machine.


If you have associated jar files with java already, then you can just double-click on the jar file to run it. If not, you can right-click on the jar file and select "open with..." and then "Java platform" (or something similar).

Alternatively you can use the command line to launch the jar, like this:

java -jar gpsprune_18.3.jar

But remember you must include the whole path to the GpsPrune jar file. To make it easier, you can create a shortcut on your desktop or menu to call the above command. Or you can set up a bash script to call it (see below), so you just have to type "gpsprune" to run it.

GpsPrune logo

If you want to attach an icon to your shortcut then feel free to use this one. You can choose between either a png file (256x256 pixels) or a Windows ico (64x64 pixels).

GpsPrune should automatically select the language based on your system settings - but remember that only the languages AF, CZ, EN, DE, DE_ch, ES, FR, HU, IT, JA, KO, NL, PL, PT, RO, RU and ZH are currently supported. A handful of other languages are partially supported. If you want to override these settings and select the language yourself, you can do this with an extra parameter:

java -jar gpsprune_18.3.jar --lang=DE

Or you can use the menu option "Settings -> Set language" to choose another language, save your settings and then restart GpsPrune.

Linux packages

If you have a linux system, you may find it easier to install GpsPrune directly from your built-in repositories rather than use the downloads from this page. The advantage is that it's a bit easier to install and all the dependencies can be installed automatically. The disadvantage is that you might be getting an older version of GpsPrune from the repositories as it can take a while for it to go through the process.

There are a variety of package formats for the different distributions:

RPM download

If you have an RPM-based linux system, like OpenSuse or Fedora or Mandriva, you may want to have a look at the OpenSuse build service - under "Application:GEO" they have rpms (currently at 17.2), source rpms and also one-click meta-package installers.

In theory this rpm should make it easier for any rpm-based linux distribution to include it in their own repositories, making it much simpler to find and install, but I haven't heard of any such plans yet. The rpm from the build service installs fine on OpenSuse 11.2 using the OpenJDK.

Debian package

Thanks to the Debian people, there is a package of GpsPrune for Debian linux. Version 17 is available in Jessie (stable) and version 18 is now in Testing (Stretch) and also (surprisingly) in Jessie-Backports.

The package is called gpsprune. Just install the package using the regular "add software" gui, and the dependencies will get installed too, everything you need (except maybe gnuplot-x11 which can then be easily added). This includes a java runtime such as OpenJDK, and libmetadata-extractor-java, and even the libjava3d-java. Or if you prefer the command line, just type (as root) aptitude install gpsprune .

Once it's installed, you get a menu entry for "gpsprune" in the "Science" menu, or you can launch it from a console with gpsprune.

This also works if you're running Elive, just download the above packages from Debian's repositories and install them with dpkg.

Ubuntu package

For the current release of Ubuntu, there is also a gpsprune package, taken from Debian's package. So now all you need to do is search in the "add software" tool for "gpsprune", click the install button and you're done! It looks like it's installing a huge package, but that's only because it's automatically pulling in the (optional) dependencies such as gpsbabel, exiftool and gnuplot. Version 15.1 is in the official repositories for Salamander and Tahr (the latest LTS release of Ubuntu), 17.1 is available for Vervet, and 18.1 for Werewolf.

Arch, Gentoo, BSD packages

There is apparently also a package of Prune for Arch linux, but I haven't had chance to test it yet. It seems to be just a wrapper around the binary jar file, including a desktop file. If you're interested, see the Arch User Repository.

There's also a similar wrapper for Gentoo linux, which again just seems to download the binary from this site and add a few shortcuts and dependencies. There's a so-called ebuild attached to this bug report, but I've no idea how one would install such a thing.

Also for BSD users there is a package of Prune at, currently at version 17.2. I haven't had chance to test this one either.

What's new in version 18

Version 18 contains a number of new features, most important of which are the new autoplay for automatically scrolling through your track, online services such as peakfinder, mapillary, panoramio and opencaching, and a function for automatically identifying uphill sections of ski tracks and marking them for deletion. Version 18.1 just added a bug fix and a few small functional tweaks. Version 18.2 added another bug fix and some minor translation updates. And version 18.3 adds one more bug fix and the ability to remember the window size and position. For full details on all the changes, see What's new.

Name change

Up until version 12.1, GpsPrune was made available under the name "Prune". Starting with version 13, it's called "GpsPrune". However, it's not a split, it's not a fork, it's not a change of ownership or anything like that. It's just a name change.

The reason behind it is that the completely unrelated program graphviz includes an executable called prune as one of its many files. This meant that when Prune was submitted to Debian for packaging, they couldn't call it "Prune" because it would conflict with the graphviz file. That's why Debian (and subsequently Ubuntu) have called the package "gpsprune" instead.

In order to reduce the confusion of both names being used, it was decided to call it "GpsPrune" everywhere.

Additional language packs

Volunteers provide most of the language translations for GpsPrune, and every time a version of GpsPrune is released, the latest version of the translations is taken and included in the jar file. If the translations are improved after GpsPrune has been released, these can be made available in a separate text file, and then specified in the command used to launch GpsPrune.

Currently, all these translations (apart from the very incomplete ones below) are included in version 18.3.

There are a few other language packs available which are still under development. These hold the minimal Farsi and Indonesian texts, and the new languages Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. The files are here if you want to use them, but they only cover between 6% and 11% of the texts used by GpsPrune, so most of the texts still appear in English.

If you want to use one of these language packs, just save the text file to your machine (preferably in the same directory as the GpsPrune jar file), and then specify the location of this file with an extra parameter when you launch the program, for example:

java -jar gpsprune.jar --langfile=gpsprune_farsi_texts.txt

You can also select a language file using Settings->Set language, and as long as you save your settings (Settings->Save settings), it will be used the next time GpsPrune is started.

Optional extras

See the dependencies page for how to get the additional bits of software to extend GpsPrune's functionality. These include the Java runtime, the Java3d libraries for real-time 3d display, Povray for rendering of 3d images, Exiftool for saving coordinates to exif information of jpegs, GPSBabel for communicating with GPS receivers, and gnuplot for drawing charts of altitudes, speeds etc.

Version history

See the history page for details of previous versions of GpsPrune and the history of development, or the old screenshots for how GpsPrune used to look.

To do

There are several additional features planned which have not yet been implemented. The current status of development is shown in the development page and user suggestions are listed in the wishlist.

Of course any suggestions or contributions, especially multi-lingual translation expertise, would be very gratefully received! Please see the translation wiki for details on how to help with this.