Update on Using GPS for Tracking in Google Earth

Many people have found ways to tie their GPS with Google Earth to show their position in real-time. In fact, Google released built-in features for real-time GPS to the premium Plus/Pro/Enterprise versions of Google Earth starting with a beta version of GE 4 in December 2006. However, Google’s real-time GPS support has never been particularly fancy. The best real-time interface I’ve seen so far has been from Goops Technologies. I really like Goops because they support features supporting all types of travel including planes and boats. However, I wish they had a Mac version too. Thanks to Google Earth working even without an Internet connection, you can have a powerful 3D mapping applications wherever you go.
Navigator GPS tracking application in Google EarthRecently, Valery Hronusov (who has built many useful Google Earth files and applications) has released a new free real-time GPS tracking application he is calling Navigator. It also only works on Windows, but it has some nice looking features. I tried it with my Garmin 60Cx and it works quite well. It automatically logs your track to a KML file and you can control your zoom level while it tracks. His support for USB interface works very nicely, and they claim it will work with multiple GPSes. He is just getting started, so it doesn’t have the polish of Goops. But, Valery has a reputation of implementing lots of innovative features, so maybe Navigator will add some new stuff in the coming weeks or months.
So, if you want real-time GPS tracking with Google Earth. You have yet another method – without resorting to buying the premium versions of Google Earth. At least for personal use. If you need to use Google Earth for commercial applications, you should still buy a Google Earth Pro license.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. #1: why is google not adding GPS features on a regular basis? all those things, like showing how many satellites are in view, controls for the track and all other stuff that should be mandatory for a geo app of this calibre should be in there… i think google is not paying attention to what the plus and pro users need and want. you (frank) uses google earth (plus or pro) with a GPS, i do, and my guess is most readers of GEB do too!!! google, please listen and assign some kick ass GPS code writers to google earth plus/pro…!!! ASAP…
    #2: why is there no 3rd party writing apps for mac??? 10% notebook market should be more than enuff incentive to make mac apps for google earth, no??? and those 10% are the most active in creative and all other aspects… i don’t get it…. i would love to try or use goops and this app, but running it under parallels is not my thing!!!

  2. Hi smokeonit
    I think it is ok. GE team think more about Google corporate standards, not GIS (GEO) classic quests.
    50-70% of new ESRI (ArcGIS) functions in first release undepended developers.
    And Navigator is part of our professional system for geological everyday practical quests.
    And i release free software as results and help for folks, not as vogue games. Sorry, for now we don’t use Mac. In next maybe.

  3. weldon alston says:

    please hook me up with that gps.

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