Notes on Ubuntu (Linux) computing

Brief notes on installation, setup and other tasks in the Ubuntu world

Garmin forerunner and Ubuntu 12.04

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To download running information from my Garmin forerunner 305, I will use garmin-forerunner-tools:

sudo apt-get install garmin-forerunner-tools

Make a directory to save data, for example

mkdir ~/GarminData
cd ~/GarminData

To extract data, connect the watch via USB and run


To convert the *.gmn files to *.tcx for uploading to the Garmin Connect website, use scripts, available via svn:

svn co

Finally, create *.tcx file using command like

cd garmin-dev
./gmn2tcx ../2012/10/filename.gmn > runfilname.tcx

Written by Chris S

October 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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  1. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular
    article! It’s the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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    June 23, 2013 at 2:41 am

  2. The svn link for garmin-dev seems down, could you tar it and distribute it on your site?


    October 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    • Hi codingtony,

      As you might guess, the svn repository is/was not mine. However, the license information seems to allow for free distribution of all elements. So, I made a github repository with the code and threw together an updated post on the installation and use of the code: see post here.


      Chris S

      October 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      • Good idea to put it in a git hub repo! Thanks a lot Chris!


        October 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

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