myTracks is designed in such a way that it stores the files for your GPS files automatically at a central location. Expecially in the context of backups you may rise the question where these files are stored so that you are able to restore these files from a backup.

Location of GPS and other important files

Since myTracks 2.4 die GPS tracks and some more information is stored in the following folder (this folder is called Application-Support-Folder):

/Users/<USERNAME>/Library/Containers/info.stichling.myTracks/Data/Library/Application Support/myTracks

In Finder you can navigate to the folder /Users/<USERNAME>/Library by holding down the Alt key and selecting Library from the Go To menu.

Besides the GPS tracks the Application-Support-Folder contains additional files needed by myTracks to work properly. It's important to not change any of these files manually. It's not possible to change the location of the Application-Support-Folder.

Note: Before myTracks 2.4 and also when using Mac OS X 10.6 the Application-Support-Folder is located here: /Users/<USERNAME>/Library/Application Support/myTracks

Configuration of Time Machine and other backup software

When you configure Time Machine or other backup applications you have to check whether the Application-Support-Folder is part of your backup. By default this folder is part of a Time Machine backup because the location of the Application-Support-Folder conforms to Apple's guidelines.


If you are in the situation to restore myTracks data from a backup please follow these steps (Time Machine is used in the following descriptions):

  1. Quit myTracks if it is currently running.
  2. Optional: Create a ZIP file of the Application-Support-Folder because Time Machine may not have archived your current data (just to be sure).
  3. Open the Application-Support-Folder in Finder. Select Open Time Machine in the Time Machine menu.
  4. Select the point in time you want to use as restore point.
  5. Check that not a single file is selected but the complete Application-Support-Folder. Now click Restore.
  6. Finder will present a dialog asking what to do with existing files. It's important that you replace all files. If only a subset of the files is retored myTracks may not work correctly.

Export of the track library

As explained before it's always a good idea to have the Application-Support-Folder within your backup. Additionally you can export the complete track library to a folder on your hard drive. To do so please follow these steps:

  1. Check that no track and no folder is selected in myTracks track library.
  2. Select Export GPX folder... in the File menu. Now select a folder on your hard drive where you want to export the tracks to.

myTracks will copy all tracks as GPX files to this folder. For every folder within the track library myTracks will create a folder on your hard drive. The file and folder names on you hard drive must be unique. Therefore please check whether the names of your tracks and folders are unique as well.

Import of a track library

If you have exported your track library at some point in time you can import this folder later on. To do so please select Import GPX... in the File menu. Now please select the folder containing your GPX files. myTracks will import all GPX files of that folder and all subfolders.

Transfer to another Mac

In case you want to transfer your data from one Mac to another please choose one of these two options:

  1. Copy the complete contents of the Application-Support-Ordners from one Mac to the other. This will not only transfer all your tracks but also bookmarks, POIs, geocaches, etc. But all existing tracks etc. of the target Mac will be removed!
  2. Export the track library to a folder as explained before and import that folder on the other Mac. If you choose this method only the tracks will be transfered. If you already have tracks on your target Mac these tracks will remain and myTracks will only add the imported tracks.

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