mtkbabel - Tool for managing i-Blue 747 and compatible GPS data loggers

Property Value
Distribution Debian 10 (Buster)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package filename mtkbabel_0.8.3.1-1.1_all.deb
Package name mtkbabel
Package version
Package release 1.1
Package architecture all
Package type deb
Category field::aviation field::geography hardware::gps interface::commandline misc role::program scope::utility use::converting works-with-format::xml:gpx
License -
Maintainer Uwe Hermann <>
Download size 23.92 KB
Installed size 135.00 KB
MTKBabel is a command line program to operate the i-Blue 747 GPS data logger.
It should work also with other GPS devices based on the MediaTek MTK chipset.
For instance the Holux M-241 GPS data logger, the Holux M-1200E, as well as
the 747 A+ GPS Trip Recorder, are also known to work.
The main features are:
- Command line interface
- Save data log in GPX and raw binary format
- If required retrieve all the data, also the old one being overlapped
- Change logging criteria: time, distance, speed
- Change log format
- START/STOP logging
- Set OVERLAP or STOP method on memory full
- Erase the internal memory


Package Version Architecture Repository
mtkbabel_0.8.3.1-1.1_all.deb all Debian Main
mtkbabel - - -


Name Value
libdevice-serialport-perl -
libtimedate-perl -
perl -


Type URL
Binary Package mtkbabel_0.8.3.1-1.1_all.deb
Source Package mtkbabel

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install mtkbabel deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install mtkbabel




2013-10-19 - Andrew Shadura <>
mtkbabel ( unstable; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload.
* Retry on receiving out-of-order packets.
* Update Depends field.
2011-11-12 - Uwe Hermann <>
mtkbabel ( unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release (Closes: #646357).
* debian/mtkbabel.udev: Add udev file (Closes: #613378).
2010-09-06 - Uwe Hermann <>
mtkbabel (0.8.2-1) unstable; urgency=medium
* New upstream release.
+ Fixes "Doesn't work with Holux M-241 firmware 1.13" (Closes: #572942).
+ Fixes Transystem GPS Trip Recorder 747A+ memory issue (Closes: #526809).
* Standards-Version: 3.9.1 (no changes required).
* debian/patches/10_manpage_hyphen_fix.patch: Drop, merged upstream.
* debian/patches/20_help_fix.patch: Drop, merged upstream.
* debian/mtkbabel.lintian-overrides: Drop, no longer needed.
* Small updates in the package description and copyright file.
2009-02-07 - Uwe Hermann <>
mtkbabel (0.8-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
* debian/copyright: Fix copy-paste errors. Update copyright years.
* debian/watch: Add file.
* debian/patches/10_manpage_fixes.patch: Drop, merged upstream.
* debian/patches/10_manpage_hyphen_fix.patch: Add file. Fix lintian warning.
* debian/patches/20_help_fix.patch: Add file. Minor -h option fixes.
* debian/mtkbabel.lintian-overrides: Add file. Silence bogus lintian warning.
2008-06-26 - Uwe Hermann <>
mtkbabel (0.7-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
+ Now supports the Holux M-241 GPS data logger.
+ The -s option now sets the serial speed (Closes: #473758).
+ Added option -R to recover from a disabled log status.
* debian/copyright:
+ Switch to the machine-readable format described
+ Make my packaging public domain.
* debian/control:
+ Standards-Version: 3.8.0 (no changes required).
+ Update package description.
* debian/patches/10_manpage_fixes.patch: Resync.
2008-02-08 - Uwe Hermann <>
mtkbabel (0.6-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
+ debian/mtkbabel.1: Drop the manpage I wrote, it's merged upstream.
* README.Debian: Warn that the package is currently buggy on ARM systems.
While it looks like it works fine, the created *.gpx files will contain
bogus or incorrect data. Will be fixed upstream later.
* Make the package 'Architecture: all', it's a Perl script.
2008-01-27 - Uwe Hermann <>
mtkbabel (0.5-1) unstable; urgency=low
* Initial release (Closes: #462698).

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