thydzik Google Map v2.1 released – now with KML support

The release of thydzik Goole Map version 2.1 supports KML files which once displayed can even be downloaded as GPX files.

Download from the WordPress plugin repository.

The following example uses the included example.kml file.


The following examples use the included example.xml file.

<!-- Marker Z has no html to show nonclickability-->
<marker lat="-31.9554" lng="115.85859"  icon="Z" color="c89bff"/>
<marker lat="-32.053128" lng="115.745869" html="Fremantle"  icon="1" color="6b98ff"/>
<!-- Standard marker with html-->
<marker lat="-32.036036" lng="115.92724" html="<b>Lynwood</b><br>Residence of the author" color="ffed5c"/>
<marker lat="-31.963013" lng="115.836239" html="Kings Park" icon="KP" color="97ec7d"/>
<!-- Character marker with html that includes link-->
<marker lat="-31.956659" lng="115.869906" html="<a href="" rel="nofollow">Perth Mint</a>" icon="$" color="ffffff"/>
<!-- Example of two lines-->
<line colour="#0000FF" width="2" opacity="0.75">
	<point lat="-32.027579" lng="115.751266" />
	<point lat="-31.987404" lng="115.769463" />
	<point lat="-31.957697" lng="115.852203" />
	<point lat="-31.963814" lng="115.879326" />
	<point lat="-32.026415" lng="115.942154" />
<points colour="#FF0000" width="4" opacity="0.75">
	<point lat="-32.053128" lng="115.745869" />
	<point lat="-31.963013" lng="115.836239" />
	<point lat="-31.9554" lng="115.85859" />
	<point lat="-31.956659" lng="115.869906" />
	<point lat="-32.036036" lng="115.92724" />
  • Marker Z – no HTML, nonclickable.
  • Marker 1 – standard maker with some text.
  • Marker Default – no icon defaults to standard Google Maps marker.
  • Marker $ – symbols can even be displayed on a marker and links in the HTML.
  • Marker KP – up to two characters can be displayed.

To display a map, simply type;


For the more adventurous;

thydzikgooglemap(example.xml, width, height, zoom, maptype)


  • example.xml is your xml file, and example xml file is included with thdyzikGoogleMap in the plugin directory.
  • width is the optional width parameter, if left out the default width defined in the thydzikgooglemap options will be used.
  • height is the optional height parameter, if left out the default height defined in the thydzikgooglemap options will be used.
  • zoom is the optional zoom level from 0 to 17 (0 being the furthest away), if left out zoom will be calculated automatically to fit all points.
  • maptype is the optional map type parameters, which can be (Normal, G_NORMAL_MAP, N), (SATELLITE, G_SATELLITE_MAP, S), (HYBRID, G_HYBRID_MAP, H), (PHYSICAL, G_PHYSICAL_MAP, P, TERRAIN or T) if left out Normal is defined.

Normal, G_NORMAL_MAP, N or left out; i.e. thydzikgooglemap(example.xml), thydzikgooglemap will produce a default styled map;


SATELLITE, G_SATELLITE_MAP, S; i.e. thydzikgooglemap(example.xml, 4, S), thydzikgooglemap will produce a satellite styled map. Note I have included a zoom of 4, and used the abreviation ‘S’;

thydzikgooglemap(example.xml, 4, S)

HYBRID, G_HYBRID_MAP, H; i.e. tHyDzIkGoOgLeMaP(example.xml,hYbRiD,450,225), thydzikGoolgeMap will produce a hybrid styled map. Note I have included a width and height, and proved that capitalisation is not of concern;

tHyDzIkGoOgLeMaP(example.xml, hYbRiD, 450,225)

PHYSICAL, G_PHYSICAL_MAP, P, TERRAIN or T; i.e thydzikgooglemap(example.xml,TERRAIN), thydzikgooglemap will produce a terrain styled map;


Reading XML from different folder
The XML can be in any location, as long as the whole path is specified i.e. thydzikgooglemap( Yes, even links in the marker text are preserved.


Reading XML from different domain
The XML can even be on a different domain, as long as the whole path is specified. i.e. thydzikgooglemap(


Convert from Google KML to GPS Exchange Format GPX with PHP

Here is a quick post on converting from KML files used in Google Earth/Maps to GPX Exchange Format (GPX) with PHP.

Code is quite explanatory, change $u with the location of the KML file, code will output GPX XML.

Alternatively, download the code here.

	//enter location of KML file here
	$u = "";
	function utcdate() {
		return gmdate("Y-m-d\Th:i:s\Z");

	$u_parts = pathinfo($u); //array of url parts
	$u_ext = strtoupper($u_parts['extension']);
	if ($u_ext== "KML") {

		$dom_kml = new DOMDocument();

		$dom_gpx = new DOMDocument('1.0', 'UTF-8');
		$dom_gpx->formatOutput = true;
		//root node
		$gpx = $dom_gpx->createElement('gpx');
		$gpx = $dom_gpx->appendChild($gpx);
		$gpx_version = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('version');
		$gpx_version_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode('1.0');
		$gpx_creator = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('creator');
		$gpx_creator_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode('');
		$gpx_xmlns_xsi = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('xmlns:xsi');
		$gpx_xmlns_xsi_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode('');
		$gpx_xmlns = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('xmlns');
		$gpx_xmlns_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode('');
		$gpx_xsi_schemaLocation = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('xsi:schemaLocation');
		$gpx_xsi_schemaLocation_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode('');
		$gpx_url = $dom_gpx->createElement('url');
		$gpx_url = $gpx->appendChild($gpx_url);
		$gpx_url_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($u_parts['dirname']);
		$gpx_time = $dom_gpx->createElement('time');
		$gpx_time = $gpx->appendChild($gpx_time);
		$gpx_time_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode(utcdate());
		// placemarks
		$names = array();
		foreach ($dom_kml->getElementsByTagName('Placemark') as $placemark) {
			foreach ($placemark->getElementsByTagName('name') as $name) {
				$name  = $name->nodeValue;
				//check if the key exists
				if (array_key_exists($name, $names)) {
					//increment the value
					$name = $name." ({$names[$name]})";
				} else {
					$names[$name] = 0;
			foreach ($placemark->getElementsByTagName('description') as $description) {
				$description  = $description->nodeValue;
			foreach ($placemark->getElementsByTagName('Point') as $point) {
				foreach ($point->getElementsByTagName('coordinates') as $coordinates) {
					//add the marker
					$coordinate = $coordinates->nodeValue;
					$coordinate = str_replace(" ", "", $coordinate);//trim white space
					$latlng = explode(",", $coordinate);
					if (($lat = $latlng[1]) && ($lng = $latlng[0])) {
						$gpx_wpt = $dom_gpx->createElement('wpt');
						$gpx_wpt = $gpx->appendChild($gpx_wpt);

						$gpx_wpt_lat = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('lat');
						$gpx_wpt_lat_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($lat);
						$gpx_wpt_lon = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('lon');
						$gpx_wpt_lon_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($lng);
						$gpx_time = $dom_gpx->createElement('time');
						$gpx_time = $gpx_wpt->appendChild($gpx_time);
						$gpx_time_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode(utcdate());
						$gpx_name = $dom_gpx->createElement('name');
						$gpx_name = $gpx_wpt->appendChild($gpx_name);
						$gpx_name_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($name);
						$gpx_desc = $dom_gpx->createElement('desc');
						$gpx_desc = $gpx_wpt->appendChild($gpx_desc);
						$gpx_desc_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($description);
						//$gpx_url = $dom_gpx->createElement('url');
						//$gpx_url = $gpx_wpt->appendChild($gpx_url);
						//$gpx_url_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($ref);
						$gpx_sym = $dom_gpx->createElement('sym');
						$gpx_sym = $gpx_wpt->appendChild($gpx_sym);
						$gpx_sym_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode('Waypoint');
			foreach ($placemark->getElementsByTagName('LineString') as $lineString) {
				foreach ($lineString->getElementsByTagName('coordinates') as $coordinates) {
					//add the new track
					$gpx_trk = $dom_gpx->createElement('trk');
					$gpx_trk = $gpx->appendChild($gpx_trk);
					$gpx_name = $dom_gpx->createElement('name');
					$gpx_name = $gpx_trk->appendChild($gpx_name);
					$gpx_name_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($name);
					$gpx_trkseg = $dom_gpx->createElement('trkseg');
					$gpx_trkseg = $gpx_trk->appendChild($gpx_trkseg);
					$coordinates = $coordinates->nodeValue;
					$coordinates = preg_split("/[\s\r\n]+/", $coordinates); //split the coords by new line
					foreach ($coordinates as $coordinate) {
						$latlng = explode(",", $coordinate);
						if (($lat = $latlng[1]) && ($lng = $latlng[0])) {
							$gpx_trkpt = $dom_gpx->createElement('trkpt');
							$gpx_trkpt = $gpx_trkseg->appendChild($gpx_trkpt);

							$gpx_trkpt_lat = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('lat');
							$gpx_trkpt_lat_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($lat);
							$gpx_trkpt_lon = $dom_gpx->createAttribute('lon');
							$gpx_trkpt_lon_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode($lng);
							$gpx_time = $dom_gpx->createElement('time');
							$gpx_time = $gpx_trkpt->appendChild($gpx_time);
							$gpx_time_text = $dom_gpx->createTextNode(utcdate());
		header("Content-Type: text/xml");
		echo $dom_gpx->saveXML();

Let me know if you find any issues.