Tutorial - How to create a GPS

A GPS is a ghost you import into your map, which can be attached to a trigger and let players see exactly how you can drive the map or find the route of your map. It is something that can be extremely useful for more complex maps or new players starting with the game. This page will guide you through the process of creating a GPS for your custom map in Trackmania,

This tutorial assume that you already have a finished map ready or a map with a finished route as changing the route will make the GPS obsolete. However, you can add scenery after creating the GPS as long as you don't alter the route of the map.

Step 1 - Drive your map to create a replay

You first have to drive the map and create a replay of your run as this replay file will be used later to import the player ghost for the GPS.

There are several way to do it. One way is to do it during validation. When you complete the map during validation you will end up with the following screen:

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You can click the button SAVE REPLAY, which will create a new replay file for you under Documents\Trackmania\Replays\My Replays.

Another way is to validate the map, then go back to the main menu of the game, and go to LOCAL -> PLAY A MAP. Then drive your map and save the replay when you complete it.

It is also possible that your game have made an auto-save of the best run you managed to drive on your map under Documents\Trackmania\Replays\Autosaves.

A third way to get a replay for your GPS is that you can ask someone else to drive the map for you. Maybe you need a GPS that is driven very well, but your skills are not up to par for that, you can ask someone who is better to drive it for you and ask them to send you their replay file. Make sure you save this replay file under Documents\Trackmania\Replays.

Step 2 - Create a trigger for your ghost in the MediaTracker

Go to the MediaTracker by clicking the film icon at the bottom-right of your editor: