TCX is a XML database file generated by Garmin and Fitbit devices. This file format is mostly used by Garmin Training Center software. TCX file contains various data related to sports, including type of sport, time records, distance, burned calories, training intensity, and heart rate.
TCX files are encoded in XML format, and are used as a means of exchanging data between various physical activity monitoring devices. Registered data can be also uploaded to personal computers. Such data is helpful in managing one’s physical activities.
TCX file format has two versions – TCX v1 and TCX v2. Latest editions of Garmin Training Center software support both versions.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with TCX files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with TCX extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
Being unable to open files with TCX extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with TCX extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports TCX files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Garmin Training Center or one of the recommended programs (for example, Garmin Connect) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support TCX files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Garmin Training Center website and download the installer.
If the problems with opening TCX files still occur even after installing Garmin Training Center, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Garmin Training Center is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Garmin Training Center installed, it may not support TCX format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Garmin Training Center.
If you have the latest version of Garmin Training Center installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage TCX on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the TCX file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
If the TCX is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the TCX file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If the TCX file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with TCX extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Training Center Database Format file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support TCX files. Close all running programs and try opening the TCX file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Training Center Database Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with TCX files affecting older versions of given software.
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