Export to GGZ and macOS Monterey 12.3

Recently Apple released the latest update of macOS Monterey version 12.3. Since that version Apple removed the build in Python support. Unfortunately exporting geocaches to GGZ relies on a Python script that converts the GPX files to a GGZ file. This means that export to GGZ is not working anymore from this macOS update.

I looked for a short time solution (manually installing Python), but that did not work out. So I am now rewriting the export and replicate the steps that happened within the Python script in native (Swift) application code.

As you can imagine, that is not a few hours task, but quite big. So while I work on that, please don’t update to this latest macOS version if you rely on GGZ files in your workflow. I will update this article when the fixed update of iCaching goes out.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: The version (10.2.1) with a fixed GGZ implementation is live