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All SRTM data is available directly from

Worldwide 1" SRTM data is available from The files you want to download have the extension

You can also use the download tool described below to download 1x1 degree blocks by coordinates.



There are 2 versions of the SRTM files. Information regarding the diferences can be found here:

Always use version 2 data if available. Version 2 has been cleaned up and most of the blanks, spikes and wells have been fixed.

How to download

Pathloss SRTM download tool

FetchSRTM - Tool for finding and downloading terrain data

Official SRTM Site

The main SRTM download siteis found at:

SRTM data are distributed in two levels:

SRTM1 is 1-arc second data available for the USA only. The SRTM1 files are arranged by Regions as shown in the following graphic to the right.

SRTM3 sampled at three arc-seconds available for the world. The SRTM3 files are arranged by continent. You may have to look in the neighboring continent to find the files you need (for example the Middle East is in Africa)

Data are divided into one by one degree latitude and longitude tiles in geographic projection. File names refer to the latitude and longitude of the lower left corner of the tile - e.g. N37W105 has its lower left corner at 37 degrees north latitude and 105 degrees west longitude.

After downloading, unzip all the files in to a common folder.

How to use the SRTM data with the Pathloss 5 program.

Click Configure - Set GIS configuration


Click the Primary DEM tab and select SRTM (World) from the Digital elevation model drop down list.

Click the File index button and a new window will appear. In the menu of the new window click Files ,Import index and SRTM hgt files.


Browse to locate the HGT files you have downloaded (You can select many HGT files at once by holding Ctrl or Shift while selecting files). Click Open and the files will be added to the index list.

Note the edges of the SRTM file(s) and ensure that they cover the area of your project. In other words, make sure that the sites coordinates fall within the rectangle bounded by the North, South, East and West edges as listed for the SRTM file(s) in the index.

You have now configured Pathloss 5 for SRTM terrain data.

How to use the SRTM data with the Pathloss 4 program.

You will need the latest version of the Pathloss program.

The SRTM data uses the WGS84 datum. Your coordinates will be transformed automatically.

In the Pathloss program click "Configure" – "Terrain Database" and select "SRTM" from the drop down list. Click Setup Primary (or Secondary depending on your selection). Click "File" then "BIL-HDR-BLW" and browse to find and load a file with the HGT extension. The program is now setup to use the selected SRTM file.