[erlang-questions] decoding nmea messages

Richard O'Keefe <>
Thu Aug 12 05:47:15 CEST 2010

On Aug 12, 2010, at 5:44 AM, info wrote:

> Hi All,
> According to your experience, what is the best method for decoding an NMEA 0183 message ? I mean:
> - extract each field,
> - detect those which are missing,
> - check syntax

You mean things like the example in the Wikipedia?


Binary matching will let you
 - check for $
 - extract GP (talker)
 - extract AAM (type)
 - extract the rest (because you know how long the binary is)
 - check for *
 - extract the two hex digits
 - check for "\r\n"
As for "the rest", I haven't read the standard, so I don't know
whether the fields can contain commas or not.  If not, you can
break "the rest" up using binary:split/[2,3].  Where you go from
there depends on what the kind of message at hand expects to find.

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