Frequently Asked Questions

How do I generate the "my finds" pocket query?

Please see the instructions page for details.

Does CacheStats run on the Mac?

Short answer is no, because it's a Windows application. However it will work if you have the Mono environment installed. If you want to give it a try, send me an email and I'll make a zipped version of CacheStats available to you.

Do I need to unzip the GPX file from the Pocket Query?

No, CacheStats can load either the .zip file or the .gpx file.

Do my statistics update automatically?

No. CacheStats gets its data from the "my finds" pocket query, so you need to generate a new query to get updated statistics. Please see the instructions page for details.

Why didn't my statistics update even though I generated a new pocket query?

CacheStats remembers the name and location of your pocket query and automatically loads it each time you start (saves you from having to click the open button each time). If your stats didn't update, then it's probably still loading the file from your previous pocket query. Check the date on the status and news tab of CacheStats to see if this is the case. If so, you can either exit CacheStats and overwrite your old pocket query with the new one, or click the Open GPX file button to open it in the new location.

How are FTF's tracked?

Geocaching.com doesn't keep track of FTFs, but CacheStats can assist you in finding and tracking them. To set your FTFs: in the Caches tab enter "FTF" in the search box (or any other phrase that you want to search on) to search your logs. All caches that contain "FTF" somewhere in the log will show in the list. Then, click on each of those caches and read your log to decide if it's really an FTF and not something like "just missed FTF by 20 minutes". If it is an FTF, click the FTF checkbox in the cache description area (or press F2, as in "F2-F"). If you were first to find on caches that don't include "FTF" in the log, you can still click the FTF checkbox for those caches, but you'll have to remember which ones they were. One final note: you can edit your logs by clicking on the edit link if you want to add or remove FTF in the log. Your next pocket query will then have those changes.

How do I move my settings such as FTF's and favorites to a new computer?

The data file that you set up the first time you ran CacheStats contains this information. If you don't remember where your data file is, click the About button which will show its location. Move that file to your new computer, e.g. via your network or a USB drive. If you've already set up a data file on the new computer you can overwrite it with the one you're moving. If not, start CacheStats and choose the option to open an existing data fle.

How do I change the location of my data file, or start using a new one?

If you've already set up a data file, you can move it or delete it. Either way, the next time you start CacheStats it will detect that it's missing and allow you to browse to its new location.

I use multiple computers - any way to share my settings between them?

Yes. Save your data file to a shared folder, such as DropBox or OneDrive. When you set up the data file on your second computer, choose to navigate to an existing data file instead of creating a new one. If you already created a data file on your second computer and you now want to use the one in the shared folder, see the previous question on how to start using a new one.

Why is it showing an incorrect date for one of my finds?

CacheStats reports the date that you specified when you logged the find. If you accidentally used the wrong date when logging it, you can correct it by selecting the cache in the Caches tab and clicking the "edit" link next to the log entry. This will take you to geocaching.com where you can change the date. The date will show correctly after your next pocket query.

How do I fix up a milestone?

CacheStats bases milestones first on the date of the log and then on the order that you logged finds for a given day. If you logged your finds out of order, you can fix milestones in CacheStats by doing the following:

  1. Select the incorrect milestone
  2. Click the Make correction button
  3. Select the correct cache for the milestone

If you accidentally logged the wrong date for a cache, you can change the found date on geocaching.com. Use the procedure above to find the cache with the incorrect date, then click the "Edit log on geocaching.com" button. That will open your web browser and navigate to your log on geocaching.com where you can change the date.

Why is it showing a state that I never visited?

You may have found a moving cache which is now located in a different state. You can correct it by clicking on the Details button on the locations tab and excluding the incorrect state(s) so they won't show in your statistics.

Why aren't all my "Did Not Find" logs (DNF's) listed?

The pocket query that geocaching.com generates only contains caches that you have found. If you logged a DNF and then later eventually found the cache, the DNF log would be included. But it won't contain any caches that you logged a DNF for but haven't found yet.

Can I use GSAK to generate a .gpx file?

Yes. When you export a GPX file from GSAK, in the Logs section of the export window, make sure you set "Limit the number of logs to export" to 0 and check the box that says "Always include my logs". In general, CacheStats requires that the .gpx file contain only your logs. If logs from others are mixed in, it doesn't know which one are yours.