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Paths in GTA V

Paths are nodes (single points) and links (connections between two points) on the game map. In GTA V, they can be found in a file named paths.ipl. Overall, paths in GTA V are similar to paths in GTA IV and paths in GTA SA.

Overview

In total, GTA V's paths.ipl contains 74,530 nodes and 77,934 links. Each node has 22 values (x, y, z coordinates and 19 flags), each link has 6 values (2 node ids and 4 flags). Coordinates are floats, representing meters, with North Yankton included in the south-west corner of the map, and node ids are integers, referencing index positions in the node list. While the meaning of several flags has been discovered, the purpose of most of this data is still unknown.

Analysis

For both nodes and links, the data for each of their flags can be plotted as a map, with different colors for different values. A set of such images is publicly available (ZIP, 23 PNGs, 42 MB).

Node flags:

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Nodes in GTA V

 0: 0 (primary) or 1 (secondary or tertiary)
 1: 0 (land), 1 (water)
 2: unknown (0 for all nodes)
 3: unknown (1 for 65,802 nodes,
    otherwise 0, 2, or 3)
 4: 0 (road), 2 (unknown), 10 (pedestrian),
    14 (interior), 15 (stop), 16 (stop),
    17 (stop), 18 (pedestrian), 19 (restricted)
 5: unknown (from 0/15 to 15/15)
 6: unknown (0 for 60,111 nodes,
    1,141 other values)
 7: 0 (road) or 1 (highway or interior)
 8: 0 (primary or secondary) or 1 (tertiary)
 9: 0 (most nodes) or 1 (some tunnels)
10: unknown (0 for all nodes)
11: 0 (default) or 1 (stop - turn right)
12: 0 (default) or 1 (stop - go straight)
13: 0 (major) or 1 (minor)
14: 0 (default) or 1 (stop - turn left)
15: unknown (1 for 10,455 nodes, otherwise 0)
16: unknown (1 for 32 nodes, otherwise 0, on highways)
17: unknown (1 for 62 nodes, otherwise 0, on highways)
18: unknown (1 for 92 nodes, otherwise 0, some turn lanes) 


Link flags:

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Links in GTA V

0: unknown (-10, -1 to 8 or 10)
1: unknown (0 to 4 or 6)
2: 0 (one-way), 1 (unknown), 2 (unknown),
   3 (unknown)
3: 0 (unknown), 1 (unknown), 2 (unknown),
   3 (unknown), 4 (unknown), 5 (unknown),
   8 (lane change), 9 (lane change),
   10 (street change), 17 (street change),
   18 (unknown), 19 (street change)

Trivia

  • It is likely that Taxis use the paths when driving the player around. This would explain why the follow certain paths which are not visible on the map or in-game when traversing a mountain or beach.

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