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What can you do with the maps?

Maps can be installed on Garmin GPS's, as routable maps that will give you turn by turn instructions to go to a given place (depending on device's specifications). It can also be seen in your computer, where you can calculate your routes, using MapSource or BaseCamp Garmin software, or the open source programs QLandkarte GT or QMapShack. With the topographic maps you can also calculate profiles for your routes.

Viewing the maps in your computer:

  • Linux: you can use Qlandkarte GT, its sucessor QMapShack or MapEdit++ (the latter is for Windows, but works fine under wine). For all of them, first step will be to unzip downloaded file in the folder where you want to keep the maps. Files named «OpenStreetMap_*.exe» can be uncompressed with p7zip (7z e OpenStreetMap_*.exe). To use the map in QLandkarte GT use File->Load Map menu. Then give the path to file AAA-XXX.tdb in the folder you uncompressed the map and then to file AAA-XXX.img. AAA is the ISO code of the country and XXX a three digit code different for each map.

    You can also use MapSource with wine and load maps running the auto-install file (wine OpenStreetMap_*.exe) or installing maps with MapSetToolKit (wine MapSetToolKit.exe) as described below:

    • Unzip downloaded file in a directory of your choice.
    • Run MapSetToolKit and click «Install» button placed at the bottom right corner. A dialogue will appear with some blank fields:
      • Registry name: introduce any name for your reference.
      • TDB file: browse to the file AAA-XXX.tdb you have downloaded.
      • Overview map: browse to the file AAA-XXX.img.
      • Maps directory: it is filled automatically after giving the path to the files above.
      • TYP files: same than with previous files, but searching for AAA-XXX.TYP file.

      Installing a map with MapSetToolKit

      • Click «Install», close the application and you are done. You now have the map available on MapSource and BaseCamp.

  • Windows: maps can be used with the open source programs Qlandkarte GT, its sucessor QMapShack or MapEdit++ or with Garmin software MapSource/BaseCamp. For the first three, you must start uncompressing downloaded file in the folder where you want to keep the maps. Files named «OpenStreetMap_*.exe» are uncompressed with 7zip. To use the map in QLandkarte GT use File->Load Map menu. Then give the path to file AAA-XXX.tdb in the folder you uncompressed the map and then to file AAA-XXX.img. AAA is the ISO code of the country and XXX a three digit code different for each map.

    In order to load maps in MapSource or BaseCamp, you just have to run the file named «OpenStreetMap_*.exe» or «Curvas_nivel_*.exe» and follow wizard steps.

  • Mac: you will need the programs Stuffit Expander, Garmin BaseCamp and Garmin MapManager installed in your system. To see the maps on BaseCamp you must proceed as follows:

    • Unzip downloaded file in a directory of your choice with Stuffit Expander.
    • Start Garmin MapManager. You will be prompted to select a file to open. Select the map file previously uncompressed and click «Open».
    • Click «Install» and quit MapManager when it has finished. The map is now ready to be used on BaseCamp.

    Installing a map with MapManager

Installing the maps in a GPS:

  • First of all, download file for GPS of the country you want from Downloads page and unzip it. You'll get a file called gmapsupp.img. The easiest way to have the map in your Garmin device is copying file gmapsupp.img in the external SD/micro SD card of the device, within a folder called «Garmin» (create it if it doesn't exist); in some models gmapsupp.img file must be copied into «Map» folder instead of «Garmin» folder (note «Map» folder may be hidden). This method is also recommeded because in case of any problem with the map, removing the card and restarting device will be enough to solve it. To copy it use a card reader (faster) or connect your device to the computer with a suitable cable, in 'Mass storage' mode (slower).

    Once copied, switch on the GPS, go to Settings>Map>Map Info and enable OpenStreetMap map. The way to activate the map varies from one model to other:

nüvi 300:

Entering map setup on nüvi
Under Map Setup, enter Map Info

Legend HCx:

Enabling map on nüvi
Check OpenStreetMap map to activate it

Entering map setup on Legend HCx
Enter Map Setup

Enabling map on Legend HCx
You have to activate each tile

  • If you don't have an external card, you can use any of the free programs sendMap or Qlandkarte; you can also use MapSource or BaseCamp from Garmin. In the last cases, you first have to load the map in MapSource/BaseCamp as explained above.

Using on Android devices:

If you want to see maps from this site on your Android mobile device, you can use OruxMaps app. For that, follow the steps below:

  • Download file for GPS of the country you want from Downloads page and unzip it. You'll get a file called gmapsupp.img. You can change the name to something more descriptive, such as MyCountry.img.
  • Copy that file into OruxMaps maps folder, by default oruxmaps/mapfiles/.
  • Open OruxMaps app, click on «Switch map» button and select previously saved file.
  • Map setup in OruxMaps

  • For a better visualization of maps, it is recommeded to go Global settings->Maps->Garmin maps settings, and uncheck Wpt labels background, Polygon labels background and Line labels background boxes.
  • Garmin maps settings in OruxMaps

  • Note: these maps are not routable on OruxMaps.

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PANCHO MORADA (SORSOGON, philippines)
CAN I HAVE TOPOGRAPHIC MAP OF THE PHILLIPINES WITH CONTOUR FOR FREE FOR MY BASEMAP .THANK AND GOD BLESS
Admin:
Yes, all the maps you find in the download page can be downloaded for free. Only those of complete continents or the USA require to be registered
25th October 2013 9:06am
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ArisV (Vienna, austria)
The ONLY reason, why I subscribed here is, that I can get single map that includes several countries around my current residence. I understand, that the all-in-one Europe map exceeds the 4 GB limit, that the FAT32-formate of my Garmin 450 and therefor can't be loaded on the GPS directly (though it would have been nice to be made aware of this before making a donation and signing up here). In your footnotes you write: "Note about Europe file for the GPS: due to the big amount of ... Read More
Admin:
Along with BaseCamp is installed another program called MapInstall. This is the software you need to select areas of the map and send them to the GPS/SD card. That is on Windows, not sure on Mac. If it doesn't work this way on Mac version of BaseCamp let me know and I'll try to find out the equivalent tool for Mac
1st October 2013 8:22am
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Gabriele (tirol, austria)
I installed Chile and Peru on a SDHC Card, on my Nüvi 760. At first it works, but now 1 week later it recongnized the country, but I can get no streets??? What ist the reason. thanks for tipps.
Admin:
That's estrange if you don't have changed the map. Make sure you don't have any other map activated on your device. What happens once you have selected the country and try to introduce the street name?
23rd September 2013 5:36pm
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Devinder Sharma (Delhi, india)
Pl. advice if India maps are competable with Garmin 2595LMT
Admin:
The maps you can download are compatible with all Garmin models as far as I know.
22nd September 2013 8:02pm
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Markus Bonsmann (switzerland, switzerland)
I downloaded the European Map with m account. When using the euoropeanstreetmapp Installation Programm, I`m asked to deinstall an existing Version. After Installation I don`t see the maps in Mapsource. What is the issue?
Admin:
If during the first install of a map (Europe in your case) you are asked to deinstall an existing version it may be there's a conflict with any other map you may have installed. That happens if they both have the same family ID (FID). In that case, I suggest you to install MapSetToolKit (you have a link in "Using the maps" page) and check registry for such conflicts.
1st July 2013 10:24pm
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