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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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Neil Kenealy (Dublin, Ireland, ireland)
I installed curvas_nivel_IGN on my Garmin basecamp and I only see a blank white square where Spain should be.
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Increase the level of detail or zoom in. That should be enough.
27th March 2013 10:05am
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Alexander (Leon, mexico)
Hello, can I use this map on my Garmin Montana 650? Thanks
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Yes, as on any other Garmin device capable of loading custom maps
31st December 2012 5:52pm
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Highdesert (USA, usa)
I am trying to get the Central America map onto my mac to view on my mac. I have followed your instructions, and the map is visible in map manager. But how do I see it in basecamp? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
Admin:
I don't have experience on Mac, but once you see the map in map manager you should be able to install it by clicking on "Install" button and then it should be ready to be used in BaseCamp
27th November 2012 11:51pm
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Wayne (Scotland, uk)
thanks
30th September 2012 9:24pm
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Vincent Smith (Trujillo, spain)
How do I import the OSM basemap file into the basemap software. Also when will the address search start working?
Admin:
If you are asking about BaseCamp software, install the map as described above for MapSource and you'll be able to use it in BaseCamp. Regarding address search, it is already working both in devices (since the last month) and MapSource/BaseCamp (since one year or so)
13th February 2012 2:43pm
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