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Maps for Garmin based on OpenStreetMap

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Known issues

Garmin maps format is not public, so map generation process (done with mkgmap) is based in reverse engineering. As format has not been completely deciphered yet, there's still a number of problems affecting the maps. They have the advantage that data on them are most probably more up to date than commercial ones, although in some areas coverage is lower. Another great advantage is that anyone can complete or correct missing or wrong data. Below there is a list of known issues regarding the use of the maps.

  • Address search: in order to find a given street using 'Search by address' option of the GPS it is necessary to type the name of the street exactly as it is on the map, e.g. 'Calle de los Derechos Humanos' (Human Rights Street). It may be a problem for languages like Spanish or French, in which the name of the way is preceded by the type of way: Avenida de América, Paseo de la Castellana, etc. as it will be difficult to know how the name of a street is in the map: it may be Calle Derechos Humanos, C/ de los Derechos Humanos, Avenida América, etc.
    To avoid this, some changes are introduced that let you omit the type of way and also particles before the main part of the name. For the examples above, typing “Derechos Humanos”, “América” or “Castellana” will be enough. Some irrelevant words common at the end of street names, like Avenue, Street, Road (English), Strasse, Weg (German), kalea, bidea (Basque), etc. are also removed.
  • Roundabouts exit number: if a way entering a roundabout shares a node with an exiting way, that exit is not taken into account for the 'Take exit # to the right' instruction, although on screen it is correctly displayed. In fact, it is caused by errors in the data used to generate the map, and must be fixed on OpenStreetMap data.

Correct and wrong roundabouts

  • Advanced functions: some advanced functions, such as lane indication, on screen speed limit display, crossing search, etc. don't work.
  • Topographic maps on MapSource: contour lines behavior in MapSource is quite variable, some times they are displayed and some times they are not, without a known motive, just showing the number that indicates the height but not the line. However, although they are not seen, they are there and can be used, for example, to calculate a route profile (Edit menu->Route Properties->Show Profile...). On BaseCamp and QLandkarte GT this problem doesn't occur.

If you detect any other problem in the maps, other than those due to errors or lacks in OpenStreetMap data, please use the comments at the en of this page to report it.

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Comments (42)

Topic: Problems
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cristian (arteixo, Spain)
por que el mapa no aparece luego de instalarlo en la micro del gps nuvi205 ,gracias
7th September 2022 2:16am
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Sam-K (accra, Ghana)
I could not find my country Ghana's base map
18th August 2022 7:29am
Sarath (India)
I downloaded the latest maps for India - both BaseCamp and GPS versions. On BaseCamp, I planned a trip and when I transferred the trips to my device, the routes were "recalculated" to straight line with a note that the maps aren't the same. To try to bridge the gap, I deleted the GPS map and used BaseCamp to transfer the map along with the waypoints and routes but the error still persists. When I attempt recalculation on the device, few legs continue to remain straight lines while ... Read More
27th April 2022 7:14pm
Sarath (India)
Route sometimes doesn't get created from point A to B (just a straight line) on both BaseCamp and Zumo, but when I add intermediate way points, the route is properly created. What could be causing this?
27th April 2022 7:10pm
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Martin Landy (Manchester, UK)
This is the 1st Garmin device i have owned(Garmin pro 5 sat nav) i was driving to my fathers house and the road my Garmin was sending me down was closed so i chose another route and the garmin should just re route but it took me completely the wrong way. so i ignored the wrong instructions and it eventually corrected its self. updates needed for re calculating routes
19th November 2021 4:19pm
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