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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). You can also use MapSource with wine and load maps running the auto-install file (wine OpenStreetMap_*.exe) or copying *.gmap folder into .wine/drive_c/ProgramData/GARMIN/Maps/

  • Windows: maps can be used with the open source programs Qlandkarte GT, its sucessor QMapShack or MapEdit++ or with Garmin software MapSource or BaseCamp.

    In order to load maps in MapSource or BaseCamp, you just have to run the file named «OpenStreetMap_*.exe» and follow wizard steps. It is important not to change installation path (typically C:\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps in Windows 10), otherwise BaseCamp will not be able to read map.

  • Mac: you will need Garmin programs BaseCamp (to open maps, plan routes, etc.) and MapInstall and MapManager (to send maps to GPS) installed in your system. To see the maps on BaseCamp you must proceed as follows:

    • Open the file you have downloaded in a “Finder“ window. Within it, you'll find a folder called “OpenStreetMap Country Type.gmap“.
    • In another “Finder“ window, go to “Applications“, right click on “Garmin BaseCamp“ icon and select “Show Package Contents” option.
    • “Contents“ folder will show up and, within it, “Resources“ folder. Move “OpenStreetMap Country Type.gmap“ folder into “Resources“. Once done, map will be ready to be used in BaseCamp.

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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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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Julio (Rio de Janeiro, brazil)
I've unzipped the downloaded file, copied the image file into the Garmin folder, but my nuvi 40 doesn't show the map downloaded amongst its options. Did I skip anything? Thanks.
Admin:
The steps you describe seem to be correct. It should work, don't know what may be wrong. Could you give more details?
1st July 2013 6:44am
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Katharina (Western Cape, south_africa)
hi I have a garnim nüvi 40 in South Africa with maps of southern Africa - namibia, botswana, mozambique, lesotho and swasiland. I would like to have maps for Malawi, Tanzania and Sambia. If I get some maps with you guys are they compatible and can I put them onto my garnim? If yes we are happy to donate :-) Let me know how that works many thanks Katharina
Admin:
Hello Katharina My maps are compatible with all Garmin devices which are able to display maps. I have currently available Tanzania maps so you can download and test it. If you want any map not currently in my site, such as Malawi or Sambia, I can prepare them in approximately one week each one. You have more information about how it works for new maps at http://mapas.alternativaslibres.es/moremaps_en.php
13th June 2013 10:23pm
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