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About the Maps - Please Read

Video Tutorial how to send the maps - this Video was made using Windows MapInstall - but the differences are tiny. For more Video Tutorials explaining all the basics go here: https://openmtbmap.org/tutorials/beginnners_windows/

Maps are available Worldwide. They are usually updated every Friday.

- Map Data

All maptiles are compiled with mkgmap using map data from openstreetmap.org & Contributors. You can use and edit the map data by visiting openstreetmap.org.

Thanks to Geofabrik for providing the map data snapshots which I use to create the maps.

Thanks to http://viewfinderpanoramas.org for the best DEM (contourlines) available on the net.

-- For Copyrights please see the Installer or if you unextract the installer see the file copyright.txt.

Contourlines/DEM data:

The altitude data for the contourlines is from varying sources in the following priority (if available):

  1. LIDAR data from open government data and other openly available sources - collected and converted to hgt format by - Sonny - https://data.opendataportal.at/dataset/dtm-austria This data is very very high quality and resolution - there is no better open data available according to my knowledge.
  2. ALOS World 3D30 - überall zwischen N60° und S60°
  3. SRTM 1" v3.0 - very rarely for some tiles missing in ALOS data - also only between N60° and S60°.
  4. Viewfinderpanormas 1" - then 3" - above N60° / below S60° as there is no SRTM data nor ALOS or LIDAR Data avialble.
  5. SRTM v3.0 by NASA 3" v3.0 (very very rarely, 8 tiles only)

more exact info which data is used where - inside the copyright.txt files.

The default contourlines equidistance is 20m - meaning every 20m altitude difference one contourline. For all countries with the highest point below 1000m - the default equidistance is 10m. However due to popular demand I also additionally offer optional 10m contourlines for all countries with altitude above 1000m. These optional 10m contourlines are only available as separte maps in Basecamp. They cannot be integrated into the default maps like the 20m contourlines.

Super short Instructions:

Installation is in principle easy. Unpack with The Unarchiver or Keka - then install with doubleclick. However here are the detailed Instructions for Installation and Newbies. It also explains how to change the map layout - which is a must before sending them to your GPS:

https://openmtbmap.org/tutorials/install-maps-mac-osx/

For The Europe continent map, and all maps that have the contourlines as a separate download - please make sure to read the above linked tutorial (you additionally need to extract one folder and move it to the right location).

Decompress / Unpack .7z:

I recommend:  keka or the Unarchiver

 

Programs to Display the Mac OSX Openmtbmap

Please use the latest Garmin Mac OSX Basecamp Version. Maps are not compatible with Basecamp v2 or older (as well with other old Garmin Mac OSx programs (e.g. Roadtrip)).

 

Problems - Help - Tutorials

Beginners Guide can be found here: get started with openmtbmaps

An installation guide and general MAC OSX specific Tutorial can be found here

Send Maps to GPS with Basecamp/Mapinstall: tutorials/send-maps-to-your-gps/mapsource/ I recommend to always send maps to an external data card and not internal memory. (this way if something goes wrong, or maps would be damaged you run less danger of wrecking your GPS).

Please also read the FAQ

Current Issues

The address search is not working consistently. Most problems are due to inconsistent data structures in OSM address data.

- General: Autorouting over longer distances on GPS works only with Via Points. plan-routes-efficiently

- Autorouting needs attributes like tracktype, bicycle routes, mtb:scale, sac_scale, mtb routes and others to work well. So keep care to enter those details into OSM. (not all are needed, but enough for me to guesstimate wheter a street is cyclefriendly/mtbriendly or not).

- Non Connected ways and overlapping ways without node, this is the main problem and a problem of the underlaying map data - please check here: http://keepright.ipax.at/report_map.php Only check/enable: "almost Junctions" , "intersections without junctions" as well as "overlapping ways". This helps you to quickly spot the erros. You can then follow the link to Potlatch (or also JOSM is integrated for JOSM users) and quickly correct mistakes! Watch out not to connect ways that are not connected in reality (i.e. a way crosses another on a brigde, here no connecting node is the right solution). - If you use Windows 2000 you may need to install the "reg" command : Reg cmd at Microsoft. Batches are incompatible to earlier Windows versions. - Note sometimes sea is missing. This is not an issue, but currently not differently possible. It is usually a problem in OSM data.

Notice on Updating Maps

If you want to be notified by email on map updates please go to the frontpage and enter your email address in the subscribe field of the left sidebar. You only get an e-mail when there are changes besides a simple map data update. Map updates are usually every Thursday night / Friday morning. You can look at the server to see the date of map upload. To update the maps, simply overwrite the old data or use Mapinstall.

Overlapping maps in border regions

While you can join maps of different countries, routing over the boundary is a bit shaky, and you will have one map overlaying the other with white background. As long as mkgmap cannot create randomly shaped overview maps (currently only rectangles), this problem is not solvable. There is however the possibility to download a Europe map, which will be updated every 4-6 weeks.

 

Velomap and Openmtbmap of the same Country -- Problems

If you install an openmtbmap and a VeloMap of the same country with contourlines as separate download (and Spain as well as Canary Islands), you should only send the contourlines once (meaning with either Openmtmbap or Velomap of the country). Else you GPS might not show the maps, or worse not even start until maps are deleted.

Therefore: Install one map without conoturlines. E.g. install openmtbmap Europe with contourlines, but do not install the contourlines for Velomap Europe.

-- This is not a problem with countries where contourlines are fully integrated like Germany, Alps, Austria,......

 

Compatibility - Standard (Unicode) vs Non Unicode (cannot authenticate maps)

Unicode is needed to display several alphabets in one map. Non Unicode maps can only display a single alphabet - e.g. kyrillic and latin - but not both. However Garmin blocked using Unicode maps in part of a broken copyright protection on newer GPS device series.

In general just download the Maps from the first "OpenMTBMap" tab - they are in unicode if useful. If you get the message - "cannot authenticate maps", and you have  you have one of the following devices:

  • All Garmin devices presented 2016 or newer
  • Edge 1000,820,520
  • Epix
  • Etrex 20x / 30x (not "etrex 30")
  • Etrex Touch 25/35
  • GPS Maps 64 series
  • Montana 610, 680
  • Oregon 700,750
  • Some recent Nuvi devices - as well as some super old devices that do not support Unicode. (E.g. Garmin Vista C, GPS Maps 60 C)

you will need to download the "non unicode" version of the map instead. So get the map from the "non unicode openmtbmap" tab instead. Only maps of regions where several different scripts are used - are in unicode. If Latin is the predominant script - then of course no unicode map is offered. If your device can display Unicode maps - then of course get the standard version - meaning Unicode.

 

Garmin Edge x30 or newer

Garmin introduced a completely broken high contrast mode - that washes out the colors of the maps. Either disable the high contrast mode on the map visibility section. Or delete the \Garmin\MapThemes\Mountain.kmtf (sometimes also called \Garmin\MapThemes\Mountains.kmtf ) file (back it up if you think you ever want to use that mode. Since the newest firmware in July 2021 you need to enable classic mode - 

Activity Profiles, select a profile, and select Navigation > Map > Map Theme.

Classic: This shows the OpenMTBMaps / VeloMaps as intended, however POI are now shown from Edge profile. Better is removing of the kmtf files if they are not auto restored (then you would need to put an empty kmtf).
High Contrast: Complete fuckup by Garmin - because they are not able to make their own maps high contrast in first place.
Mountain Biking: Complete fuckup by Garmin - because they are not able to make their own maps high contrast in first place.

 

 

Language and Codepage

Default - Local Language Unicode. All labels / street names are exactly like in the name tag of OSM. Note for any country that uses latin - the default will be latin1 and the options below are not available. An exception is the South America continent map that is additionally available in English Non Unicode. For USA/Canada this is also the only option. For European countries using latin if you want the English version - you can use the European continent map that is available in English versions.

English Unicode: If available in OSM - English or other European language translation is used. If no translation is available in OSM, the local name tag is used.

Local Language Non Unicode: Same as default but instead of Unicode the local codepage is used. So some characters may need to be transcribed automatically in creation. Codepage is always the local default codepage.

English Language Non Unicode (always latin1): If available English or other European language translation from OSM is used. If not names are transcribed to Latin. 

 

Feedback

Please comment if you like theese maps or even better tell other people about them (forums, blog about it, twitter, etc…) In case maps break Basecamp or don't work - please write exactly which downloads don't work and the time of download as well as your OS and Mapsource version.. Before posting problems please read through here https://openmtbmap.org/download/#problems-help-tutorials and here though FAQ

And don't forget if you have problems unpacking the maps - .7z is a container, the actual compression I use is the very modern lzma2, most .7z archives however use the older lzma compression, therefore make your you use the latest The Unarchiver or keka or another program that can unpack lzma2!

 

For non member to try it out download the Map of Austria:

OpenMTBMap Austria

VeloMap Austria

 

If you want to know the last update time, MD5 Checksum or exact filesize of a download - just look into the MD5 link that follows each download.

 

You will need to download the Non Unicode Version if you have one of the following devices:

  • All Garmin devices presented 2016 or newer
  • Edge 1000,820,520
  • Epix
  • Etrex 20x / 30x (not "etrex 30")
  • Etrex Touch 25/35
  • GPS Maps 64 series
  • Montana 610, 680
  • Oregon 700,750
  • Some recent Nuvi devices - as well as some super old devices that do not support Unicode. (E.g. Garmin Vista C, GPS Maps 60 C)

This is due to a firmware bug that Garmin introduced as part of their efforts to cut down on people "pirating" their maps. However by doing that they also cut down on Unicode maps produced by mkgmap or even some of their old (legitimate) maps which are not running anymore on these devices. You will know that you need to use the Non Unicode map if on boot your GPS device tells you to "unlock maps". Why is the Europe Map in Unicode? Well for example in Greece and some Eastern Europe countries the script is Cyrillic not latin - and only Unicode maps can contain both scripts in one map. So the non unicode map will not correctly show labels in such countries. Use the country non unicode map instead. They are always in the predominant script of the country.

Note1: if you install the non Unicode version of a map - you will overwrite the Unicode map. You can only have either or installed.

Here only those countries are listed - where the standard download is Unicode. If you don't find a country here - look at the standard downloads.

Contourlines are identical to Unicode maps.

Note - if a country is not listed here - it means the normal map is non unicode anyhow. Only maps with (Unicode) behind the name are unicode. E.g. for Germany there is no need for a Unicode map - as only latin is used in Germany.

Note - local language maps of: Sri-Lanka, Nepal and Cambodia are in latin1  - so the local language maps are not very useful. There is no ANSI Codepage available (besides Unicode) that would support the script/garmin units. Israel-Palestine map is in hebrew (so the Palestine area is not useful). Afghanistan codepage is for Dari - Pashto is not supported outside of Unicode. 

 

Language and Codepage

Default - Local Language Unicode. All labels / street names are exactly like in the name tag of OSM. Note for any country that uses latin - the default will be latin1 and the options below are not available. An exception is the South America continent map that is additionally available in English Non Unicode. For USA/Canada this is also the only option. For European countries using latin if you want the English version - you can use the European continent map that is available in English versions.

English Unicode: If available in OSM - English or other European language translation is used. If no translation is available in OSM, the local name tag is used.

Local Language Non Unicode: Same as default but instead of Unicode the local codepage is used. So some characters may need to be transcribed automatically in creation. Codepage is always the local default codepage.

English Language Non Unicode (always latin1): If available English or other European language translation from OSM is used. If not names are transcribed to Latin. 

Local Language Maps

OpenMTBMap Non Unicode

Continents map downloads:

Europe map downloads:

German Bundeslaender Mac OSx Downloads:

Openmtbmap France DOM-TOM:

Africa map downloads – (contourlines separate except for Canary Islands):

Asia Map Downloads – (contourlines separate):

Australia-Oceania Mac OSX map downloads:

North America Mac OSX Map Downloads: 

For an Overview of the areas covered by the US-extracts please visit: https://openmtbmap.org/support/north-america/

  • us-midwest (MD5) (from North Dakota in the Northwest to Detroit / Akron in the Norteast, to Missouri in the Southeast and Kansas in the Southwest)
  • us-northeast (MD5) (northeast of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)
  • us-pacific (MD5) (Alaska, Hawai and other Pacific Islands)
  • us-south (MD5) (south of Baltimore, Louisville, Tulsa / Oklahoma City)
  • us-west (MD5) (west of Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuerque — complete N/S or Canada to Mexiko)

South America Premium map downloads (contourlines separate download except Uruguay):

VeloMap Non Unicode

Continents map downloads:

Europe map downloads:

 

German Bundeslaender Mac OSx Velomap downloads:

France – DOM-TOM Velomap downloads:

Africa map downloads – (contourlines separate except for Canary Islands):

Asia Map Downloads – (contourlines separate):

Australia-Oceania Mac OSX Velomap downloads:

North America Mac OSX Velomap Downloads

 

  • us-midwest (MD5) (from North Dakota in the Northwest to Detroit / Akron in the Norteast, to Missouri in the Southeast and Kansas in the Southwest)
  • us-northeast (MD5) (northeast of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)
  • us-pacific (MD5) (Alaska, Hawai and other Pacific Islands)
  • us-south (MD5) (south of Baltimore, Louisville, Tulsa / Oklahoma City)
  • us-west (MD5) (west of Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuerque — complete N/S or Canada to Mexiko)

South America Mac OSX Velomap Downloads – (contourlines separate download except for Uruguay)

English Language Maps - ONLY for Countries not using Latin

OpenMTBMap Non Unicode

Continents map downloads:

Europe map downloads:

Africa map downloads – (contourlines separate except for Canary Islands):

Asia Map Downloads – (contourlines separate):

 

North America

 

VeloMap Non Unicode

Continents map downloads:

Europe map downloads:

Africa map downloads – (contourlines separate except for Canary Islands):

Asia Map Downloads – (contourlines separate):

 

North America

 

For non member to try it out download the Map of Austria:

OpenMTBMap Austria

VeloMap Austria

 

If you want to know the last update time, MD5 Checksum or exact filesize of a download - just look into the MD5 link that follows each download.

Standard - Local Language Maps

OpenMTBMap

Continents Mac OSX map downloads (contourlines separate download):

 

Openmtbmap Mac OSx Europe Downloads:

 

German Bundeslaender Mac OSx Downloads:

Openmtbmap France DOM-TOM:

Africa Mac OSX map downloads – (contourlines separate download except for Canary Islands):

Asia Mac OSX Map Downloads (contourlines separate download):

Australia-Oceania Mac OSX map downloads:

North America Mac OSX Map Downloads: 

For an Overview of the areas covered by the US-extracts please visit: https://openmtbmap.org/support/north-america/

  • us-midwest (MD5) (from North Dakota in the Northwest to Detroit / Akron in the Norteast, to Missouri in the Southeast and Kansas in the Southwest)
  • us-northeast (MD5) (northeast of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)
  • us-pacific (MD5) (Alaska, Hawai and other Pacific Islands)
  • us-south (MD5) (south of Baltimore, Louisville, Tulsa / Oklahoma City)
  • us-west (MD5) (west of Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuerque — complete N/S or Canada to Mexiko)

South America Premium map downloads (contourlines separate download except Uruguay):

 
VeloMap
 

Continents Mac OSX Velomap downloads – (contourlines separate download):

Europe Mac OSx Velomap Downloads:

German Bundeslaender Mac OSx Velomap downloads:

France – DOM-TOM Velomap downloads:

Africa Mac OSX Velomap downloads – (contourlines separate download except for Canary Islands):

Asia Mac OSX Velomap Downloads – (contourlines separate download):

Australia-Oceania Mac OSX Velomap downloads:

North America Mac OSX Velomap Downloads

  • us-midwest (MD5) (from North Dakota in the Northwest to Detroit / Akron in the Norteast, to Missouri in the Southeast and Kansas in the Southwest)
  • us-northeast (MD5) (northeast of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)
  • us-pacific (MD5) (Alaska, Hawai and other Pacific Islands)
  • us-south (MD5) (south of Baltimore, Louisville, Tulsa / Oklahoma City)
  • us-west (MD5) (west of Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuerque — complete N/S or Canada to Mexiko)

South America Mac OSX Velomap Downloads – (contourlines separate download except for Uruguay)

English Language Maps - ONLY for Countries not using Latin

OpenMTBMap

Continents Mac OSX map downloads (contourlines separate download):

 

Openmtbmap Mac OSx Europe Downloads:

Africa Mac OSX map downloads – (contourlines separate download except for Canary Islands):

Asia Mac OSX Map Downloads (contourlines separate download):

 

North America

VeloMap
 

Continents Mac OSX Velomap downloads – (contourlines separate download):

 

Europe Mac OSx Velomap Downloads:

Africa Mac OSX Velomap downloads – (contourlines separate download except for Canary Islands):

Asia Mac OSX Velomap Downloads – (contourlines separate download):

 

North America

Contourlines Downloads

Most countries, especially the popular ones, have the 20m contourlines already integrated and activated. The 10m are integrated and can be used instead (see Mac OSx tutorial 2ab). However for several countries the contourlines are rather large (rule of thumb if contourlines have more data than the maps) and I integrate them, but you need to download them separately (once). 

In general it is fine to only update the map, as I try to change the contourlines as seldom as possible. Installation instructions for contourlines Point 2a here: Install contourlines on Mac OSx

Default - 20m Contourlines

Continents 20m

Australia-Oceania 20m:

Asia 20m:

Africa 20m:

Europe:

South America 20m:

North America 20m:

 

10m Equidistance Contourlines for PC installation

Install the same way as the 20m conoturlines. Step 2ab) in the Mac OSx tutorial. Only difference is the 10m folders name start with 9 instead of with 7.

In mountaineous regions I recommend to use 20m equidistance instead. However as of popular demand you can alternatively download 10m equidistance for all countries and continents (except Asia continent map – because it is too large). Note that the underlying data outside of Europe in mountaineous regions is actually not good enough to really profit from 10m equidistance lines at all. For flat regions however worldwide 10m contourlines can make sense. So that’s why I offer them for download worldwide.

Also in Europe only where there is LIDAR coverage 10m contourlines make sense in mountain regions. Inside the copyright file you can find out the data sources.

In general I recommend not to install more than 6-8GB of maps on your device at any time. As the contourlines do not have an address index or any POI they don’t count towards that limit – as they will not slow down your device like normal maps do.

Do note however that all Garmin devices have a max tile limit of 2048 or 4096 – so do not forget about that. The South America contourlines 10m for example already have about 3000 tiles.  So better just export those ones that you need with MapInstall and do not send the full continent.

If you break the 2048 or 4096 tile limit – some tiles simply will not be shown – which ones I cannot tell you – that’s random. 

 

Continents Contourlines 10m:

Australia-Oceania 10m:

Asia 10m:

Africa 10m:

Europe:

South America 10m:

North America 10m:

 

219 comments to Premium Mac OSX – Map Download

  • johannrydes

    Hi Felix !
    I just bought a 1 year membership today, to try your maps, since I couldn’t post this mssg without being a paying member…
    I use maps a lot as a motorcycle tours’ guide. Work on Mac. And use Garmin Basecamp on desktop, and a Montana 680 on the bike.

    Thank you for your work and this website, which I suppose is slowly replacing the dying garmin.openstreetmap.nl website ? Before today I always found happily what I needed on Lambertus’ site, which now unfortunately seems to be drifting away. It asked me to wait for 360 days!!!! to get a map of Tanzania. Too bad, because I really like the ‘Openfiets Lite’ format he proposed there.
    So here is my first question : I don’t seem to be finding in your various layouts sth close to this ‘Openfiets’ style. Though both of you are based on the OSM maps database. Why?

    Second point : I really love your contours maps (I’ve downloaded the Tanzania one to see). Any tip on how I could use both at the same time? In other words have the Contours info.xml within the mtb folder? – I tried your 10m & 20m in the mtb layouts, but I see no difference, no contour line even showing in Basecamp. Tried at all levels of zoom.

    Third point : I live in India, and India map is what I use the most. Strangely, I could not find India to download ! Why?

    Thank you if you can to all these requests.

    • extremecarver

      1. my maps have been there since before lambertus every published maps. I in no way intend to replace it.
      2. I really do not think the openfietsmap layout is good. It is way too green – and doesn’t highlight important things. I know many people like it – but I find it horrible from usage point. So no I will not offer a similar layout.
      3. Follow the tutorial step 2ab) – put the contourlines into the map folder of the installed map – then replace with the right info.xml. You can use either 10m or 20m (of course not both at the same time) – you could however unpack both the 10m and the 20m into the map installation folder.
      https://openmtbmap.org/tutorials/install-maps-mac-osx/
      4. India is listed under Asia. Just note – there is only one version as it doesn’t make sense to offer India with another script than latin IMHO (or better I would not know which script too). Also therefore there is no english version – but just the local language one which should be english anyhow. But yeah – maybe it would make sense to offer an English version? I don’t actually know how much local language is used in the name tage of openstreetmap in India. I assumed name is alway English, and Tamil or other languages would use a subkey.

      • johannrydes

        Thank you for your quick reply! This really helped me. And now I’ve taken some time to put more brain into the whole thing, so my reply’s purpose here is also to possibly help others and contribute.
        1) I didn’t know, so twice congrats to you then! What I meant is that since Lambertus’ site seems no longer maintained or taken care of, I think that you will replace it, for some users like me.
        2) It seems there are several ‘Openfiets’ styles, depending on where you download it from. The OSM base is same, but the laying out will differ here or there. I attach 2 screenshots as a comparative study I’ve made today, on the same zone somewhere in Tanzania. This ‘Openfiets’ indeed looks terrible. You can’t even for sure make out between a river or a road. Then the same area with your ‘Desktop’ layout + the contours (20m), and that looks great !!
        But the ‘Openfiets’ I had already for India, was looking much better than the one one above. I got it from Lambertus site at the time it was working fine.
        3) Once you’ve put some a bit of time and brain into it, it becomes fun, and quite easy. So much that now I have a even set a configuration I like for Basecamp (with the contours) which make a lovely map to work on. And, a different config for my GPS device, where it’s better to keep the contours as a separate file, that you activate only when needed. For that I had to figure out that the settings in Basecamp are the one that will be installed on the GPS. And the layer with the contours made it difficult to see the roads and tracks.
        4) I was not looking into the right folder, hence I didn’t find it. Then in the Latin characters folders I got it, since yes English is ok as a language to navigate an Indian map.

        • extremecarver

          well that one is simply without contours – but the area is not having much information. In general the openfietsmap uses kinda green background everywhere – it completly destroys the contrast of the roads / pathes / tracks. The desktop layout of my maps is not meant for GPS device – it is low contrast because it’s nicer on desktop – but not on GPS devices.

          • johannrydes

            Mmh I got that. So, which layout would you recommend for use on a GPS device? I have noticed that what is installed on the device is the settings you have chosen in Basecamp. Then, if I want not the ‘desktop’ layout, you have to first set the layout in Basecamp that you want on your GPS, then do the installation, then come back to the folder and re-install the desktop layout. Correct?

  • Achim Schroebel

    Hallo Felix, ich kann die Bundesländer problemlos auf meinem Mac installieren, nur mit der Deutschlandkarte habe ich Probleme. Ich benutze zur Zeit eine Deutschlandkarte von 2016, soll/muss ich die vorher deinstallieren? Grüße Achim

  • Achim Schroebel

    Hi Felix, I am working with a Mac…

  • Achim Schroebel

    Hi Felix, I didn’t find a tutorial how to install a Non Unicode map on my GPSMAP 64sx. I can install the Unicode version in Basecamp, but not the Non Unicode. I am a bit confused. Regards Achim

  • dubtec

    Hi Felix,

    same ahere as Uwe – not exactly sure what map I need for my loyal companion, a Garmin Edge 810. Would it be complicated for You to host a Wiki, such that users could post / edit recommendations?

    But I actually came here to let You know of an actual issue: I am trying to change the layout of my map to a Wide layout running the scripts included in the archive. In my case, Mac OS X Big Sur that is, the script runs into an error: “0./change_layout_mtbmap.sh: line 381: ./resources/gmt_osx: Bad CPU type in executable”. Can You support with that? I assume it’s related to GMT not matching to Big Sur’s requirements for 64bit architecture, but that’s more of a vague guess…

    Thanks + regards!

  • uwedd

    Hi, I am a bit confused about the unicode maps: Is unicode or non-unicode required for Garmin GPSMAP 66s? Many thanks, Uwe

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