Mac OSX – Map Download

InstructionsOpenMTBMap-DownloadsVeloMapContourlinesNon Unicode

About the Maps - Please Read

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

- Map Data

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

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

Thanks to 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.

Super short Instructions:

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

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).

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: 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)

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 (not 600 / 650)
  • 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.


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 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 Unarchiver or another program that can unpack lzma2!

Openmtbmap maps Premium Download in Mac OSx format (gmap)

Upon several requests, I have decided to make available all openmtbmaps and velomaps available for download in Mac OSx gmap format for Basecamp. This saves you the hassle of converting them. All countries will however only be available for download for openmtbmap members. Austria is available as a download to everyone, so you can try it out.

So to try it out download the Map of Austria: Austria

For all Premium Downloads (except MacOSx contourlines) - you can find all update times in this file (alternatively click on the MD5 link after each download):

Local Language Maps
English Language Maps

Velomap gmap Mac OSX Downloads

Local Language Maps
EnglishLanguage Maps

Contourlines Downloads

Most countries, especially the popular ones, have the contourlines already integrated. 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





South America:

North America:

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 (not 600 / 650)
  • 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. 

Local Language Maps
English Language Maps

238 comments to Mac OSX – Map Download

  • sabatinik

    hi i have garmin etrax 30 i try to install marocco map bot version unicode but my garmin basecamp not show me the map i have a mac computer the other map run very well but marocco dosen’t someone know why ?

  • dejonghk

    Sorry, all sorted! my mistake!


    • extremecarver

      okay great (and if anyone wonders – no maps are completely independant – likely something in profile was wildly switched – or contours only map installed and then selected – or map details switched off).

  • dejonghk

    Good evening,

    Just downloaded and installed the map for Switzerland but it only shows the contour lines and new detail.
    Do I need to download the Europe map and map files first for it to work?
    I might have done something wrong in the installation.. Thanks!


  • dejonghk

    Good day,

    Just downloaded the map for Switzerland. On my device GPSMAP62S as well as Basecamp it shows only counter lines.
    Do I need to download Europe and Europe map files first?


  • hesher


    Thanks again for the English only maps – They are really awesome!
    Question – I’m a trail runner (that sometimes runs in streets)
    Which maps would you recommend for Trail running and which for Street running?

    Thank you!

  • zimmerma

    Habe meine Austria Map upgedated, jetzt wird auf meinem Edge nur mehr die Höhenlinien angezeigt.
    Habe mehrere Karten upgedated und auf GPS gespielt und nur bei der Austria Map gibt Probleme.
    Habe die SD-Karte auch schon formatiert, hat leider auch nicht funktioniert:-(
    Was kann der Fehler sein?
    Gruß Anton

    • extremecarver

      Die Karte wird in Basecamp korrekt angezeigt – nehme ich mal als Voraussetzung an. Dann stelle beim auswählen sicher dass du nicht per Klick einzelne Kacheln markierst – sondern mit gehaltener Maustaste ziehend markierst – sonst erwischst du evtl nur die Höhenlinien. 2. Im Kartensetupmenu am Edge sicherstellen dass die Karte aktiviert ist.
      3. Du darfst maximal 2048 Kacheln auf deinem Edge haben – bei richtig viel Kartenmaterial kann das schon mal überschritten werden – dann tauchen neue Karten nicht mehr (korrekt) auf. 4. Irgend eine andere Karte (weder von mir, noch von Garmin) blockiert die Anzeige (aber die sollte wenn nicht auf internem Speicher gespeichert ja nach Formatierung weg sein – ich tippe auf die erste Erklärung.

  • eduard_bcn


    I have tried to download the Georgia map (English version), but the link seems wrong and it opens the Greece map. Could you take a look?



  • roger_w

    Hallo extremecarver

    Erstmal danke für deine Arbeit die du da immer wieder machst! Top!

    Kleine Frage:
    Da mein altes Garmin 705 hinüber ist, habe ich mir einen Oregon 700 bestellt. Möchte dort eigentlich auch wieder die Alps-Karte laden, nun jedoch gesehen, dass es die Alps in diesem benötigten Nicht-Unicode-Format nicht gibt. Muss ich da jetzt auf die mtbeurope_macosx.7z (MD5) oder
    mtbeuropefile.7z (MD5) ausweichen? Wird es die Alps später auch noch in der Nicht-Unicode-Versionen geben?

    Vielen Dank für Dein Feedback
    und viele Grüsse

  • hesher


    I noticed Israel’s Labels are still in Hebrew in the non-unicode map version.
    Is that the map that you plan to move to english labels?


  • xarlyp3

    he instalado el mapa de europa “non unicode” ya que tengo un edge 820. se ha instalado el mtbeurope.gmap y he pedido en la carpeta \users\library\application support\garmin\maps el contenido de mtbeuropefile pero en base camp aparece un mapa sin detalles

    • xarlyp3


      I have install the complete europe map “non unicode” because I have a edge 820. The installation has already ok for mtbeurope.gmap, I can see the map in basecamp without details. I go to the location \users\library\application support\garmin\maps and paste the mtbeuropefile folder how you explain but I can not see the map details.

      please help me

      • extremecarver

        If you install the gmap via mapinstall – you should see the folder in \users\library\application support\garmin\maps\mtbeurope.gmap\ there already – if it is not than Mapinstall maybe chose another location – that would then explain why you cannot see the details. In principle just install a simple map like Spain – have a look at the folder structure of it – Europe map is identical in naming just way way more folders.

        • xarlyp3

          I installed the map with double click in gmap. today I try to intall via mapintall

        • xarlyp3

          I try to instal the map with mapintall but only can instal in the GPS not to view with basecamp. how I can instal the maps to view with basecamp?
          in other point, when I try to instal the maps with mapintall it make a error “There was a problem installing maps on your device. Make sure the device is plugged in and connected and try again.” I has download other map and I can instal but not with the europe map
          Who I proceed?

  • andys

    Der versuch die europakarte auf mac zu laden wurde 1GB vor ende abgebrochen,
    nach fast einer Stunde, was soll das?
    muss ich die karten jertzt alle einzeln laden?

    warum kann ich nicht posten?
    es wird immer von doppelpost gesprochen????

    • extremecarver

      Du hattest schon gepostet – Doppelpost Warnung war also korrekt.
      Zur Europakarte – was meinst du mit laden abgebrochen? Meinst du beim senden an dein Gerät wurde abgebrochen – oder beim herunterladen im Browser ist etwas abgebrochen?
      1. Sende zuerst mal nur einen kleinen Bereich – wenn das nicht geht hast du beim installieren einen Fehler gemacht. Installiere dann nochmal neu – überprüfe am besten die MD5 Hashes von Kartendaten wie Installer auf Korrektheit.
      2. Benutze einen Downloadmanger – der große Download kann easy einfach fortgeführt werden von jedem halbwegs gescheiten Downloadmanager (meine Empfehlung Firefox mit “Down Them All” Addon – bzw nicht ganz so gut aber besser als Safari – Chrome mit normaler Downloadfunktion).

  • dei light

    Dear Felix
    I downloaded Europe Map for Mac non-unicode for Garmin Montana 610.
    Is it true that inside added file,there aren’t “7xxxx” files ?
    Infact on Basecamp are missed level lines.
    I wish to know to understand if I did every step on correct way.

    I congratulate you on your work, maps are great and very interesting !!

    Best regards


  • atuerk

    Auf der Fenix 5X kommen die aktuellen Farben der Karte leider sehr schlecht raus. Die von Garmin mitgelieferte TopoActive ist viel besser erkennbar.
    Gibt es ein Möglichkeit das Farbschema anzupassen?
    Auf Deiner Homepage sprichst Du von 6 verschiedenen Layouts. Wo finde ich die?


  • spoeh-man

    Irgendwie scheint das Timestamp file defekt zu sein zumindest werden bei mir nur Hieroglyphen angezeigt

  • Zerzal

    Danke sorry, ich habe mich verschrieben. Es ist ein 810.
    Kann es daran liegen, das nur einzelne Kachel ausgewählt habe? Ich benötige eigentlich nur die CH und paar Km übergreifend… Bei der CH Karte sind alle grenzübergreifenden Gewässer nicht Blau. Das stört mich, deshalb verwende ich die Alps. Ich bilde mir auch ein, das diese aktueller gehalten wird….?

    Ich werde mal testweise die ganze Karte laden

    • extremecarver

      810 ist kein Problem. Du kannst schon einen kleinen Bereich auswählen – aber NICHT per Klick – sonder nur mit gehaltener Maustaste – sonst erwischst zu entweder die Höhenlinien oder die Karten an sich. Also den kompletten Bereich den du brauchst per Rechteck einziehen. (du erkennst an hell oder dünkler markiert ob beide Layers selektiert sind).
      Nein Alps und CH sind immer gleiches Datum. Das mit den grenzübergreifenden Gewässer geht nicht anders.

      • Zerzal

        Danke für deine Antwort… Verstehe, alles Klar. Habe jetzt mal die Swiss Karte geladen und die Höhenlinien sind da. Jetzt weiss ich auch warum es dort 2 verschieden Blau töne gibt, hab ich mich schon immer gefragt. Schade das man im Mapinstall nicht alles auf einmal auch wieder ab-wählen kann…. Jedenfalls habe ich noch nicht gesehen wie…
        Ah, übrigens mit der Neusten Swiss Karte sind die Gewässer jetzt Grenzübergreifend blau, jedenfalls in Basecamp…. Danke und Gruss

  • Zerzal

    Ich habe mir die neuste Alps Karte geladen und sie mit dem Wide Layout auf meinen Garmin Edge 820 geladen. mir werden aber keine Höhenlinien angezeigt… Muss man diese jetzt separat aktivieren?

    Gruss Chrigi

    • extremecarver

      Du musst die beim senden mit auswählen indem du mit gedrückter Maustaste ziehend die Kacheln auswählst – allerdings kann es sein dass das 820 die Karten mit Höhenlinien nicht darstellt – das 820 ist da derzeit irgendwie verbuggt.

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