Windows/Linux – OpenMtbMap Map Download

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Video Tutorial how to send the maps. For more Video Tutorials explaining all the basics go here: https://openmtbmap.org/tutorials/beginnners_windows/

 

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 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.

-- 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 equidistance is 20m - meaning every 20m altitude 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. The installer cannot integrate the optional 10m contourlines into the maps however.

 

Programs to Display the Openmtbmap

Besides being shown on (nearly) all Garmin GPS devices - most People will use Garmin Basecamp (v4 or later) to show the maps on their Desktop and plan tours/trips.

For anyone on the good side of earth AKA Linux - Openmtbmap.org maps are also correctly shown in Qlandkarte_GT - QLandkarte_GT is compatible with all big OS (Linux, MacOSx and well Windows too). Linux users can alternatively install Mapsource 6.13.6 in WINE. The .exe files can be unpacked with 7zip. After unpacking you find instructions for Qlandkarte / Linux use in a .txt file (informations... .txt).

For Linux/Unix users there is also a script to unpack the maps, and automatically create a gmapsupp: https://github.com/btittelbach/openmtbmap_openvelomap_linux You can unpack the .exe with 7-zip , ( Linux users use p7zip-full --> see here for more details), MacOSx Users can use "Unarchiver" (requires v3.0 or newer) . After unpacking you find instructions for Qlandkarte / Linux use in a .txt file (informations... .txt).

For General Use - Basecamp is much better than Mapsource by now - The only thing were Mapsource is better is selecting parts of maps to send. The only usable Mapsource version is 6.16.3. Mapsource versions 6.14 to 6.15.6 are complete junk. Also note that Mapsource versions prior to 6.16.1 do not show all ways and pathes so they are not really usable. 

 

Problems - Help - Tutorials

Beginners Guide can be found here: get started with openmtbmaps

Install Basecamp/Mapsource: tutorials/install-mapsource/

Install the Openmtbmap on your PC: tutorials/install/ explains the options of the installer.

Send Maps to GPS with Mapsource/Basecmap: tutorials/send-maps-to-your-gps/mapsource/ I recommend to allways 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).

Alternative: Use create_gmapsupp.img.bat and place the newly created gmapsupp.img into /garmin folder on your GPS. Address search cannot be included this way. If you use create_gmapsupp.img_with_mkgmap address search will be enabled, but you need depending on the size of the map quite a lot of free RAM.

Send maps to GPS with mkgmap (for Unix users): tutorials/send-maps-to-your-gps/mkgmap/

Basecamp Error / debug Mapsource: There is a problem with the MapSource / Basecamp registry. Please re-install Mapsource and start again Solve with Mapsource Fix Or with Mapset Toolkit

Please also read the FAQ

Change Layout and Contrast of the maps

On installation you can choose the layout of the maps. Traditional layout is for Qlandkarte GT, Mapsource and Basecamp and offers a good layout and design for big screens. On the GPS thin, classic and wide or easy or hiking offer high contrast for best orientation while riding your bike or hiking.

In order to change the layout - simply run openmtbmap_country_change_layout.exe (this is also linked in your Start --> Programs Folder for each map). This also enables you to quickly change the layout before sending maps to your GPS device, and then quickly change it back for better planning on your desktop.

You can adapt the .TYP-files, which are responsible for the layout - and therefore the map colours, to your liking by using http://maptk.de/. Do not use http://ati.land.cz/gps/typdecomp/editor.cgi because it is not fully compatible and may corrupt the .TYP-file.

 

Compatibility - 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.

Newer Garmin devices cannot use free unicode maps (except if you hack the firmware) - usually a "cannot authenticate maps" message which show on boot. The following Garmin outdoor devices are affected:

  • All Garmin devices presented 2016 or newer
  • Edge 1000
  • 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. Only maps of regions where several different scripts are used - are in unicode. I've listed the non unicode maps however also unter the unicode header for convenience (actually only maps with (unicode ) following their name are actually in unicode.

Also english version of maps is only available for countries/regions not using latin only.

 

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. 

 

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. Solve with WinGDB: 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 wether a street is cyclefriendly/mtbriendly or not).

- Note sometimes sea/lakes are missing/emtpy. 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 run a newer .exe Download.

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. Get Europe Map here (donation needed): https://openmtbmap.org/support/europe-map/

 

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, 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. There are several possibilities.

a) Install both maps without contourlines and contourlines separately (install separate contourlines only map option in installer). You have not trouble.

b) be careful here: Select the map as usual in Basecamp/Mapinstall, then go to the list of the selected tiles ready to be sent to the GPS, scroll down to the bottom, and unselect the contourlines only tiles from the list.

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

 

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 Basecamp version.. Please also look here https://openmtbmap.org/download/#problems-help-tutorials or in the FAQ

Map Downloads by GWDG

Premium maps are only downloadable for people who have a openmtbmap membership. For last map update: please look at recent posts for changes - usually maps are updated at least every 7 days with updates on Thursday/Friday.

To check the last update time for a map - just click onto the MD5 link.

Standard - Local Language Maps (Unicode if useful)
  Map Legend

Continents map downloads – (contourlines separate download):

Europe map downloads:

German Bundeslaender map downloads:

France – French DOM-TOM (premium maps):

Africa map downloads – (contourlines separate download except Canary Islands, Cape-Verde, Comores, Kenya, Mauritius, Saint-Helena-Ascension and Tristan-da-Cunha, Seychelles, Sudan):

Asia Map Downloads – (contourlines separate download except Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, South-Korea, Sri-Lanka):

 

Australia-Oceania Premium map downloads:

North America Premium Map Downloads:

South America Premium map downloads – (contourlines separate download):

Premium Unicode English Language Maps - ONLY for Countries not using Latin
Continents map downloads – (contourlines separate download):

Europe map downloads:

Africa map downloads – (contourlines separate download except Canary Islands, Cape-Verde, Comores, Kenya, Mauritius, Saint-Helena-Ascension and Tristan-da-Cunha, Seychelles, Sudan):

Asia Map Downloads – (contourlines separate download except Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, South-Korea, Sri-Lanka):

Contourlines Premium Downloads

Most countries, especially the popular ones, have the 20m 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). The installer will ask for the contourlines file as soon as you activate the checkbox to integrate the contourlines in the installer. You do not need to extract the contourlines - this will be done by the installer (and is only needed once. On updates you don't need to redo it).

In general it is fine to only update the map, as I try to change the contourlines as seldom as possible. The 10m contourlines always have to be downloaded once - the installer will ask for the 7z 10m download and unpack and install them for you if you activate the 10m contourlines checkbox.

Standard - 20m Contourlines

Continents

Africa:

Asia:

Australia-Oceania:

Europe:

North America:

South America:

10m Equidistance Contourlines for Windows

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. Note that the underlying data outside of Europe in mountaineous regions is actually not good enough to really profit from 10m equidistance lines in steeper areas. 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:

Europe Contourlines 10m:

German Bundeslaender 10m:

France DOM-TOM 10m:

Africa Contourlines 10m:

Asia Contourlines 10m:

Australia-Oceania Contourlines 10m

North America Contourlines 10m: 

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 Contourlines 10m:

If you get the message - "cannot authenticate maps" or you have you have one of the following devices:

  • All Garmin devices presented 2016 or newer
  • Edge 1000
  • 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 of the unicode version. 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 if needed for 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.

Note2: The contourlines are identical for openmtbmap/velomap and unicode or non unicode. You only need to download them once. On updates it's enough to re-download and reinstall the map installer.

Note3: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.

Note4 - 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. 

Premium - Local Language Maps
 

Continents map downloads:

Europe map downloads:

France – French DOM-TOM (premium maps):

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

Asia Map Downloads – (contourlines separate):

 

Australia-Oceania Premium map downloads:

North America Premium Map Downloads:

South America Premium map downloads – (contourlines separate download):

Premium - English Language Maps - ONLY for Countries not using Latin

Continents map downloads:

Europe map downloads:

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

Asia Map Downloads – (contourlines separate):

Openmtbmap (and VeloMap) maps Premium Download in Mac OSx format (gmap)

I have decided to make available all openmtbmaps and velomaps also in gmap format for Mac OSX. Please get them from here: https://openmtbmap.org/download/macosx/

For VeloMap downloads please go here: https://openmtbmap.org/download/velomap/

(note if you are not a OpenMTBMap member - please directly go to www.velomap.org/

285 comments to Windows/Linux – OpenMtbMap Map Download

  • Jürg

    Hallo Felix
    wollte die mtbeurope Karte neu installieren, finde aber die dazu benötigte Höhen-Konturlinien Datei mtbeurope.7z nirgends.
    Was mach ich falsch

    Gruss Jürg

  • mikehageman

    The bulgaria map gives an error (see attached screenshot). The map and 10m contourlines do not match.

  • Werner331

    Hallo, ich habe noch ein GARMIN EDGE705. Leider werden die Karten nicht richtig oder gar nicht angezeigt. Welchen Kartendownload muss nutzen. Früher hat das immer super geklappt. Oder, ist der GARMIN zu alt :-(?

    Ich hoffe, wir können das Poblem beheben.
    Vielen Dank.

    Gruß, Werner Menke

    • extremecarver

      Hmm, ich bin mir unsicher ob der edge 705 Unicode Karten anzeigen kann – evtl ist der so alt dass nur die Nicht Unicode gehen. Zu alt nein – evtl mal alle Karten entfernen und jene die du brauchst neu senden. Du darfst maximal 2048 Kacheln installieren. Bin mir auch unsicher – unterstützt der 705 nur gmapsupp.img oder mehrere .img Dateien? Evtl geht nur gmapsupp.img – alle Karten müssen dann in dieser sein – also max 4GB an Karten wenn das so ist.

  • trgt

    Hi! Why is the download for the US maps so slow? mtbus-south.exe is downloading at 233KB/s while mtbgermany.exe comes down at 25MB/s.

  • ian

    Hi Felix

    Can you look at the contour lines for Lord Howe Island. Mount Gower (S31.58820 E159.07371) is officially 875 m but the openmtbmap Australia-Oceania contour lines show it about 360 m. Attached is a scan of part of an Australian government topo map to compare to.

    I looked at some other Australia government mainland topo maps and New Zealand government maps (https://www.linz.govt.nz/land/maps/topographic-maps) and they seem generally to match openmtb maps so maybe it’s an issue specific to Lord Howe Island.

    • extremecarver

      well that looks like there was a data hole in the DEM data – Nothing I can fix. There are a few places like this worldwide – there is only SRTM data available. Look here it is the same rubbish: https://opentopomap.org/#map=17/-31.58817/159.07387
      Just the data to fill the hole seems to be a different source. This place is missing in ALOS World 3D – as it is too small island. Then if SRTM data there is broken – results will be very problematic. As ALOS World 3D used SRTM to fill small outlying islands. Opentopomap uses viewfinderpanoramas here – which is also voidfilled with some rubbish. Both are way way too far of so I guess there is no free source of decent quality data.

  • Berning

    Hallo, leider kann ich die Datei Europe Contours nicht runterladen. Die beiden anderen Dateien haben den Zeitstempel 06.06.2021, Europe Contours von 10.05.2021. Hat das mit dem “Traffic” zu tun?

    Kann man POI’s in die Karten Dateien einfügen, z.B. die POI’s vom E1?
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen

    Klaus Berning

  • JakeP

    Hallo Felix,
    liegt es an mir, Basecamp oder ist das Autorouting kaputt? Alle Routen die ich im Basecamp (4.6.2 und 4.7.4) erstelle, meiden Autobahnen wie die Pest. Älteste Karte die ich noch installiert hatte war vom 13.05.21, probiert habe ich Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen und China. Hier mal ein Screenshot von einer extrem kurzen Route am Berliner Ring.

    • extremecarver

      Funktioniert genau so wie es soll. Die Karten sind nicht für PKW oder Motorrad gedacht! Lies dir das Autorouting Tutorial durch.

      • JakeP

        Danke. Sorry für die unnötige Frage, bin neu, hab mir versucht alles durchzulesen, bin aber wohl irgendwo in den Links verloren gegangen.
        PS ist es gewollt dass man pro Jahr weniger bezahlt wenn man sein Abo jetzt kündigt und dann neu verlängert? Wenn man ne Karte runtergeladen hat und installiert hat werden einem noch 15€+13€ jedes weitere Jahr angeboten

        • extremecarver

          Ui nein, ich konnte nur die neuen Preise nicht direkt komplett ersetzen, da ich per email noch für Verlängerung die alten Preise angeboten hatte – und dass dann nicht direkt ändern konnte. Ich habe vergessen im Installer den Link auf den neuen Link zu setzen (in 4 Tagen sind dann nur noch die neuen Preise möglich).

  • larrabas

    Dentro del listado de mapas, hay alguno de Isla Reunión. Gracias

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