Install Garmin Basecamp (and maybe Mapsource)

Install Garmin Basecamp:

Just follow the guides Garmin has on their own homepage. Garmin Basecamp is the best program to use the OpenMTBMaps and Velomaps.



Why to not use Garmin Mapsource anymore!

Attention - I do not recommend to use Mapsource anymore except for sending maps to older generation devices!

Some reasons:

a) It's not developed anymore since 2010

b) It does not show OpenMTBMap or VeloMap contourlines! (it will send them though to your device)

c) It has no proper database to store tracks or routes - yes undertanding the concept of the database in Basecamp is not easy - but once you got it, it is pretty well done!


So why would you still use Mapsource?

Well to send maps to older generation devices like Vista HCx or GPSMaps 60CSx or even older. Basically to all devices that only support a single gmapsupp.img file! The advantage is that with Mapsource you can select the region on fullscreen - instead of the small popup screen of Basecamp/MapInstaller.  Also it will display you a list of all selected tiles - this can be useful for debugging (though normal users don't need this).

Another reason would be that Garmin Mapsource has a search function that is identical to your GPS Device. The search function is actually much better than the Basecamp search function - but for general use I don't think that makes it worth-wile to stick to Mapsource.


So just install Garmin Basecamp instead:



For Reference only - Install Mapsource without owning an old Garmin Device

There are several programs to display openmtbmaps on your PC/notebook. The most popular is still Garmin Mapsource - even though it is superseeded by Garmin Basecamp and also Qlandkarte GT is on the way to overtake it. Garmin Mapsource is not develloped anymore, but version 6.16.3 runs still pretty well and has no big bugs. There is a catch however. Garmin only provides updates, no actual installation packages. Therfore below I describe two ways how you can install Mapsource legally nevertheless.

People who have bought a Garmin GPS will have a CD shipped with it including Mapsource.  I recommend to use the most uptodate version by Garmin (as of writing this is 6.16.3)

Earlier versions of Mapsource (also 6.13.6) are now incompatible with the openmtbmaps as they do not show all ways and streets!!!! Use at least 6.16.1 or higher. Note that while Basecamp shows contourlines, Garmin Mapsource doesn't. Hence for general use I recommend Garmin Basecamp instead.


Classic Way of Installation without already having Mapsource installed (please install everything as administrator)

I recommend installing a second map (good idea is to install the map legend so you can get to know the layout!!!) because you need to have two maps installed before the map selector shows up. Essentially 1 map would be enough also.


Advanced Way of Installation without already having Mapsource installed

  1. First install at least one openmtbmap (just run the .exe)
  2. Attention, Mapsource will not install correctly until you have a at least one map installed. So if you forgot step 1, do it now! Go to and download the map(s) of your choice and install at least one map!
  3. Download  latest MapSource from Garmin ( ).
  4. Unpack or extract the content of setup_MapSource.exe using 7zip (, WinRAR or another good unpacker.
  5. From the extracted files, first run MAIN.msi.
  6. Then, run Setup.exe.  Note: The sequence to execute Main.msi and then Setup.exe is important to avoid “Previous MapSource not found!” error.
  7. Garmin MapSource is now installed. I recommend installing a second map (good idea is to install the map legend so you can get to know the layout!!!) because you need to have two maps installed before the map selector shows up.

Note I still recommend to install Garmin Basecamp nevertheless: Get it here:


Attention Mapsource 6.13 6.14 and 6.15 Users:

Please update to at least 6.16.1 -- earlier Mapsource versions miss a lot of ways and streets and make the maps unusable.


Parallel installation of several Mapsource versions:

Simply unpack a mapsource update (see links above), run MAIN.msi and then rename mapsource.exe to something else. e.g. mapsource_6.13.6.exe and then copy it into your main Garmin Mapsource installation folder (usually c:/garmin). Now you can decide which of the two versions you want to use.


14 comments to Install Garmin Basecamp (and maybe Mapsource)



    wie führe ich eine Asienkarte und die separat geladenen Höhenkonturlinien nach dem Download zusammen?


  • hulster


    I am facing the with overlapping map in border region. So currently I choose the specific tiles via mapinstall fitting to my hometrails reachable for a day trip.
    Overall the Europe map looks to big to me.
    What I would prefer is only to download the maps I really need and merge the ones causing issues with overlapping. So i.e. “NRW”, “Rheinland-Pfalz”, Netherlands and Belgium.
    Other option I was thinking about is to have presets for the tiles choosen. But would be my second option as it would still need to download full Europe.
    Or any other proposal?

    thx in advance



    • extremecarver

      Well no – right now you’re only option is to download the full map of Europe – and then select your selection using mapinstall. (except for trips in the Alps – as that is right now the only non continent map spanning several countries).

      Offering presets from the europe map for Europe won’t work – as the oveview map and some other files would conflict.

      I hope in Spring this will change – either I will offer a new mechanism – or split Europe into 3-4 overlapping parts.

  • Ciliberto

    I installed the france and italy on my MAC OS and I use basecamp.
    Everything is working fine except that when I use your map and I create a path starting from a created itinerary the total climbing is not given.
    Whereas if I use a map of Garmin the total climbing is computed.
    Is there a specific set-up that I should do when I create an itinerary using your maps ?
    Thank you for your answer

    • extremecarver

      Nope, that’s not possible because the maps have no DEM. Only for routes you can have the ascent. However you can after creating the track, quickly convert it to a route (direct routing) to see the altitude profile.

  • nani50

    OK, danke für die schnelle Antwort. Habe jetzt BC installiert, scheint alles zu funktionieren. Kurze Frage: Gibts da auch irgendwo so ein Fadenkreuz wie bei MS? Ich find nichts….
    vielen dank nochmal

  • nani50

    ich hatte bisher eine ältere funktionierende MS Version,die ich mal zusammen mit einem Garmin Navi bekommen hatte. Ich hab ein Update ausgeführt, nur hat MS dann nicht mehr gestartet Fehler: Runtime error.
    Kein Problem, dachte ich, und hab gemäß o.e. Anweisung MS neu installiert. Dabeiu gab es keine Fehlermeldungen oder Hinweise. Jetzt startet MS nicht mit dem Fehler “incorrect language file, Please reinstall MS” Das hab ich getan, ich hab dann auch mal alles deinstalliert und neu gemacht, der Fehler bleibt.
    Ich fahre WinXP
    Jemand eine Idee?
    Vielen Dank

  • wattwurm25

    So leid es mir auch tut, aber auch nach dieser Beschreibung bekomme ich ws einfach nicht hin. Ich weiß einfach nicht mehr weiter . Habe die angeforderten Dateien ruuntergeladen aber die Karten lassen sich einfach nicht anzeigen

  • Werner Menke

    Hallo, ich habe die Karten von Deutschland und den Alpen runtergeladen. Leider habe ich zur Zeit keinen eigenen PC o. Laptop mir dem geeigneten Betriebssystem f. BaseCamp. Kann ich die Karten auch direkt auf die SD-Karte von meinem EDGE 705 senden?

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