Windows/Linux – VeloMap Map Downloads

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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.

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.

Programs to Display the VeloMap

Besides being shown on (nearly) all Garmin GPS devices - most People will use Garmin Basecamp (v3 or later) or Garmin Mapsource to show the maps on their Desktop and plan tours/trips.

For anyone on the good side of earth 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. 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

Mapsource - I wouldn't use any version but 6.16.3. Mapsource versions 6.14 to 6.15.6 are complete junk, if you use it, please update. Also note that Mapsource versions prior to 6.16.1 do not show all ways and pathes so they are not really usable. Mac OSx users please use Qlandkarte GT or use the provided Mac OSx maps.

Problems – Help – Tutorials

A Beginners Guide can be found here: get started with VeloMaps

Install Mapsource: tutorials/install-mapsource/

To install the maps, just run "VeloMap_country_setup.exe". Qlandkarte GT/linux users only need to unzip the .exe maps (7-zip lzma2 compresion e.g. with p7zip) and open the map via Qlandkarte GT (choose .tdb and osmmap*.img). Linux Users also look at this script to unpack/create gmapsupp.img - After unpacking you find instructions for Qlandkarte / Linux use in a .txt file (informations... .txt). Note all installers should work perfectly fine using Wine too.

Send Maps to GPS with Mapsource: 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).

Alternative: Use create_gmapsupp.img.bat or create_gmapsupp.img_with_mkgmap.bat and place the newly created gmapsupp.img into /garmin folder on your GPS. Address search cannot be included this way.

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

You can also send maps to your GPS with QlandkarteGT

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

Please also read the FAQ

Current Issues

- The address search is more or less working correctly now (problems related to OSM address data crazyness excluded). Some problems with Umlauts may happen though.

- General: Autorouting over (very) long distances on GPS works only with Via Points. If you plan your routes on a PC solve this issue with WinGDB: plan-routes/

- Autorouting needs attributes like tracktype, lanes, routes, smoothness, class:bicycle 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: "allmost 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 need to install the "reg" command : Reg cmd at Microsoft if you want to run the batchfiles (.bat files). The Batches are incompatible to earlier Windows versions.

- Note sometimes sea is missing or lakes empty. It is usually a problem in OSM data.

- Note 1: older GPS (non touchscreen) run slower the more maps are inside memory. For 60CSx or Vista/Legend HCx I recommend to not use more than 2 GB of maps, else your GPS gets slow.

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. 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,......

Notice on Updating Maps

Just run the velomap_country_setup.exe again.

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 possiblity to download a Europe map, which will be updated every 4-6 weeks. Get Europe Map here (donation needed): www.velomap.org/support/europe-map/

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 device velo.typ offers high contrast for best orientation while riding your bike or walking. For riding your roadbike, or commuting I have included the "racing bicycle" layout. The Racing Bicycle layout is heavily simplified, and focusses on the street network. Buildings or other distracting objects are not shown. Also most POI are not shown.

In order to change the layout - simply run velomap_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 change .TYP-files - which are responsible for the layout, and therefore the map colours, to your liking by using http://www.maptk.dnsalias.com/ to adapt the .TYP files. Do not use http://ati.land.cz/gps/typdecomp/editor.cgi because it is not fully compatible and may corrupt the .TYP file.

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

In general just download the Maps from the first "VeloMap" tab - they are in Unicode if useful. Some maps by default are in Unicode. You can identify them by (Unicode) note behind the name - alll countries/maps not listed on the "Non Unicode" tab are anyhow Non Unicode. If you get the message - "cannot authenticate maps", and you have you have one of the following devices:

  • All Garmin devices which were introduced 2016 or later e.g.
  • Oregon 700/750 (however not 6x0 - 6x0 is fine with Unicode)
  • Edge 520/820/1000
  • Epix
  • Etrex 20x / 30x (not "etrex 30")
  • Etrex Touch 25/35
  • GPS Maps 64 series
  • Montana 610, 680 (not 600 / 650)
  • 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)
  • Some Zumo devices

you will need to download the "Non Unicode" version of the map instead. So get the map from the "non unicode" VeloMap 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.

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.

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 Mapsource 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.. Please also read here https://www.velomap.org/download/#problems-help-tutorials or in the FAQ

Map Downloads by GWDG

Maps are updated once weekly - usually Thursday-Friday.

In order to see the last update time, or check the exact filesize (or md5 checksum) - just click on the MD5 link that follows each download.

 

For some countries contourlines (height lines) are available as separate downloads – please get them from the contourlines tab. They are only available for VeloMap Members

Local Language Maps
English Language Maps

Premium Contourlines Downloads (v.2 october 2012)

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). 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.

Notes - below Contourlines are only for VeloMap Members - please login (or click on any download link and you are forwarded to the checkout page).

Continents

Asia is additionally available in three parts. Interval is 25m and Contourlines are NOT integrated into the maps. You can still download them however:

And as for the Alps, there are also Asia Contourlines with 20m interval of the Himalayas - not integratable into the map, transparent overlay only

Asia:

Africa:

Europe:

North America:

South America:

Non Unicode Premium Maps

Some maps by default are in Unicode. You can identify them by (Unicode) note behind the name - alll countries/maps not listed here are anyhow Non Unicode. You will need to download the Non Unicode Version if you have one of the following devices:

  • All Garmin devices which were introduced 2016 or later e.g.
  • Oregon 700/750 (however not 6x0 - 6x0 is fine with Unicode)
  • Edge 520/820/1000
  • Epix
  • Etrex 20x / 30x (not "etrex 30")
  • Etrex Touch 25/35
  • GPS Maps 64 series
  • Montana 610, 680 (not 600 / 650)
  • 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)
  • Some Zumo devices

 

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.

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

Note: some maps have the contourlines as a separate download - the installer will integrate them during install and unpack them. Contourline downloads are the same as for unicode maps.

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.

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. 

Velomap (and Openmtbmap) Premium maps download in Mac OSx format (gmap)

All Velomaps and Openmtbmaps are also available for download in gmap/gmapi Mac OSX format: you can get them here: https://www.velomap.org/download/macosx/

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

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

165 comments to Windows/Linux – VeloMap Map Downloads

  • ANDYKTM

    Hallo Felix,
    The new version of continent map of Asia contanins the local languages only? Is possible to change it for latin version or should I cam back to the older one ?
    Best regards
    Andrzej

    • extremecarver

      by downloading the English language Asia continent map (make sure to download both installer and mapfiles newly!). It’s much better now because before the mixed language version was not best. Now everything but address search is english or tranliterated into latin.

  • Hallo, gibt es irgendwo eine Cuba Karte?
    Liebe Grüße
    Uwe

  • ANDYKTM

    You write I have to use “both the new installer as well as the new map data”(•Openmtbmap – Asia Installer (MD5) (Unicode) & Openmtbmap – Asia.7z (MD5).
    Am I wrong ?
    Thanks for advance,
    Andyktm

  • ANDYKTM

    Hello Felix,
    I have a version of map of Asia I downloaded in 2015.Today I have downloaded the newest version.Should first uninstal the old one from Base Camp and then instal the new version?

    • extremecarver

      No – you can simply install the new version – make sure to use both the new installer as well as the new map data. contourlines are unchanged – you don’t need new ones. (on OSx you need to copy them in again – in windows no need for that).

  • Franz Richard

    Hey. Habe zwei Fragen:

    Ich plane eine Radreise von Bangkok nach Hanoi via Kambodscha und Laos. Gibt es für Laos tatsächlich kein gutes Kartenmaterial? Als Stand-Alone Land steht es nicht zur Verfügung und im Asiendownload ist lediglich eine Straße eingezeichnet. Nur, damit ich hier nichts übersehe :).

    Zweitens würde ich gerne wissen, wie ich Basecamp mit Velomaps Karten zwingen kann, dass wirklich keine unasphaltierten Straßen/Wege gewählt werden. Habe das entsprechende Häkchen in den Routingoptionen angeklickt (Unbefestigte Straßen). Leider passiert es mir mit dem Rennrad dennoch immer mal wieder, dass ich doch vor einer unbefestigen Straße stehe (Kartenmaterial Österreich und hier besonders der Großraum Wien).

    Danke! LG Richard

  • Meinolf Vogt

    Ist Madeira bei Portugal mit dabei, oder gibt es von Madeira keine Velomap?

  • mlauble

    Hallo Felix,
    habe Probleme bei der Übertragung der Malaisia Karte auf mein etrax20x, der Garmin Mapinstaller bringt mir immer die Fehlermeldung “Daten wurden nicht übertragen”. Andere Karten funktionieren einwandfrei wie Z.B. Sri Lanka, Thailand usw. habe auch schon andere Karten deinstalliert und versucht nur die Malaisia Karte zu installieren, ohne Erfolg!

    Gruß marcus

  • Stuessler

    Hallo.

    wir haben Probleme mit der Nicht Unicode Europa Karte. Wir haben es normal wie immer über Linux probiert. Bei den entpacken erhalten wir eine komische Ordnerstruktur auf deren Inhalt man noch nicht einmal zugreifen kann. Dann haben wir es mit Windoof probiert. Da ist das ganze sofort bei der .exe-Datei gescheitert. Hier ging es auch nichts. Gibt es irgendwelche Lösungsvorschläge was man beachten sollte? Oder ist die Europa-Karte defekt?

    • extremecarver

      Nein – die sollte okay sein. Bitte überprüf mal die MD5 Summen von .exe wie .7z vor dem entpacken. Dass die .7z lzma2 ist weißt du – nehm ich an. Bei Europakarte unter Linux musst du halt beides entpacken und dazukopieren/reinschieben.

  • thelegend

    Hallo Felix,

    für das Garmin Edge 820 Explore habe ich die non-Unicode Europe rutnergladen und installiert. (Bei der Installation der Unicode-Karten auf dem Gerät ist es nach Start direkt eingefroren und hat sich selbst ausgeschaltet – Du hast geschrieben, im Netz findet man es auch, dass u.a. für dieses Gerät non-Unicode Karten notwendig sind.)
    Bei der Installation der non-Unicode Europakarte mit MapInstall bekomme ich dauerhaft eine Fehlermeldung, welche keinen Sinn macht. Mit Garmin habe ich mehrfach telefoniert, sie sehen keinen Fehler bei dem Gerät. Dennoch shcicke ich es Ihnen zur Übrprüfung.
    Die Fehlermeldung am Ender der Installation lautet, dass die Größe des Kartensatzes (z.B.) 200 MB beträgt, am Zielort jedoch nur 8 GB verfügbar sind. Das macht keinen Sinn. Ich habe es mehrfach versucht, immer Betrug die Größe des Kartensatze nur einen Bruchteil des zur Verfügung stehenden Speichers.
    Hast Du hiermit Erfahrung und kannst helfen? Könnte das an dem Kartenmaterial liegen?

    Beste Grüße!

    • extremecarver

      Abstürzen beim Start – dass passiert eigentlich nur wenn du eine Karte doppelt installiert hast – bzw etwa Velomap Europa mit Höhenlinien und OpenMTBMap Europa mit Höhenlinien.
      Das zweite Problem – in dem Fall ist entweder eine Kachel kaputt (passiert ab und an mal – wenn auch sehr selten – wenn du wo anders / bzw nur ganz kleinen Bereich auswählst und dann der Fehler nicht auftritt – ist das die Bestätigung) – oder du hast bei der Installation einen Fehler gemacht – etwa Installer Non Unicode mit Unicode Kartendaten bei der Europakarte – oder veraltete Kartendaten etwa von frührerem download – dann taucht die Medlung auch auf.
      Dass MapInstall eine Karte sendet – aber dann das GPS damit nicht startet – ohne Doppeltsenden/Höhenlinien wie oben geschrieben passiert eigentlich nie/nicht (noch nie davon gehört).

  • Twoontwowheels

    Hello!
    We have been using velomaps for our trip from Germany to Turkey and they have been great! Now I want to download the Non unicode map for Armenia and cannot find it. Can you help me?
    Regards

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