Beginner’s Starting Guide – Windows

This page is here to list step by step how to use theese maps if you have not used any Garmin products previously (section A and B). and if you're new to the velomap (C: and D:). Note, you don't need a Garmin GPS to use these maps. If you have no Garmin GPS A: and D: will still apply / be usable.

While the "about" section features topics that are different in the Velomap maps compared to other maps, the Tutorials section features topics that are about general topics, not directly related to the Velomap maps.


Mac OSx / Apple Users - please read through part C: and D: - but your main instructions are to be found here:

Text Tutorials:

A: Installing Maps to Computer

1. Download the velomap of your choice from

– If you want to use the maps with Qlandkarte GT or on Nix then Unzip the maps with 7-zip (lzma compression) Note that unzippers included in Windows/Mac/Linux probabely can’t unzip the .exe files.

Windows users simply follow through the .exe installation – some maps consist of 2 or even 3 downloads. In that case the installer asks for additional files – just download all files to the same folder – and point the installer to them.

Detailed instructions for Windows here

2. Install Garmin Basecamp and Garmin MapInstall –>

Linux users, you can install Mapsource 6.16.3 following the same procedure in Wine – I’m not sure if WineHD is compatible with Garmin Basecamp.

Note, DO first install at least one (better two) Velomaps of your choice – should you decide to also install Garmin Mapsource.

ATTENTION – Basecamp 4.7.0 (or better MapInstall 4.2.0) is partly broken. Best downgrade (or even better never upgrade to 4.7.0) to Basecamp 4.6.2 – see also here: Do Not Update to Basecamp v4.7.0


B: Sending Maps to GPS:

Either simply click on “create gmapsupp.img.bat” which will work only for windows users. Then put the resulting gmapsupp.img file onto the /garmin folder on your GPS device (note newer Garmin GPS allow you to rename the gmapsupp.img to e.g. velode.img (stick to short names). or follow one of the following tutorials:

/tutorials/send-maps-to-your-gps/mapsource/ if you followed the above steps and installed Mapsource. Sending maps via Mapsource or Basecamp is the only way to get address search on your GPS.

– or create the gmapsupp.img with mkgmap following the tutuorial offered here (any OS that supports Java): /tutorials/send-maps-to-your-gps/mkgmap/ and put the created gmapsupp.img in the /garmin folder of your GPS. You could also use mapsettoolkit or gmaptool to achieve this.


NOTE: on Old GPS all maps have to be sent at once. And can then be activated/deactivated via Menu on your GPS.

On newer devices however best send all maps separately and rename the gmapsupp.img, as you cannot deactivate maps that are sent at the same time with Mapsource/Basecmap.


ATTENTION: The microSD card needs to be formatted FAT32. 32GB cards usually come with ExFAT.  So especially for microSD cards >8GB make sure they are FAT32 formatted. (if you don’t know how to – then format it in your Garmin GPS device). Also note not to buy microSDXC cards. Most Garmin GPS devices only accept microSD / microSDHC – so 64GB cards are never compatible.


C: Using the maps on your GPS

Please read through the following three topics:

howto-setup-your-gps/ and autorouting/



D: Participate in Openstreetmap and help to make the maps better:


Video Tutorials:

A) Installing the Maps on your Windows PC and Basic Basecamp setup. 


B) Sending Maps to your Device – First with MapInstall, then as Alternative from the Gmapsupp.img download.


C) Planning a route in Garmin Basecamp – Routes and Tracks and Autorouting Settings. ( &  )


Sorry – the last points are bit harder to make Videos, so just read through them.

D: Using the maps on your GPS

Please read through the following three topics:

howto-setup-your-gps/ and autorouting/



E: Participate in Openstreetmap and help to make the maps better:



5 comments to Beginner’s Starting Guide – Windows

  • rolffortmann

    Haben grundsätzliche Fragen: Wir haben die Frankreich Velomap auf den PC heruntergeladen und anschliessend noch auf eine Micro Speicherkarte abgespeichert.
    Auf dem PC ist Basecamp installiert, um Routen zu planen.
    Die Micro Speicherkarte legten wir ins Garmin 66. Auf dem neuen Garmin ist Basecamp nicht installiert. Müssen wir dies noch machen?
    Die Frankreich Karte ist auf dem Garmin nicht sichtbar.

  • Ossilotta

    ich habe 3 Desktop PCs und ein Laptop sowie ein Ultrabook. Auf allen Geräten läuft schon seit langem die Basecamp Version 4.4.6 .
    Auf allen Rechnern läuft Win 10 Prof.64 Bit in der neuesten Version. Bascamp in den neueren Versionen läuft bei mir auf keinem Rechner. Auch die 4.7.3 läuft nicht fehlerfrei und schaltet sich selbst ab bei diversen Eingaben.
    So bleibe ich bei der 4.4.6 die Akurat und fehlerfrei läuft. Dazu die Freizeitkarte Deutschland. Was will man mehr. Die 4.7.3 vorhin noch einmal auf dem Ultra Book getestet und das Programm hat sich von selbst beendet bei der Eingabe eines Zielortes.
    Die Windows Rechner laufen alle einwandfrei und ohne einen Fehler.
    Gruß Ossilotta

    • extremecarver

      Hmm, etwas komisch mit der Suchfunktion bei dir. Muss aber dazu sagen dass ich persönlich die Suche am Desktop nur selten benutze. Am GPS Gerät schon deutlich öfter.

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