Are you and outdoor enthusiast and need updated maps for your GPS? Do you also wish that those maps won’t ruin your economy? Consider yourself lucky, there are Free maps for Garmin at a few clicks distance!

Go to http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/. Choose the type of map you want, in my case Routable Bicycle (OpenFietsMap Lite) (new style), which is a biking map from the project OpenFietsMap that you find at http://www.openfietsmap.nl/.

Screen capture from Free Worldwide Garmin Maps showing selected fields.
Screen capture from Free Worldwide Garmin Maps.

You can in principle download an entire country, but this might be a very large file. You might choose to download data from the available tiles instead. To do that, you must first activate Enable manual tile selection and then you will be able to manually pick the tiles you need. Fill your e-mail address and click on Build my map.

You will immediately get an e-mail stating that your request has been received. A little while after you will get another e-mail with the confirmation of the process:

Screen capture of e-mail confirmation.
Screen capture of e-mail confirmation.

Then just click in the link and you will be redirected to the download site:

Screen capture of download menu.
Screen capture of download menu.

There are several alternatives. In this example, we select the one that is made for uploading into the SD card of your Garmin device.

Inside the zip file there is a single file with extension .img

Contents of the zip file with the OpenStreetMap data.
Contents of the zip file with the OpenStreetMap data.

Upload this file into the /Garmin directory of your unit. Then start your unit. Go to Setup -> Map menu and select OpenStreetMap as the base map. You might need to restart your unit.

After these simple steps your Garmin unit will have the OpenStreetMap data available for navigating.

Navigating with the Garmin GPS and OpenFietsMap as basemap and data.
Navigating with the Garmin GPS and OpenFietsMap as basemap and data.

Are the data incomplete? Remember that OpenStreetMap is a crowdsourced project. You may then go and complete the mapping yourself.

Go on, download your data and enjoy the outdoors!

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