Garmin MapSource Resources & Tutorials

Garmin MapSource Resources & Tutorials

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MapSource is Garmin’s map updating system (software). There are different versions that can be purchased. MapSource is compatible with a variety of third-party applications/software and there is a wealth of custom maps available for download.
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Check for latest versions of the MapSource software here
(check for updates regularly – current MapSource software version is 6.14.1 as of July 18, 2008)

Map updates: (City Navigator) On the Road – Garmin map updates

Garmin Product manuals (pdf downloads)

Garmin Updates & Downloads
Updating your unit software just got easier. Use WebUpdater to automatically keep your operating software current.
Downloads for unit software, related utilities, drivers, and add-ons
MapSource® and nRoute™ mapping programs for maps and charts owners
Latest maps and charts for units

MapSource® Tutorial: Selecting and Saving Map Sets (Garmin website)

Easy Garmin Mapsource Routing for N00bs (Tutorial) (
Mapsource is cumbersome… Auto-routing doesn’t always take you where you want to go so… How do we tell it where we want to go?


Exporting Data From Garmin’s MapSource Program To Google Earth
If you have the MapSource program that comes with many Garmin GPS units or Garmin MapSource data disks you can export Waypoints, Tracks or Routes in the display directly to Google Earth with the View => View In Google Earth command. The data can be imported from a GPS unit, imported from a file (*.gdb, *.gpx, *.mps or *.loc formats supported) or entered manually into the program using its editing tools. Once displayed in Google Earth, you can make a permanent KML file of the data by right-clicking on any of the appropriate data entries in the Places Pane and choosing Save As.  Source:


The Wanderlust Worldmap is a community site assembling and improving a worldwide map of roads, points of interests, and contours that can be uploaded to Garmin GPS units using the standard Garmin MapSource software. Full access to all the data requires a 25 GBP registration fee, but you can download a sample dataset for free if you register at the site.

Looking at the maps in the evaluation download, quality and level of detail vary enormously from one area to another. Some areas show detail rivaling that of standard Garmin maps, while other areas have less detail, and don’t even label roads with a name. Still, you can’t beat the coverage area or the price, and presumably with time the overall quality of the maps will improve as community members create and update new maps. At the very least, the evaluation version is worth a free look.

Garmin Mapsource custom maps

Wanderlust Worldmap

Elsinga Family Webpages – several custom maps for available to download and custom map installation guide. Their links page has links to lots of other custom maps and custom map resources

Travel By – Free Custom GPS Maps from Various Sources

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