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Hi Admin,

I am an avid Garmin user and off-roader for the last 25 years.

I recently purchased the Fenix and wanted to let you know that despite the manuals and specs saying otherwise, you can actually upload maps to the unit!

There are several on-line sources of ready made maps which have been converted from Open Source maps etc to the Garmin format. The ones to look for are the 'IMG' files for Garmin units i.e. in the form 'filename.img'.

The method:

Download the 'IMG' file you are interested in.
Attach the Fenix to your PC or MAC in USB mode and open the unit drive folder as it appears on the PC or MAC.
There is a folder called 'Garmin' - open it.
Rename the existing gmapbmap.img file in that folder to any other name e.g. origgmapbmap (so you don't lose it and you can rename it later to restore it).

Copy your downloaded IMG file into that same 'Garmin' folder and rename it to gmapbmap.img

Disconnect your Fenix and let it reload it's data (this happens when you disconnect it from the PC or MAC automatically).

Your new basemap will now appear in the unit!

NOTES:
- due to the limitation of the screen and the relatively slow speed of the Fenix onboard cpu, it may take a while for anything to show on the Fenix screen, but patience usually rewards.
- the smaller the IMG file the faster the Fenix will be able to respond due to having less processing to do.

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Ian
Dubai - UAE
 

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Yep. That's pretty much the method devised in the other thread discussing this. One extra point to add, though.

You don't need to replace the basemap (gmapbmap.img) you can add your extra map as a supplementary map (gmapsupp.img) and at zoom levels closer than 50km you will see the supplementary map, and at above 50km you'll see the basemap.
 

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Sorry for the bother.
I tried pulling a map of Ohio from OpenStreet, and it downloaded a map that was 161MB. Which is way to big to fit on the fenix. How do I shrink this thing?

thanks for you help.
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Use Mapsource to select a part of the original map and to download it to your Fenix.
On openstreet map, there are a lot of Point of interrest, is it possible to copy the map to the Fenix without these POI in order to have a smaller map in terme of MB ?

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gpsmapedit do it for you
you go to File -> Export -> Garmin IMG
its just looking for cgpsmapper, so you need to have it already installed..

Thanks Maxgraves !!! It seems to work like a charm !!! I didn't try yet to put the map I build with GPSmapedit but the use was very simple. Just by deleting POI and polygons, I went from 4 MB to 600 KB. Thank you very much !!!

However, it sems GPSmapedit is not free since it is written that my version is not recorded. It didn't ask me for a serial, may be it will require it after a 30 days... On GPSMAPEDIT web site, I clicked on "free version" but it seems there is only the shareware version V 1.1.75.2.

Thanks again, with all the information grabbed on this web site :

Free worldwide Garmin maps from OpenStreetMap for maps
GPSMapEdit [Main] for editing the map
cGPSmapper - Your Tool For Creating Maps for building IMG maps

We have all we need to build our favorite maps. Hope the FEnix CPU will be strong enough to handle these maps and it will not take too much time to scroll and zoom the map.

What are your max map size recommendation for the Fenix ?
 

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I live in Brazil and I'm planning to buy the fenix, but I would like to know if it is possible to upload brazilian map to it?
 

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Hi,

I have created some maps for Garmin fenix, using OSM data. You can download them from my site: Maps for Garmin fenix | GMapTool
Excellent! Thanks. Just what the doctor ordered. My first look showed all the streets around me and some local trails correctly.

(The Installer batch file didn't run on my PC, but your back-up method of dropping the gmap into a directory worked - so I'm good.)
 

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Hi,

I have created some maps for Garmin fenix, using OSM data. You can download them from my site: Maps for Garmin fenix | GMapTool
Hi !

Thanks a lot for your work !! However, can you explain how to choose an area ? For example, I downloaded FRance Map (zip file) how can I install just Paris area into the FEnix ?

Another general question, sometimes it becomes unreadable to see the path with map (bradcrumbs), do you know if there is a way to switch off the map without uninstalling it ?

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Map is designed to be used with BaseCamp or Mapsource. These are free Garmin programs for managing maps. You can download BaseCamp here:
BaseCamp™ | Garmin | United States

Mapsource is an old program for Windows, which is retired now, but still has some valuable features. It could be easier to manage map for fenix with Mapsource. If you have installed BaseCamp, then you can install Mapsource, which is offered as an update:
Garmin: MapSource Updates & Downloads

There are many info in Internet about using Mapsource and BaseCamp. For loading maps to fenix you can use this procedure:
https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={6876ac90-a6cc-11dd-f60b-000000000000}

Loading maps with Basecamp is similar, but in this case BaseCamp invokes another program - MapInstall. Here is some info about using MapInstall:
http://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={5af8a260-fd05-11dc-ec92-000000000000}

As far a I know there are no settings for map in fenix. To disable additional map in device you have to remove file \Garmin\gmapsupp.img from it.
 

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Map is designed to be used with BaseCamp or Mapsource. These are free Garmin programs for managing maps. You can download BaseCamp here:
BaseCamp™ | Garmin | United States

Mapsource is an old program for Windows, which is retired now, but still has some valuable features. It could be easier to manage map for fenix with Mapsource. If you have installed BaseCamp, then you can install Mapsource, which is offered as an update:
Garmin: MapSource Updates & Downloads

There are many info in Internet about using Mapsource and BaseCamp. For loading maps to fenix you can use this procedure:
https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={6876ac90-a6cc-11dd-f60b-000000000000}

Loading maps with Basecamp is similar, but in this case BaseCamp invokes another program - MapInstall. Here is some info about using MapInstall:
http://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={5af8a260-fd05-11dc-ec92-000000000000}

As far a I know there are no settings for map in fenix. To disable additional map in device you have to remove file \Garmin\gmapsupp.img from it.
Thanks for this information Popej and thanks again for your wonderful job for Garmin community !!!! You are great !!
 

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These maps are very simple, they contain limited set of geographical features and have no superfluous functionality. There is no routing, address search, even no road names. You can perform search for a city, probably this is the most advanced map feature supported by fenix.
 

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These maps are very simple, they contain limited set of geographical features and have no superfluous functionality. There is no routing, address search, even no road names. You can perform search for a city, probably this is the most advanced map feature supported by fenix.
Fantastic!

I had a one-off custom map i'd made for myself for SE Australia - but I'm going to swap it for yours :)
 
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