How To Install MapSource If It Didn't Come With Your GPS

Author: Dan Blomberg | Last updated September 14th, 2011 at 05:33pm


This short tutorial will detail how to download and install Garmin MapSource on your PC if it wasn't included with your GPS unit (such as the Garmin Nuvi).  MapSource or BaseCamp (Windows or Mac) is required to install any maps released on GPSFileDepot.

Note: Today BaseCamp is available without as much restriction as Garmin MapSource.  BaseCamp is capable of viewing and loading all maps.  GPSFileDepot encourages everyone to use BaseCamp.

The How-To

These steps must be completed in order for success.

  1. Download and install Garmin BaseCamp
  2. Download and install Garmin MapSource


Although this tutorial was very simple it is currently the best way to get Garmin MapSource when it doesn't come with your Garmin GPS or purchased map.  If you have limited bandwidth you can download Garmin Training Center as step one and then MapSource.  After this is complete make sure to browse our maps section and download maps that can be installed on your GPS unit.