Garmin BaseCamp

Developer: Garmin

Current Version: 4.6.3

Last Updated: 1 year ago

Download Size: 63.9 MB - Download


Garmin® BaseCamp® provides an interface for viewing Garmin map products and managing geographic data. With BaseCamp, you can perform the following tasks:

• Transfer data to and from your Garmin device.
• Plan multi-day trips using Yelp® and your map data
• Create, view, edit, and organize waypoints, routes, and tracks.
• Find places, such as addresses, points of interest, and public land survey areas included in your detailed map data.
• View map data in 2D and 3D.
• View topographical information included in your detailed map data.
• Geotag photos with geographical location information.
• Print detailed topographical maps, PLS quads, and multi-page poster maps.
• Download and view BirdsEye™ satellite imagery and topographic raster maps.
• Import and view Garmin Custom Maps.
• Create, share and download Garmin Adventures (


Release Notes:

Fixed crash when zooming into raster maps.
Fixed crash when loading a track with sporadic elevation data.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.2.2
Review by lynxster

High quality mapping even if you are off-line - The real advantage to setting your Mac up with this is that you can access the high quality mapping even if you are off-line. Garmin had allot of applications but it looks like they have narrowed it down to this "just one app" that does "it all" for the Mac. Thank you Garmin! Now I don’t have to wonder which app I want to use. And with it at the App Store, updating will be even easier. I like the look down view, and you can do it with this app. Just requires some manipulation of a compass pointer at the bottom of the map window. It appears the default view is the airplane fly over view of south looking north. Navigating the map also works well if you are using a multi-touch track-pad device, like those on the Mac Book. You can scroll in any direction, zoom in and out, as well as rotate. Just experiment with the multi-touch to become familiar with its use. It will come with a base map. This map will not have the street level mapping that you have come to expect on your Garmin device. No worries. Every Garmin can be updated. And all Garmins devices are entitled to one free update upon it’s initial registration. This is their way of making sure you got the most recent map at the time of purchase. Anyway, make sure you do this on the computer you will be using Base Camp on. This will install a very detailed map into its library folder and will allow you to actually find the address you are looking for. For those of you entitled to life time maps, your Base Camp map will be updated every time you update your Garmin navigator device. I just stepped up to Lion (MacOS 10.7) and this 3.2.2 version and I am not having any issues with it.

Found helpful by 13 out of 15 people
Version 4.2.4
Review by Cyimri

It’s not just about the hardware, it’s how you get to use it - Garmin continues to disappoint when it comes to the whole user experience. BaseCamp is a clunky, difficult to use, failure of a user interface. The simple act of parsing an address is an exercise in frustration. Why not an option for a data field approach? Why can’t the user simply enter data in a traditional way? Street number, street, city, state, zip — all in a clear to understand dialog box. Instead there is an open field without any specialization. There is a menu with little in the way of navigation. There is unwanted integration with bloatware adventures and yelp. An address search can blossom into hundreds of useless suggestions in every direction but the one wanted. Sometimes with no sensical reason for it. I am typing for Dallas and I get information about Missouri? The process ought to be as simple as possible so the user gets to using the hardware. SIMPLE, MAKE IT SIMPLE!

Found helpful by 27 out of 29 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 4.6.3
Review by Lgdgbv

Won’t load routes to zumo 660 or 665 - I’ve used BaseCamp ever since it came out for the Mac, and I’ve usually been pretty happy with it. But this BaseCamp update combined with the system software update on the Garmin zumo 660 & 665 motorcycle GPS systems no longer works. I reported this to Garmin, and they confirmed in a letter: “Due to product testing that has occurred it has been determined that the [sic] BaseCamp is not compatible with transferring created routes to either a Zumo 660 or 665. This is likely [due to] the latest software update which was released in 2014. The best option at this point would be to either go back to using RoadTrip on your Mac, or to download Garmin MapSource on a Windows based PC.” No mention of whether they plan to fix this or not.

Found helpful by 7 out of 8 people
Version 4.6.3
Review by engrbabakubwa

Disgusting effort by Garmin - avoid at all costs! - This app is terrible. I can’t think of any other program that has caused this much frustration since I’ve switched to mac. I’m 26 (the problem is not generational) and use technical software every day in work and classes for my masters degree in *electrical engineering* and I STILL can't figure it out! I've tried YouTube videos, tutorials on the website - everything I can think of. Just avoid this app if you’ve got any other choice. It’s as if they’ve had the same guy doing user testing for the last 30 years and he just keeps saying their incremental changes in every version are easy to use, but if you’re trying to figure it out in 2016, you’re completely screwed because it’s all based on software written in the 80s and includes every little quirk and workaround that has been built in during that time. Here’s a brief list of the most recent problems I’ve had: - can’t get waypoints off of my GPS (but I can get tracks for some reason???) - making routes in Basecamp takes forever due to their terrible interface - once you’re in the routing menu, you can’t select points on the map and navigation becomes extremely ungainly - once you’ve finally selected the two endpoints, you can only get a direct route ("as the crow flies”), even when you select travel by car. Isn’t this the primary function of basically ALL mapping apps these days?? How do you screw that up? - you can only view satellite imagery in Google Earth - as a SEPARATE window - very helpful…

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 4.6.3
Review by dougvw

Old interface, but it works for me - I have used different versions of the application over the last 8 years. The interface is not as intuitive as many would expect today, but it does work - for me at least. I use it to preload waypoints for driving trips (hotels etc). I also use it to back up, and edit as necessary, waypoints for my handheld GPS that I use for hiking / hunting trips.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 4.6.3
Review by MaD_HuNGaRIaN

Train Wreck - Crashes constantly…completely unusable.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 4.6.3
Review by LostRider1

UNUSABLE on Mac - This App is not usable on MacOS Sierra, when scrolling around map the app crashes, everytime. You can watch the RAM memory used in Activity Monitor for this app shoot up until it hit 2GB the it crashes. This bug or memory leak is well documented on the Garmin support forums. Garmin blames Apple, Apple blames Garmin. Having mulitlple Garmin products without having a usable Mac based mapping software is unacceptable. One Star, would give it zero if possible.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people