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Garmin BaseCamp is a 3D mapping application that allows you to transfer waypoints, tracks, and routes between your Mac and Garmin device and manage your data using topographic Garmin maps that include digital elevation model (DEM) data, such as Topo U.S. 24K, Topo U.S. 24K National Parks (version 3), Topo U.S. 100K (version 4 and later), Topo U.S. 2008, Topo Australia, Topo Canada (version 4), Topo Deutschland, Topo Great Britain, and Topo products produced by many Garmin distributors.

What's New

Version 4.3.4:
  • Fixed list database corruption during first time installs.
  • Fixed crash when toggling Autoname checkbox on route properties window.
  • Fixed crash when sending trips contained in subfolders to device.
  • Fixed crash when renaming a day's segment in the Trip Planner.
  • Fixed arrival time bug after inserting new points into Trip Planner.
  • Fixed crash when more...


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Paul Cook Member IconReview+24
Paul Cook

Not remotely pleased with this product. Spent 10 hours trying to get the same favorites in three Garmins. If I had used the software before the purchase, that would have been three TomToms or three something elses.

It couldn't seem to find addresses, and worst of all, there seemed to be no way to reliably get the data from this product into any of my Garmin devices. There was always something extra, or something missing.

Seriously, are the other products really this totally bad? Are there any third party software products, etc.?

I would have given it a lower rating, but MacUpdate gives a "Please complete the ratings stars" error message if you don't give it at least half a star.

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Version 4.2.3
Bill_601 Member IconReview+9

I use BaseCamp with a yellow eTrex. I just upgraded to 4.01 from an earlier version. This version loads and saves much faster than previous versions. Feels much faster in use, too. I've always liked the features and the ability to manage the content on my eTrex. The send to Google Earth is helpful, too.

The only drawback is that it won't import KML files from Google Maps. But I can convert them using GPSBabel, so it's not awful.

And lest we forget, it IS free.

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Version 4.0.1
Mistere Member IconComment+530

The reasons given below, no need for repetition, are the main reason I have Parallels Desktop installed and a Boot Camp partition.

Garmin has shown an appalling lack of commitment to the Mac user community and, now that that user base is increasing exponentially they're trying to play catch-up but are not devoting enough resources to it.

Too little too late Garmin! I want feature parody with MapSource for Windows. Garmin has massive resources, there's no excuse for this or the mess that is their cartography product line.

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Version 3.3.1
Adventure Seeker

That's Parity, not Parody. If you know the definition of Parody, you will see the irony in your mistake.


Ah the MacUpdate pedant has arrived! Do I have that one right?

So, no comment on the software or the quality of my statements, no agree or disagree, just picking apart people who take the time to offer their opinions and experiences with the software eh?

Yea, I know your type.

Adventure Seeker

No comment on the software. I want to see some reviews on v. 4.0.1 before I decide if it is worth trying. I actually disagree with your statement about Garmin having no support for the Mac. If you've owned a Magellan GPS unit in the past, you'd really appreciate the fact that Garmin has the Mac-compatible GPS web updater. Magellan had nothing like that, last time I looked.


Magellan's hardware has always been inferior. I never really missed the Mac support because I've always had a Win VM or, until I got an SSD drive, a BootCamp partition. But, I think the reviews here pretty much agree that Mac support has lagged and that Garmin has promised more than they have delivered.

I stand by my statement that the Mac product is too little too late.

It's a free app and a drag and drop install / uninstall so I don't know why you need to read many / any reviews before giving it a try.

And yes, I made a mistake in the word I chose because this is a quick review on a website, not an academic research or thesis paper. This forum is for reviewing the quality of the software posted here, not for pointing out grammatical errors by people who are contributing. I see no such contributions from you.

P.S. I really dislike the Web Updater because I've had to roll back the firmware in my devices on more than one occasion which is no longer possible now that we're forced to use the WebUpdater on both Mac and Win.

Adventure Seeker

You're making too big of a deal of my pointing out your use of Parody, instead of Parity. I thought that the mistake was, at the time time, a funny play on words, because "feature parody" would essentially be a spoof of the Windows version of the software.

A parody ( /ˈpærədi/; also called pastiche, spoof, send-up or lampoon), in current use, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of humorous, satiric or ironic imitation.

As for my not using this software without other people commenting on the current version first.... Well, after what the free version of Avast did to my computer, causing me to use time machine to go back to a non-corrupted system, I'm a bit skittish about this freeware bricking my GPS.

Dorkypants Member IconReview+118

Garmin, why do you let me choose "Bicycling" as my "Activity" when you won't route me onto bike paths clearly displayed and marked as such in the City Navigator North America NT map!?!

And how come when I asked Basecamp to check for updates today, the update check *FAILED*, yet a few hours later I see a new version posted on macupdate.com?

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Version 3.2.2
G. Member IconReview+10

Really, really crappy user interface, worse than most web base maps nowadays. Creating routes on the computer is a pain, transferring them to the GPS, which recalculates the whole route and so on.

This software should have never passed UI design and usability checks. Unfortunately, that's not new with Garmin. I wish there was more competition.

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Version 3.1.2
Rottweiler Member IconComment+3

..and it get's even worse; After running my BlueChart map in Basecamp 3.0.2 it no longer works in my plotter!!

From bad to hell - and support stinks big time!

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Version 3.0.2
Rottweiler Member IconComment+3

Problem STILL remains:

BaseCamp 3.0.2 does NOT support drawing the newest BlueChart maps. It does not even load the map now.

They wrote earlier in a problem report that the next release (3.0.2) should fix the problem. I guess you can't trust the Garmin developers one bit!

I'm very disappointed!! :(

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Version 3.0.2
Mistere Member IconComment+530

This version upgrades MapManager to version When you do a custom install it does show that it will be "upgrading" MapManager and MapInstall applications but it does not indicate to what version which would allow you to unselect those applications if you already have a newer version installed to prevent an unintended downgrade. This should not even be an issue though because the installer should be smart enough not to downgrade applications to older versions.

It's very confusing the way Garmin is packaging updates. MapManager and MapInstall updates were released quite recently and listed on MacUpdate as separate updates but in fact both listings point to the same download/file which installs both applications, again, without indicating what version is being installed.

Like I said in my previous comment for version 3.0.1, it is very poor practice to not identify in the installer description that it will be updating or downgrading applications other than BaseCamp. I'm happy that Garmin is supporting the Mac but it wouldn't take much more effort to be clear about what these packages contain and what is going to be updated. Also, if they're going to continue bundling multiple application updates into each release without indicating as much in the name or description then make the installers smart enough to recognize when you have a newer version and don't mess with it!

Finally, I don't see in the release notes that the problem with not displaying the latest BlueChart maps has been addressed in this update.

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Version 3.0.2
Mistere Member IconComment+530

This version downgraded my Garmin MapInstall app from 2.1.6 to 2.1.5. Suggest doing a custom install and unticking MapInstall until we get an explanation from Garmin.

I wish it was clearly indicated that this package installs more than just the BaseCamp application.

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Version 3.0.1
Phaseangle Member IconComment+17

Not Universal anymore, Intel only.

PPC version 2.1.2


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Version 3.0.1
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Version 4.2.4
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Date 25 Jun 2014
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