Garmin BaseCamp
Garmin BaseCamp
4.8.4

2.5

Garmin BaseCamp free download for Mac

Garmin BaseCamp

4.8.4
12 May 2019

3D mapping app for transferring waypoints, tracks, and routes.

Overview

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 in Garmin BaseCamp

Version 4.8.4:
  • Fixed routing failures on Unicode maps.
  • Fixed issue with detecting Garmin-mode USB devices.

16 Garmin BaseCamp Reviews

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G-
01 January 2011

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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
Whytoi
06 March 2019
Installed this latest v4.8.3 64-bit compatible version of BaseCamp on my 2016 MBP running macOS 10.14.3 Mojave. Installed successful and then manually deleted the old v4.7.0 BaseCamp. App opened fine and picked up all existing data without problem. Still early days and have not tried to link to my Garmin GPS unit yet but no problem so far. No obvious and significant changes to the GUI from v4.7.0 noticed yet. I'd suggest that anyone having trouble should consider moving to the latest version of macOS. Not surprised that the devs would focus on the current macOS version. Bugs with prior macOS versions are to be left for future bug fixes. Anyway, good on Garmin for moving this old but important app to 64 bit.
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Version 4.8.3
Peter-Humm
01 March 2019
4.8.2 does not work on my macbook nor on the iMac - Bad software as usual from Garmin :-( Use 4.7.0 !!
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Version 4.8.2
neartheredrocks
27 February 2019
Version 4.8.2 bounces once in the dock but does not open. Version 4.7.0 is still working. It is quite infuriating how badly Garmin treats this important application.
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Version 4.8.2
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
07 June 2016
An insult to the OS X design and usability guidelines and everything Apple stands for. Using this mess is akin to working with Windows XP within OS X. Takes a forensic lab technician to make head or tail of this highly cryptic software.
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Version 4.6.3
Thinking-Differently
27 October 2013
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
01 September 2012
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
17 February 2012
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
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Adventure-Seeker
Adventure-Seeker
30 August 2012
That's Parity, not Parody. If you know the definition of Parody, you will see the irony in your mistake.
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MisterE
MisterE
30 August 2012
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.
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Adventure-Seeker
Adventure-Seeker
31 August 2012
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.
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MisterE
MisterE
31 August 2012
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.
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Adventure-Seeker
Adventure-Seeker
31 August 2012
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.
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Dorkypants
12 August 2011
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-
01 January 2011
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
18 June 2010
..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
Free

2.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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