Garmin Basecamp

What is Garmin Basecamp?

Garmin Basecamp is a dedicated GIS (Geographic Information System) software meant to enhance the overall experience for the users of Garmin Navigation Devices. This smart and intuitive software tool helps you in accessing maps and other related information in a user-friendly way. It facilitates you in making the most out of your outdoor activities, trips, and adventures. It gives you all the required tools to plan and manage your trips, organize your data and do a lot more. In short, this software allows you to view maps, routes, waypoints and tracks. Besides, you can transfer them to or from your Garmin Device. This free-of-cost mapping program makes your Garmin Devices more efficient and smart.

Features Of Garmin Basecamp

Features Of Garmin Basecamp

Garmin Basecamp is packed with a number of intuitive features that makes this software exceptionally beneficial. 

  • Check your Maps and Satellite Imagery
  • Transfer Maps to your GPS Device
  • Plan Your Trips
  • Create, Edit and Organize Waypoints, Routes and Tracks from your System. Then, transfer data to your GPS Device.
  • Import and View your Maps in 2-D or 3-D.
  • Download and Transfer BirdsEye Imagery to your Device. 
  • Import downloaded Geocaches.
  • Playback Routes, Tracks, Waypoints, Adventures etc. 
  • Create and Share Geotagged Photos.
  • Track Draw feature helps you in determining the difficulty factors involved in your Planned Trip.
  • Survey Terrains by means of viewing Topographic Maps

Garmin Basecamp Setup

Deploying Garmin Basecamp on your system is a hasslefree process. This involves downloading and installing this outstanding software tool. The best part is you can acquire it directly from the official website or Garmin Express installed on your system. Irrespective of the chosen source, it is essential to ensure that your system fulfills the specified system requirements. 

Minimum System Requirements

For Windows
  • Intel-based Processor
  • Windows Vista (64-bit) or later
  • Microsoft .NET framework 4.6
  • Video Card compatible with OpenGL version 1.3 or later for accessing 3-D Terrain Maps
For Mac
  • Intel-based Processor
  • Mac OS 10.13 or later
  • Minimum RAM of 1024 MB

Setup Procedure For Garmin Basecamp

Setup Procedure For Garmin Basecamp
  1. In the very first place, launch an Internet Browser that is available on your System. For example, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome etc. 
  2. Then, bring up the official website for acquiring Garmin Basecamp. For this, enter the URL correctly i.e. “”.
  3. Now, look at the top right-hand corner of this window. Here, you will find a Search Bar. 
  4. Next, you should type in “Garmin Basecamp” in this bar. Then, press the “Enter” key. 
  5. The following window will display the Search Results. Select the very first option which says “Garmin Basecamp” or just “Basecamp”.
  6. Thereafter, scroll down the next window. Here, you will notice two distinct download links for Windows and Mac. 
  7. Hence, click on the correct download link as per the OS of your Computer. 
  8. On the following window, click on the “Download” tab to begin the downloading process. 
  9. After that, wait for the process to complete. 
  1. Once the downloading process completes for Garmin Basecamp, a pop-up box appears at the very bottom of your screen. Here, you should select “Run”.
  2. This opens up the Welcome window of Garmin Basecamp Setup Wizard. Click “Next” to proceed further. 
  3. Now, attentively go through the terms of its “End User License Agreement”. 
  4. Select the corresponding checkbox. 
  5. Then, click “Next”.
  6. With this, the Installation process will start. Hence, wait for it.
  7. Thereafter, click on “Finish”.
  8. Finally, restart your computer.

How Garmin Basecamp Works?

How Garmin Basecamp Works
  1. First of all, make sure that you have properly installed Garmin Basecamp on your System. 
  2. Now, launch this award-winning software tool on your system. For this, double-click on the respective icon from your Desktop. 
  3. This will bring up an Activity Profile window on your screen. It will display various activities like automotive, hiking, cycling, mountaineering, walking etc. This allows you to easily access useful information according to your chosen activity. 
  4. At this point, you must hook up your Garmin Device to this Computer by means of a mini USB Cable. As such, all the data of your Device will be visible at the lower left-hand corner of this software. 
  5. Thereafter, you can explore the available map. For this, use the Hand tool or Magnifying Glass from the Toolbar.
  6. In addition to that, you can import and view tracks from your GPS Device. 
  7. Besides that, you can easily plan a new track. For this, click on “New”. Then, select “Route”.