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 (

What’s New

Version 4.8.11

Fixed compatibility issues with macOS 11 Big Sur

Ratings and Reviews

1.6 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

CrazyLostBoy ,

Watch out for 4.8.8 update in Catalina

Many people don't like Basecamp, but I have never found an alternative for computer based routing that have the database capabilities, and recently I have been looking hard. I recently updated on Catalina to 4.8.8. That was a mistake. The program now fails to export files to an internal volume, even to backup your library. It was working fine at 4.8.7. Support was responsive but unwilling to do anything about it to research a work around to save my data. Basically said that SW develpment could not tell me what their install routine does inside the OS so I could get files from a Time machine backup to revert to the old version and save my data. Also support admitted thay don't have a mac! The development staff does obviously and apparently tried to "duplicate my problem", but never really answered my questions like if they had started at 4.8.7 and then did an update - I think only working with a fresh install (which would lose my data). Support at one time came back to me with a "fix" to do a backup, uninstall & re-install (first problem report was I coud not do a backup!). Then they said I should ask Apple about it...I'm now doing my own trials on another mac to try revert. But DO NOT UPDATE to 4.8.8

FlyingGS ,

Barely functional. It’s time to change something.

There is so much potential there but what a disapointment. Trips, Adventures, Routes..etc, this is a collection of features that doesn’t always address the actual pain point for the users. Please do some research (outside of your office), visit some travel shows, cycling, motorcycling, car touring…etc and figure out why people hate their GPS. It should be a fun experience planning a road trip but options are cumbersome and its quasi impossible to find relevant point of interest (you can find any address on the device but when it comes to finding addresses in Basecamp it suddenly becomes impossible). On top of that performance is poor and the software is not stable. It’s time to change something in that team!!

diggertfu ,

Disapointed - Again

I have been using Garmin devices for many years - BaseCamp for the past 10 years. I keep hoping Garmin will do an overhaul of this aged, unintuitive, overly complicated and frustrating application, but I am disappointed with each new release/update. (BTW, I spent 30 years as a product manager responsible for complex medical imaging devices, so I do feel I have a sense of what makes a decient UI.) I just updated from a ten year old iMac to a new iMac; 4.2 GHz i7, 32 GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive - very fast machine. But, BaseCamp is still about as slow as it was on my ten year old iMac. Within the first 15 minutes of use BC crashed four times. Seems to have become a bit more stable now, however I have not tried to connect a Garmin device and upload routes. Ironically, I did not receive any notice on the earlier version of BC (4.2.2) that an update was available, even after selecting Check for Updates. The 4.2.2 version was completely unstable on the new iMac, so after a web search I found out there had been several updates since 4.2.2. Garmin folks, you have to get it together… Please. You know I’m not the only one who is frustrated.

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