Garmin Express Linux [Installation Guide]

Garmin Express Linux: A Complete Download And Installation Guide

You can easily install the Garmin Express Linux apart from installing it on Windows and Macintosh Operating System. Generally, the Garmin GPS devices use the USB to connect it with your computer. 

You will get all the possible information on the installation of Garmin Express on Linux. We will also provide you additional information about Garmin GPS on Linux Mint Operating System. You just need to follow all the points and instructions very carefully. 

How to Install Garmin Express on Linux?

You will get all the step-by-step information on installing the Garmin Express on Linux OS. You need some basic components that are compulsory for the installation process. 

Necessary Package Requirements for Linux

There are mainly two things that you must need to start the installation procedure. They are Wine-level version 3.19 or higher than that and Winetricks. Now proceed further to start the Garmin installation procedure. 

The Installation Process 

Now, you need to start the installation process by following the steps that are given below. 

Step 1: Create Wineprefix with the Terminal

In the beginning, you have to start the procedure by creating a wineprefix. Then install all the prerequisites from it. The code in the terminal you can see will be “WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/$USER/GarminExpress winetricks dotnet452 vcrun2010 corefonts”. Now move on to “WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/$USER/GarminExpress winetricks win7”.

Note: You might have to install the .Net framework for Linux. In case you see a prompt message during the installation process, just click on “Next” and finish the process. It will be better if you separate the win7 after the complete setup of all the prerequisites. This will help you to make sure that the wineprefix runs like Windows 7 mode. 

Step 2: Run the Garmin executable file 

Before running, the file you need to download and install it. Download the .exe file from any secured website and install it. Now run the executable file in this wineprefix “ WINEPREFIX=/home/$USER/GarminExpress wine explorer /desktop=garmin,1366×768 /home/$USER/Downloads”. There you will find the “GarminExpress.exe “ executable file. 

Step 3: Perform the shortcut modification 

After performing step 2, you need to modify the shortcut that is created by the executable file. The “ WINEPREFIX=/home/ctitus/GarminExpress wine explorer /desktop=garmin,1366×768 ‘/home/ctitus/GarminExpress/drive_c/Program Files/Garmin/Express/express.exe “ command will help you to do that. 

Now launch the application and you will be able to see the Garmin device on the screen. After performing all the steps, you will be able to launch the Garmin Express on Linux. 

Garmin Express GPS for Linux Mint

If you are using Linux Mint Operating System, then you can find a connectivity issue between the Garmin Express GPS and the OS. But there are certain ways by which you will be able to connect them easily. Before that, you need to have some of these items that are given below. 

  • Garmin Forerunner 210 and a data cable for establishing a connection
  • Linux Mint 14 Operating System, you can also use other OS based on Ubuntu and Debian
  • A web browser for connecting to the internet
  • Your Garmin account to upload all the necessary activities 
  • Garmin plugin and Forerunner Tools from Synaptic package manager

Now follow the steps to resolve the connectivity issue with ease. 

Step 1: Install the Garmin Communicator Plug-in

The communicator plug-in will not be available by default, so you need to download the plug-in from any other secure website. After that, open the terminal and type the following command. 

1st:  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andreas-diesner/garminplugin

2nd: sudo apt-get update

3rd: sudo apt-get install garmin plugin



Step 2: Install the Garmin-Forerunner Tool and Add the Communicator

After performing step 1, open the Synaptic package and install the Garmin Forerunner tool from Synaptic. When you see the “Apply” button, click on it to install the tool. After that, install the Garmin Communicator add on from any internet browser. The add-on basically transfers the data between the GPS device and the computer. 



Step 3: Connect the Garmin Forerunner

Close all the opened windows and plug-in the Garmin Forerunner with the help of a connector cable to the USB port. Of your computer and the device. You might want to know whether the device is detected by the OS. in order to do so, open the terminal and type “Isusb”. It will show all the devices that are connected to your Operating System. 



After that, you can see the “Triangular” icon of Garmin will appear on the desktop screen. Open the default browser of Linux Mint and log-in to your Garmin website. Now click on “Upload” and you will find that your device is detected properly. You will now be able to use the Garmin Express on Linux Mint with ease. 

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