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Navit is highly configurable. Options such as cursor shape, map rendering, vehicle behaviour and display layouts can all be configured. This page aims to show the most common options which a first-time user may want to change - for the power user please also see the full list of options.


Discuss the fact that configuring Navit is done through configuring an xml file. No GUI.

Configurable Sections


Options such as starting position, 3D orientation and metric/imperial can be modified in the general Navit tag. Autozoom and map orientation can also be configured in this section.

General options.


A large number of display properties can be configured, including desktop or touchscreen-optimised GUIs, on-screen display items and complete control over menu items.

Display options.


A number of vehicles can be defined within Navit, depending upon the device and/or operating system in use. Vehicle profiles (eg: car, pedestrian, bicycle...) are also completely configurable.

Vehicle options.


Navit can use maps from a variety of sources, thought the most popular are OpenStreetMap derived maps. Any number of maps can be configured and enabled at any one time.

Maps options.


Maps are displayed on-screen according to the rules defined in the layout. All aspects of the layout are configurable, from POI icons to colours for a particular type of highway.

Layout options.


There are many more options, including debugging, specific plugins (such as Garmin maps), speech announcements and trip logging.

Advanced options.


Settings which affect Navit's general behaviour are located within the <navit .. > tag. n a default installation, this is found on line 31 of navit.xml.

Initial map center position

On Navit's very first startup, it needs a position to look at on the map. By default this is set to Munich in Germany, which is conveniently covered by the sample map created on installation.

center="4808 N 1134 E"

Coordinates must use the WGS-84 projection. You can use decimal degrees

center="[-][D]D.x[x]... [-][D][D]D.x[x]"

where D = degrees and x = fractions of a degree. You can also use decimal minutes

center="[D] N/S [D][D]DMM.yyy E/W"

where D = degrees, M = minutes and x/y = fractions of a minute. You can use N or S to denote North or South, and E or W to denote East or West. Lastly, you can use hexadecimal coordinates

center="[-]0xX [-]0xX"

Initial map zoom level

Map orientation


Initial 3D pitch

Imperial units