Without maps, any satellite navigation software is useless. Fortunately, Navit can use a variety of maps from a number of sources.
- 1 Quick Guide
- 2 Worldwide Coverage
- 3 Continental Coverage
- 4 User-Created Maps
The following matrix shows at-a-glance the features that each supported map type has.
|Map Format||Browsing||Searching||Routing||Driver status||Data age|
|Grosser Reiseplanner||Yes||Yes||Yes||Frozen||>3 years|
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a worldwide mapping project to which anybody can contribute - a bit like a Wikipedia, but with maps. As such, all data is user-contributed, which can make for some super fine detail in certain areas. To see how well covered your area is, go to http://www.openstreetmap.org - if coverage is poor, consider signing up and contributing yourself!
To get started quickly using OpenStreetMap maps in Navit, go to the Navit Planet Extractor and download a map extract for your area. For more detailed information, see the dedicated Navit OpenStreetMaps wiki page.
Libgarmin is an experimental open-source Garmin map driver which can be used by Navit. There are a number of sites from which you can download Garmin maps (including OSM-derived Garmin maps), or you can use your own Garmin map as long as it is unlocked.
Note that Navit cannot provide routing information when using Garmin maps. For more detailed information, including how to setup Navit to use Garmin maps, see the dedicated Navit Garmin Maps wiki page.
Marco Polo Grosser Reiseplanner are extremely detailed digital maps of Europe, split into 5 regions (with Germany having its very own region!). These maps where the first map types which Navit supported.
Note that Navit can only read Grosser Reiseplanner versions 2002/2003 to 2007/2008. Newer versions are currently incomptible with Navit.For more detailed information, including how to setup Navit to use Grosser Reiseplanner, see the dedicated Navit European maps wiki page.
Similar to the Grosser Reiseplanner maps, but with low detail outside major European cities. The advantage over Grosser Reiseplanner maps is that Routenplaner Europa 2007 costs under €10! For more details, see the dedicated Navit European maps wiki page.