Garmin For Mac Os X


Here’s how to run the Garmin 430/530 (400 and 500 series simulators) on a Mac / Apple computer, a newer version of Windows or even Linux.

The free trainers offered on Garmin’s website are great tools to anyone who might use a 400 or 500 series unit. Whether you are new to these systems and want an introduction, or maybe a flight instructor wanting to show students, the Garmin simulators are fantastic!

These simulators (for Windows) are available for free and can be found on Garmins website here.

Garmin For Mac Os X

Free to try Garmin Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8 Version 2.2.2 Full Specs. Average User Rating: 1 User Votes 4.0. Garmin Support Center is where you will find answers to frequently asked questions and resources to help with all of your Garmin products. Use Garmin Express to update maps and software, sync with Garmin Connect™ and register your device. This desktop software notifies you when updates are available and helps you install them. DOWNLOAD FOR MAC DOWNLOAD FOR WINDOWS.

Garmin Express For Mac Os X 10.6.8

  1. (if you download from the apple store you lose the ability to download updates from garmin) 4.5.2 will support El Capitan, OS X 10.11. The Appstore version was submitted last Monday, 10-12 and is currently in review by Apple.
  2. I have nothing good to say about Garmin Express software for Mac. OS X El Capitan OS X Yosemite OS X Mavericks OS X Mountain Lion Download Information; File Size: 16.05MB.

Unfortunately, these programs are not compatible with all types of computers and operating systems. So, the following is how to best install them on a Mac, Linux, or newer Windows computer.

The normal 430 or 530 simulators will not run on a Windows Vista computer or newer (Windows 7, 8, 10, etc.). As noted by Garmin: “Windows XP Operating System required” and they are “not compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7 Operating Systems”.

The easiest solution is to download the WAAS 400W/500W simulator which is compatible with “Windows XP or later operating system”. (Download Here)

After downloading and installing, select from the options menu the type of unit you need to simulate.

The functionality on the WASS units (430W, 530W) are similar enough to to the non-WAAS 430 and 530 units that they should fit your needs just fine.

Here is the easiest way to run the Garmin sim on your Apple or linux computer. With this method I was able to get the Garmin 430 trainer up and running on my Macbook Pro within within about 30 minutes! The only time consuming part is downloading ~4.1GB of files.

It just takes 3 quick steps:

  1. Download and install VirtualBox
  2. Download and install a free Windows Virtual Machine
  3. Within the virtual machine, download and install the Garmin Sim

1. Download and install VirtualBox

You need a free program called VirtualBox to create a “virtual” Windows computer on your Mac. Here are the steps:

Visit the VirtualBox website.


Download “VirtualBox platform packages” for “OS X Host”.

Install VirtualBox just like any other program – Double click on the VirtualBox.pkg icon and follow the on screen installation prompts

2. Download and run a free Windows Virtual Machine from Microsoft

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Microsoft gives out free versions of windows for web developers and programmers to download and test their software on. The only catch is that they have a 90 day trial limit. However even Microsoft themselves suggest that you create a “SnapShot” in VirtualBox in order to simply keep resetting this 90 day trial when the time comes.

Visit Microsoft’s website and download a free virtual machine

Chose “IE8 on Win7” or whichever version you prefer, select “VirtualBox” for the platform, and download it.

When the download completes, double click on the the file “IE8 – Win7.ova” and it will automatically bring up VirtualBox and begin loading the virtual Windows machine.

Garmin Mapsource For Mac Os X

The standard “Appliance settings” should be just fine (depending on your computer) and you can just select “Import”.

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When VirtualBox finishes loading the Windows machine, Start the machine, and boot into Windows.

Garmin mapsource for mac os x

Within windows you should now be able to access Wifi and download and install the Garmin Sim from their website within the host Windows machine. That’s It! You’re up and running!

Garmin Connect For Mac Os X

Also, don’t forget to create a “Snapshot” of your virtual machine to easily reset the windows trial period. Microsoft even recommends doing this.

Garmin Express For Mac Os X 10.9.5

Go to the upper right-hand corner that says “Snapshot”

Then click the little blue camera to create a new snapshot. It will ask you to name it, I named mine “New Install with Garmin”. Click “OK” and the snapshot will be created.

When the time comes to reset windows just come back, right-click, and “Restore Snapshot”.