After planning your route, export it to your Garmin device in various file formats for navigation via a wired connection to your computer.

Want to load routes to your Garmin wirelessly? Set up the Garmin Courses sync option and you’ll be able to add routes to your device on-the-go.

Before exporting your routes, try to limit the name to 15 characters or less for TCX files or 21 characters or less for GPX files.

For those that are still using classic view, see Exporting Routes to Garmin Classic View
  1. While viewing a route, click on the MORE button in the left panel.
  3. Select TCX (for this example).

    Other formats may be available by scrolling down.

  4. Click DOWNLOAD .TCX
  5. The downloaded file will be placed in your web browsers default location. Most users will find this in their “Downloads” folder on their computer.
  6. With a computer running Windows, the download folder will look similar to the screenshot below.


    With a Mac, the download folder will look similar to the screenshot below.


  7. Plug in your Garmin device into your computer via USB.
  8. Drag & drop or copy & paste the downloaded file into the Garmin > Garmin > NewFiles folder.
  9. *eTrex, Oregon, GPX 6x series, and Montana series will have a folder called GPX.

  10. Eject the device from the Mac Finder by hitting the eject button next to the folder. On Windows, you can eject the device by right-clicking the folder and then click eject.
  11. Simply unplugging the device from your computer without ejecting it may result in corrupt data on the device.

  12. Turn ON your Garmin and select your route to start navigating!
    Get more specific info for your Garmin Device.
  13. The available file types and options:

    TCX Course & FIT File:
    Great for use with all the Garmin Edge devices.
    The “Notify Before Turn” setting is available for Premium and Basic subscribers.
    “Reduce to 500 points” is for much older devices.
    GPX Track:
    Contains only the breadcrumb trail for use with other GPS devices.
    Include POI As Waypoints?
    The routes Points of Interest will be displayed separately from the route and depending on your device will remain in memory.
    Include Cues as Waypoints?
    Only recommended for much older devices that do not have navigation functionality. We recommend this for the eTrex, Oregon, and Montana series.
    GPX Route:
    Contains only the cues, no track information.
    Cue Sheet CSV File:
    Contains ONLY the cues. No track information. Open this with your preferred spreadsheet program to have full control how the cues are formatted.
    Google Earth KML:
    Only used in Google Earth, not compatible with any Garmin devices.

    Learn more about choosing a FIT, TCX, or GPX file.

    Map and Elevation Images

    Although not for navigation, they are handy for putting together route info and web pages for your rides.

    Download Route and Elevation profile images from the Export window.
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