Garmin Express on Linux | Step by Step Guide

Garmin Express on Linux

This is an installation guide on how to get Garmin Express on Linux working. In this Step by Step Guide, I go over creating a new wine bottle and installing Garmin Express in it.

Linux Package Requirements:

  • wine-devel Note:3.19 or higher
  • winetricks

Installation Steps

First we start by creating a wineprefix and installing our prerequisites from terminal:

WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/$USER/GarminExpress winetricks dotnet452 vcrun2010 corefonts
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/$USER/GarminExpress winetricks win7

Note: You will be prompted during the setup for .NET installation just hit next and finish. Also, I like to seperate win7 after the prerequisites are setup to make sure the wineprefix runs in Windows 7 mode.

With that out of the way we need to download and install our GarminExpress.exe Setup executable. I downloaded mine from

Run the GarminExpress.exe file in our wine prefix

WINEPREFIX=/home/$USER/GarminExpress wine explorer /desktop=garmin,1366x768 /home/$USER/Downloads/GarminExpress.exe

Note: If you downloaded the GarminExpress.exe to another location replace it above

Modify your shortcut to be the following command

WINEPREFIX=/home/ctitus/GarminExpress wine explorer /desktop=garmin,1366x768 '/home/ctitus/GarminExpress/drive_c/Program Files/Garmin/Express/express.exe'

Upon Launch you should see this screen which should recognize your Garmin device

Garmin Express on Linux

Wish all this done you will be able to launch Garmin Express on Linux.

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  1. ronald long

    Thanks for putting this together. I went through all the steps, Garmin Express launches under Wine, but doesn’t see the ANT USB device. Is there something special I need to do to make that possible (I’m trying to connect a 310 XT).


  2. Alex Long

    After several failed attempts to get Garmin Express to run in my default wine prefix, I followed your guide and it works! I no longer have to rely on my wife to do it for me! Nuvi has just been updated for the first time in 2 years.
    Thank you so much for this guide.

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