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The most advanced TYP File Editor

Quickly change the way maps look on your Garmin devices or Android mobiles/tablets.

What are TYP files?

Garmin uses a TYP file to change:

By editing a TYP file you can manipulate how your map looks!

Where do I find a map's TYP file?

TYP files are located in the main map folder.

How to change Maps which have a TYP file

All Garmin maps with an existing TYP file can be modified to suit your personal preferences.

  • File,Open TYP from Mapsource/Basecamp

  • Select map and click Open TYP

  • Make changes and go File,Save
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How to change Maps which have no TYP file

before after check TYPE number

How to change Maps on your Garmin device

How to make your map clearer & less cluttered

Often , names of cities,towns & villages are obscured by :labels of other points or areas or the fontsize of street names!

Although a TYPwiz5 cannot change the contents of a map , it can change fontsizes of selected elements and make their labels invisible!

Select Elements using CTRL Click or SHIFT Click

From the main menu Tools,Batch Conversion of Fonts and tick Add Font to All . Select new font and click OK

no-label means invisible.

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default no label small font normal large

Select Icons & Perform a Task

Use CTRL or SHFT keys to select

Use ESC key to cancel

  • Delete selected elements
  • Give selected elements the same draw order
  • Give selected elements the same Font Style or Color
  • Copy selected elements and paste into a different TYP file
  • much more!

Multiple highway colours

Lines / highways with 3-5 colours

  • In this example we selected 3 lines
  • Right Click and Edit
  • Set one colour to transparent
  • See final result in our South West 2019 TOPO
  • In Basecamp/Mapsource search Rawridge

Download Options


NEW VERSION 5.975 See Details


Secure Download TYPWiz 5 LI setup  

  You may have to refresh this page to see latest version
  Secure Registration of TYPWiz5
  Download TYPWiz TWZ to change a TYP's FID,PID & Codepage using command lines
  Registered Users:
  Latest version :TYPWiz 5.975
Go: Help,Check for Updates and click Download Latest Version

Windows 7/10
click here

TYPWIz5 Manuals

    TYPWiz5 Unicode manual
    TYPWiz5 manual
  A Quick PDF GUIDE to TYPWiz




Guide to Garmin's Color Palettes & XPM
 (colormodes and XPM code)
  UNTOLD TIPS for creating TYP files
How to Edit TOPO files - TOPO France V3   in Google French - TOPO France V3
More information on TOPO France V4   How to get Multi Coloured Polygons
TYPwWiz & Active Routing   nuvi.typ

Your questions

Youtube :What are Draworders? Aspects Covered  

  The Mystery of Extra Draworders

  • How to load a TYP file from Basecamp
  • How to modify a typ file
  • How to restore original typfile
  • How to quickly give all or selected polygons the same draworder
  • How to quickly give all polygons a unique draworder
How do I change my contour lines?  

Find out what the type number is for contours:

  • Click on Lines (Top left)
  • Tick 'type search box' next to Basecamp Icon and Search for Contour:


  • Create 3 contour lines, 0x20,0x21 and 0x22
What else can I search for?
  • Click on Lines (Top Left)
  • Try Power for powerlines
  • Click on Polygons
  • Try Park
  • etc
How can I change my map's TYP file? How can I quickly add an extra language?
  • Go Tools ,TYP files from Basecamp/Mapsource
  • Select your map and click 'OPEN TYP'
  • Make changes then Tools,TYP files from Basecamp/Mapsource
  • Click the 'Replace ... TYP' button and reload Basecamp/Mapsource
How can I make my active routing lines
bigger or change their colours?
How can I make my NUVI/ZUMO icons bigger or change their colours?
How can I make my TOPO active routing lines stand out? How can I convert any map to say black and white and highlight the lines/pois I really need?
  • Convert your map to shades of grey or any palette then add colour to only what you want !
  • Image shows part of a new look TOPO France 4 with only cycling routes highlighted in blue.
How can I copy or delete multiple icons?

  • Use Shift or CTRL Click to select icons
  • Right Click and select Copy or Delete
  • Paste selection into a new TYP file
MY Map! How Can I change my existing map and only show what I want?
  • There has been a big trend towards changing the colours of Garmin's Navigator maps using our Map Theme Maker.
  • We therefore took the TYP file of a popular Openfietsmap map and quickly converted it to Black & White using 'Colour,Convert to Black & White'
  • We then gave cycle paths , cycle routes and a few POIs a red colour .
How can I optimise icons for my Forerunner, Fenix , Quatix, D2 & other devices with limited Colour Palettes? How can I create a TYP file from my mkgmap style files?
Can I change the Hill Shading (DEM) effect ? How can I quickly import elements defined by Mapuploader as 'not in TYP'
Unfortunately, Garmin has not provided a way for TYP files to change the colour of any hill shading. It has to be black!

Save missing polygons,lines or points as twzx and import into TYPWiz5.


How can I tell which icons are superfluous? icons not in style

From Mapuploader 5 you can check which TYP icons are NOT in your style ; save list as twzx and import into TYPWiz5 .

Any icons marked with a red cross are not needed


Check out these TYP files

Garmin Gmapsupps

TYPWiz5 & Androids

1) Extract TYP file from a gmapsupp using TYPWiz5
--> Tools,Extract TYP file from gmapsupp

2) Edit your TYP file and recompile gmapsupp :
--> Tools, Add/Replace Gmapsupp TYP file

3) Download version 7.4.22 or higher from Oruxmaps.com, not the version from Google Store

4) Copy gmapsupp into


5) Select Offline maps

6) Currently, Oruxmaps does not parse no_label