Category: Main Special Purpose Garmin Express Rolling/Current

Garmin Express

Rolling release. Always indicate which Express version you tested your Wine version against.

Application Details:

Version: Rolling/Current
License: Free to use
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.0.1

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Was able to add my Garmin Forerunner 220 and sync it with my Garmin Connect Account

What does not

Installer wouldn't launch until I installed dotnet452 using winetricks to my 32bit prefix first. 

Visual glitches when running in an Xorg session made the application unusable. However, UI generally works with some minor graphical glitches when running in a Wayland Session. Using Gnome 3.32.

At first, when trying to sign into Garmin Connect from the application, the dialog window fonts were broken and would not accept keyboard input. Installing the Ubuntu ttf-mscorefonts-installer package fixed this issue.


Preinstall the dotnet452 using winetricks in a 32 bit prefix.

Set compatibility mode to Windows 7

install ttf-mscorefonts-installer package with apt

Run in a Wayland session

What was not tested

Updating watch firmware

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 21.1Apr 24 20238.0.1Yes Yes YesBronzeWayneL 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 27 20227.16-stagingYes Yes YesBronzeAlex S. 
ShowFedora 35 x86_64Jan 17 20227.0-rc5-stagingYes Yes YesGarbagebirger 
ShowArch LinuxAug 19 20216.15-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAlex S. 
ShowLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Mar 01 20216.0Yes Yes YesGoldDaniel Dodson 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
52807 Garmin Express crashes NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation instructions

The installation is quite basic. Download the installer with the links provided, e.g. to /tmp. Then proceed to create a new prefix somewhere your user has write permissions to, e.g. in /opt/garmin/:

mkdir -p /opt/garmin/ && cd /opt/garmin/
export WINEPREFIX=/opt/garmin/
wineboot -i

Install the .NET Framework 4.7.2 in there. --force is needed to prevent winetricks from not completing installation because some of the dotnet verbs may be broken:

winetricks --force dotnet472

Now execute GarminExpress.exe in there.

wine /tmp/GarminExpress.exe

That's about it, really. I additionally went into the settings and disabled launch on "boot" to remove possible complications this may cause, if any.

To simplify launching you can create a .desktop file and place it into /usr/share/applications/ to be able to launch it with your DE. Otherwise, export the wineprefix and launch:

wine "/opt/garmin/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Garmin/Express/express.exe"
Remember to mount the device!

All tested Garmin devices present themselves as mass storage media to Linux, so their file system is browsable. If the issue arises that your device is not detected, check if it's mounted read-write. Not all distributions are configured to auto-mount such media.