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: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.0-rc5-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

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What works

What works

* Updating software on a Forerunner 920XT

* Configuring WiFi

* Changing various other settings on watch

What does not

Initial window was not displayed correctly upon loading application. Minimising/maximising causes it to redraw correctly. Everything else afterwards is fine. The display issue was only cosmetic.


- Installed wine using PPA from wine website

sudo apt install winehq-devel=6.0.0~bionic-1 wine-devel=6.0.0~bionic-1 wine-devel-i386=6.0.0~bionic-1 wine-devel-amd64=6.0.0~bionic-1

- Set up WINE environment variables
export WINEPREFIX=$HOME/garmin_express
export WINEARCH=win32

- Downloaded winetricks
Version: 20210206-next - sha256sum: e7322b753c706f59ebb3efb72b32963b976f06b2a9820956ffbc7f7acc264eb4
Copied into ${WINEPREFIX}

- Installed wine libraries and Garmin Express, ran Garmin Express

*NOTE* It is important to choose 'restart now' when installing the various dotnet versions. Not doing this will cause the process to hang indefinitely.


if ! [ -e ${WINEPREFIX} ]; then

  mkdir ${WINEPREFIX};

  cp winetricks ${WINEPREFIX}/;


${WINEPREFIX}/winetricks -q corefonts || exit 1
${WINEPREFIX}/winetricks --force dotnet472 || exit 1
${WINEPREFIX}/winetricks vcrun2010 corefonts d3dcompiler_47 || exit 2
wine ~/Downloads/GarminExpress.exe || exit 3
${WINEPREFIX}/winetricks vista || exit 4
wine 'C:\Program Files\Garmin\Express\express.exe' || exit 5

- Post install

Garmin Express will have installed a shortcut on your desktop that you can use to start it in the future.

What was not tested

All watches that were not Forerunner 920XTs.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowFedora 35 x86_64Jan 17 20227.0-rc5-stagingYes Yes YesGarbagebirger 
ShowArch LinuxAug 19 20216.15-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAlex S. 
CurrentLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Mar 01 20216.0Yes Yes YesGoldDaniel Dodson 
ShowLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Feb 23 20215.22Yes Yes YesGoldDaniel Dodson 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 03 20215.22No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldNick Burrett 

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.