Routable GPS Maps for Karachi

Routable Karachi Map courtesy of Pkmaps.freeforums.org

Routable Karachi Map courtesy of Pkmaps.freeforums.org

Its been a long time coming but independent efforts by a group of volunteers have finally paid off to present a fully routable GPS map for Karachi available FREE to the general public. Ali Ahmed and his team of GPS enthusiasts at PKMaps has been doing a remarkable job updating and mapping the entire city of Karachi (& Pakistan) in full detail. Their latest release Karachi Map 0.85 has yet again built upon their great effort. Boasting n impressive stats of 9,500 POI, 36,000 roads (10,500 km), 2,500 addresses, 40 POI with contact numbers

The zip files available for download on the site are custom made for Garmin GPS units. To install this map on your Garmin device you can either download the Mapsource version or copy the gmapsupp.img directly on your supplemental map file. If you have a non-Garmin device there are a few help files on the forums to help install the same Karachi map on alternate devices.

Routbale Map of Karachi available for free

Routbale Map of Karachi available for free

Generally all Pakistan wide maps are available for free but a more detailed Pro version can be accessed for free if you join the team of contributors helping them to either map or even correct and fix the existing map. The Pro version generally has quite a detailed index of house numbers and an elaborate POI index [Points of Interest]

Attached are a few screen shots of this amazing routable map navigating through the streets of Karachi

17 Comments so far

  1. Khurrum Bawani (unregistered) on October 18th, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

    I have been using it since its first release first on N95 then on my Samsung Omnia. Its great work by pkmaps. But still needs some improvements in routing as it sometimes take you somewhere else. Regular updates keep fixing this type of stuff.


  2. human01 (unregistered) on October 18th, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

    Amazing…..I wonder if these flashy GPS are using our classical direction landmarks like “Ghafoor Pan wala” & “Mochi” & “Rehmania Masjid” as their reference too…..


  3. alias (unregistered) on October 18th, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

    human01,
    Getting the “panwalas” and “mochi’s” was a bit difficult but we got almost all of the masjids, chowks, chowrangi’s, bus stops, etc :)


  4. KarAchiBaatein (unregistered) on October 19th, 2009 @ 7:49 am

    I dont see a proper brand for this, I would suggest we should give it a name like Rehbar ver0.85, Hamsafar ver0.85 or something more imiginative.


  5. Syed Faisal Hasan (unregistered) on October 19th, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    Same here.

    Been using these successfully since their earlier version since a year or so back. They have been evolving quite regularly and some real hard effort is put in just for community benefit at large, as good as any commercially available version by cellular companies or naqsha.net

    Some minor glitches are there which would be more refined in future.


  6. Chotyum Sulfate (unregistered) on October 19th, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    agar bunyadi tareeqa rasta dhondnay ka kisi ko nahi ata tou ABS GPS sab baykar hai there is NO need of a GPS maan lo agar kisi bhi wajah sai reason commercial GPS signals are dead, phir keya ho ga.

    aknhoon wala jo apnay ghar bina kisi help kai na pohanch sakay us ka hona na hona barabar hai.


  7. kurt (unregistered) on October 19th, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

    chup ker chootiyay.


  8. fasee on October 19th, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

    Why don’t you guys use the mobi track…its awsome and deadly acurate n updated sruff…


  9. Jawedan (unregistered) on October 19th, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

    Can’t we get the pro version for free pls.. pls pls…
    Someone download and post the pro version for all of us!! then see some POI’s and add more!!


  10. TheGoriWife (unregistered) on October 20th, 2009 @ 6:36 am

    Wow, that’s so cool. I love the wiki aspect of it, appealing to the masses to finetune the final product. I plan to look into this, thanks.


  11. alias (alias84) on October 20th, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

    Jawedan – you can just let us know 5 routing errors that you encounter during normal use and we’ll give you free access to the Pro. Alternatively, just look around your neighborhood area on the map, and give us 25 locations we didn’t already have and we’ll return the favour. No need to steal. :)


  12. fasee on October 21st, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    Although we have mobi track for 400 a pop….am a satisfied customer as long as the roads r concerned…..yet there gps signals are irkesome….specially outside karachi, lahore was wid worse results, specially near army areas….don’t know if its by design or what.

    Yet I appriciate efforts by the new enterprenuers


  13. hchishite (unregistered) on October 21st, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

    @fasee
    GPS signals should be same throughout the country (barring if its cloudy day) its to do with the details in mapping which rest of the companies lack. They are doing it for commercial purpose while PKMAPS is all volunteer based service. I myself have tracked more than 50KM for the service in Karachi). ALIAS might now the exact mileage i have put in :)
    I have given mobi track a spin but its no where as detailed to PKMAPS.


  14. shamsi (unregistered) on October 28th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    use bit torrent i downloaded n installed :) FQ the losers


  15. Amir (unregistered) on September 29th, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    How can I use this on Nokia 5233


  16. بستنی (wasiq) on September 30th, 2010 @ 4:39 am

    its not enough to know where you are or where you are going …if …you are in somebody’s way….lol

    http://wasiq1.blogspot.com/2010/09/kashmir-not-on-my-table-dawn.html


  17. prait-atma (unregistered) on October 1st, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    abay noikia 5233 pe pareshan hai meray ko abi tak nikia 3310 ki GPS setting nai mili….2 saal sey wait ker riya hoon



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