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Navit is a open source (GPL) car navigation system with routing engine.

It's modular design is capable of using vector maps of various formats for routing and rendering of the displayed map. It's even possible to use multiple maps at a time.

The user interface is designed to work well with touch screen displays. Points of Interest of various formats are displayed on the map.

The current vehicle position is read from gps

The routing engine not only calculates an optimal route to your destination, but also generates directions and even speaks to you.

Navit currently speaks over 70 languages!

You can help translating via our web based translation page :

For help or more information, please refer to the wiki :


The best navigation system is useless without maps. While others are known to work too, the simplest solution is to use OpenStreetMaps by downloading prepared map from the navit planet extractor.

This release is preconfigured to expect a map file at /home/nemo/Documents/map.navit.bin

Older releases up to verion 0.5.6-1 were preconfigured to expect a map file at /home/nemo/Maps/map.navit.bin instead. Move map to newer locatuin if upgrading.

Routing algorithm

NavIt uses a Dijkstra algorithm for routing. The routing starts at the destination by assigning a value to each point directly connected to destination point. The value represents the estimated time needed to pass this distance.

Now the point with the lowest value is choosen using the Fibonacci heap and a value is assigned to connected points whos are unevaluated or whos current value ist greater than the new one.

The search is repeated until the origin is found.

Once the origin is reached, all that needs to be done is to follow the points with the lowest values to the destination.

User configuration

Navit can be fully customized by copying and editing some xml files. Up to version 0.6.6-1, the user configuration directory was configured to be /home/nemo/.navit/ . Due to sandboxing requirements this was changed to be /home/nemo/.config/org.navitproject/navit . The default configuration is located under /usr/share/harbour-navit/ for all versions. Simply copy over the .xml files and start customizing.

Application versions: 
File harbour-navit-0.5.1-2.armv7hl.rpm4.33 MB08/05/2017 - 14:14
File harbour-navit-0.5.1-2.i586.rpm4.36 MB08/05/2017 - 14:22
File harbour-navit-0.5.1-3.armv7hl.rpm4.92 MB21/06/2017 - 23:50
File harbour-navit-0.5.1-3.i586.rpm4.95 MB21/06/2017 - 23:50
File harbour-navit-0.5.3-1.armv7hl.rpm5.43 MB02/10/2018 - 01:04
File harbour-navit-0.5.3-1.i586.rpm5.46 MB02/10/2018 - 01:04
File harbour-navit-0.5.6-1.armv7hl.rpm5.47 MB29/04/2021 - 17:15
File harbour-navit-0.5.6-2.aarch64.rpm5.49 MB24/05/2022 - 16:50
File harbour-navit-0.5.6-2.armv7hl.rpm5.47 MB24/05/2022 - 16:50

Hello Navitters,

Great news: Navit 0.5.6-2 is out now. Please read this changelog.

  • Minimum required version is Sailfish Should be good for Jolla1
  • Enable sandboxing on Sailfish 4.4
  • Default map location moved from /home/nemo/Maps/map.navit.bin to /home/nemo/Documents/map.navit.bin due to sandboxing requirements. Move maps if required.
  • User configuration moved from /home/nemo/.navit to /home/nemo/.config/org.navitproject/navit due to sandboxing requirements. Ensure to move custom configuration and bookmarks to new location after update if required.
  • aarch64 support (completely untested due to lack of device. Any donors?)

If you want to know about other changes see the Changelog at:

For the full list of commits, see: v0.5.5...v0.5.6

Please report issues at
The documentation can be found at and

To get the latest builds, see:

Happy routing!


metalstrolch's picture

My suggestion then is to run harbour-navit from the console and check the output for error messages. What device/version are you on?

Caballlero's picture

Jolla c

| SailfishOS (Iijoki) (armv7hl) '--- [nemo@Sailfish ~]$ harbour-navit [D] unknown:0 - Using Wayland-EGL error:speech_qt5_espeak:bool qt5_espeak_init_espeak(speech_priv*, attr**):Sampl e rate is 22050 error:navit:xinclude:Unable to include /usr/share/harbour-navit/maps/*.xml error:map_binfile:map_binfile_open:Failed to load '/home/nemo/Maps/ n'|

metalstrolch's picture

Navit cannot load yor map.

Please check permissions of the map file. You can copy the sample map from /usr/share/harbour-navit/maps to ensure map is right. (sample shows munic, germany) Additional check /usr/share/harbour-navit/navit.xml for mapset tag. Looks as if youve got a typo here.

Caballlero's picture

the map have execution permit , i suspect my map is broken. I think that navit need update all maps.

paolomi's picture


download the map again! I've download 3 times, because the map wasn't fully downloaded and the server doesn't support resume (wget -c doesn't work), so you have to restart download. And check that is fully downloaded.

paolomi's picture

many thanks for navit! :)   is it really gtk+ user interface?


by the way, there is a little error in navit.xml:


should be


metalstrolch's picture

The Sailfish version is using NavIT's internal GUI on a QML Qt5 graphics backend. It does not have any dependencies to gtk+. In fact this version has only one dependency that is forbidden in Harbour: libfreetype.

Of course NavIT could have a GTK gui, but not for Sailfish.

Thanks for the hint about the config error. I'll fix that in the next release. At the moment the NavIT project is refurbishing the configuration in general, so stay tuned.

paolomi's picture

many thanks for the explanation :)

By the way, the page "interactive help" has been deleted, then fix the description above, remove "If you don't know where to start, we recommend you to read the Interactive Help : "

MooCrumpus's picture

Does it match with OSM Scout Server's maps?

metalstrolch's picture

No, NavIT is not tile based and therefore not compatible to OSM Scout. But it does not need internet connection for routing either, NavIT uses mostly its own binary vector map format processed out of OSM data. You can download preprocessed maps from Navit Planet Extractor.

NavIT can use some other map formats as well. See NavIT home page

ferlanero's picture

Thank you for this release! In which folder do we have to place the downloaded maps to NavIT recognizes them? Thank you!

metalstrolch's picture

It is preconfigured for ~/Maps/map.navit.bin but you can change by copying /usr/share/harbour-navit/navit.xml into ~/.navit/ and adapting the mapset tags.

ferlanero's picture

Thank you very much! Works great in a OnePlus X Sailfish port! Thumbs up!