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Garmin Communicator Is No Longer Supported on Google Chrome

Garmin Communicator PluginI built a brand new PC the other day (I’ll include details in another post) and installed a handful of my must-have applications (yet another post!). My favorite browser continues to be Google Chrome. It seems like a lot of people have been complaining about it recently, but it continues to provide the speed, functionality, and extensions that get the job done for me. I always end up installing Opera (and now Vivaldi) and Firefox, and Internet Explorer is installed whether I want it or not. I give all of these browsers a chance time after time. I always come back to Chrome.

It seemed like just a short time ago, the Garmin Communicator plugin was not compatible with Chrome. Then it was compatible  (I can’t remember the version when it started working), but it appears to be dead for good.

For those who don’t know, Garmin Communicator is a browser add-on that transfers data between your Garmin GPS device and your computer. The current version is 4.20, and most of the version can be obtained in the downloads section of this site.

Okay, so I built my PC and installed Chrome. I then wanted to upload a bike ride from my Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer to Strava. Typically I now use Garmin Express software to keep my workouts synced between the Edge 1000 and Garmin Connect. Then, Garmin Connect and Strava keep each other synced. The ride that I wanted to upload had never been synced, so I was going to let Strava upload the workout for me via the Garmin Communicator plugin. In Strava I went to the Upload Activity menu, then I clicked on the Upload directly from your device using the Garmin Communicator Plug-in link:

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That link reminded me that I still had not installed the Garmin Communicator  plugin on my newly-built PC. No problem! Let’s click the Install the Garmin Communicator plugin link and get it!

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Uh oh…

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Apparently, Google has been phasing out support for the Netscape Plug-in API (NPAPI) for over a year now, and I am assuming that the Communicator plugin is built upon that API. It looks like Garmin would have to rewrite Communicator using newer APIs to get Chrome compatibility back.

Garmin Express works great for syncing and keeping my GPS firmware and maps up to date. It looks like if I have any other old rides left on my Edge, I will be using Internet Explorer to do the job.

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Version 4.2.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v4.2.0 - v.4.2.0 - 17.99 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on April 3, 2014 to the 4.2.0 version, an upgrade from version 4.1.0.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices as well as Apple iPhones.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

  • Garmin Communicator supports Windows XP and later
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, or Chrome 8+
  • This download only supports Windows computers. For the Mac download of Garmin Communicator Plugin click here
  • This software requires Windows Media Player 11 or greater (a free download from Microsoft).

Changes made from version 4.1.0 to 4.2.0

  • Added support for new aviation database format

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 4.1.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v4.1.0 - v.4.1.0 - 17.99 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on October 23, 2013 to the 4.1.0 version, an upgrade from version 4.0.4.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices as well as Apple iPhones.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

  • Garmin Communicator supports Windows XP and later
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, or Chrome 8+
  • This download only supports Windows computers. For the Mac download of Garmin Communicator Plugin click here
  • This software requires Windows Media Player 11 or greater (a free download from Microsoft).

Changes made from version 4.0.4 to 4.1.0

  • Fixed an issue with Base64 decoding that caused last character in the stream to be ignored

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 4.0.4 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v4.0.4 - v.4.0.4 - 17.98 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on November 14, 2012 to the 4.0.4.0 version, an upgrade from version 4.0.3.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

  • Garmin Communicator supports Windows XP and later
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, or Chrome 8+
  • This download only supports Windows computers. For the Mac download of Garmin Communicator Plugin click here
  • This software requires Windows Media Player 11 or greater (a free download from Microsoft).

Changes made from version 4.0.3 to 4.0.4

  • Modified aviation updates to work on all platforms

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 4.0.1.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v4.0.1 - v.4.0.1 - 14.23 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on January 9, 2012 to the 4.0.1.0 version, an upgrade from version 3.0.1.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

  • Garmin Communicator supports Windows XP and later
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, or Chrome 8+
  • This download only supports Windows computers. For the Mac download of Garmin Communicator Plugin click here
  • This software requires Windows Media Player 11 or greater (a free download from Microsoft).

Changes made from version 3.0.1 to 4.0.1:

  • Added 64 bit browser support
  • Fixed workout and profile transfer issues with eNewLeaf
  • Fixed workout transfer issue with FIT devices like Forerunner 610.
  • Fixed Windows XP only transfer issues with FIT devices.

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 3.0.1.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v3.0.1 - v.3.0.1 - 7.03 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on August 2, 2011 to the 3.0.1.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.9.3.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.  It is not compatibe with 64-bit browsers, but it does now support Google Chrome!

Changes made from version 2.9.3 to 3.0.1:

  • Added support for new devices
  • Added support for detecting association between memory card and its host device
  • Fixed issues related to detecting and updating GTU 10 devices

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 2.9.3.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v2.9.3.0 - v.2.9.3.0 - 5.96 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on November 10, 2010 to the 2.9.3.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.9.2.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.  It is also still not compatible with the Google Chrome browser.

Changes made from version 2.9.2 to 2.9.3:

  • Fixed debug logging that was broken in Windows
  • Fixed a number of Workout transfer issues
  • Added support for GTN aviation updates

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 2.9.2.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v2.9.2.0 - v.2.9.2.0 - 5.68 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on April 6, 2010 to the 2.9.2.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.9.1.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.

Changes made from version 2.9.1 to 2.9.2:

    • Added support for 2GB aviation data cards.
    • Made GetBinaryFile function available to non-Garmin websites.
    • Switching to indeterminate progress if the calculated progress is greater than 100%.

      Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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      Version 2.9.1.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

      Garmin Communicator Plugin v2.9.1.0 - v.2.9.1.0 - 4.98 MB

       Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on November 10, 2009 to the 2.9.1.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.8.3.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

      The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.

      Changes made from version 2.8.3 to 2.9.1:

      • Added support for aviation devices like G3X/G300 and aera.
      • Added support for AOPA aviation updates.

      Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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      Version 2.8.3.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

      Garmin Communicator Plugin v2.8.3.0 - v.2.8.3.0 - 6.93 MB

       Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on October 16, 2009 to the 2.8.3.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.8.2.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

      The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.

      Changes made from version 2.8.2 to 2.8.3:

      • Fixed a myDashboard-related issue.

      Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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