Before starting, please make a backup of your Tomtom using TomTom Home (or with any other mean you may find more suitable).


Then download Tomplayer.


There are two distinct procedures to install Tomplayer.

  • We call the first one  the standalone installation.
  • We call the second installation, the integrated in navcore installation.

Read carefully the features of each installation before choosing the one you prefer.

Be aware that the standalone installation is preferred because odds are higher that it simply works out the box...

Be also aware that it is strongly recommended to install Tomplayer and media files on an external SD card rather than on the internal memory because these Flash based memories have a limited number of writes...


Standalone installation


With this installation, you dedicate a full SD card for Tomplayer.

Tomplayer starts automatically when you turn on the TomTom. And, when you quit Tomplayer, the TomTom is powered off.

You  have to remove Tomplayer SD card to be able to run navigation software again.


Here are the easy steps to install Tomplayer that way :

  • Extract the content of the distrib folder (the main folder in the ZIP archive) at  the root of your external SD card. (If you already have a tomplayer folder on it, then remove it)
  • Boot your TomTom with the card plugged in it.

That's All folks...


Integrated in navcore installation


In this kind of installation, you aim at adding an icon in the Tomtom navcore menu in order to be able to launch Tomplayer from the navigation software.

Installing that way is more complex and really hard to support because any new navigation software update is likely to break Tomplayer.


In the ZIP Tomplayer archive you  find two interesting folders :

  • SDKRegistry
  • tomplayer

Note that you do not have to copy the provided ttsystem file with this installation.

Copy the Tomplayer folder whether at the root of the internal memory whether at the root of the external SD card.

The following depends on your device and navcore version.


TomTom Go (any version) or  TomTom ONE/XL with navcore V7x

  • Copy the SDKRegistry folder at the root of the device on which the navcore is installed.

If this folder already exists, then copy the content of tomplayer SDKRegistry folder in your device folder.

  • If you have an internal memory and if you have have installed Tomplayer on the external SD card then you have to edit the file tomplayer.cap and to replace the line 



Warning : This second point is only possible with TT GO because, with Tomtom ONE/XL,
it is impossible to use internal memory and external SDCARD at the same time...
  • If you have no internal memoy (only an external SD card, as some ONE devices) or if you have copied tomplayer folder in the internal memory, then the installation is finished, you do not have to modify tomplayer.cap file.
  • Boot your Tomtom and click on the Tomplayer icon that should have appeared on the 4th screen of the menu to launch your media center.

TomTom ONE/XL with navcore V8x

TomTom ONE or XL with a navigation software V8 do not directly use cap files in SDKRegistry folder to add icons in the navigation menu.

Download additional software

You need to download two pieces of software.

Firstly, download and install Microsoft .NET 1.1. This is only needed in order run the second bit of software. Don’t expect any programs to open after you’ve installed it.

Next, download and install TomTom menu designer.


Edit the menu

Open the ‘TomTom Menu Designer’ program.

This is a very simple piece of software, pretty self explanatory really.

It allows you to choose the menu icons and the order in which they appear on your TomTom. On the right hand side are the menu icons, and on the left is the virtual TomTom interface. Just drag the icons that you want and drop them wherever you would like them to appear on you TomTom. If you want to create an additional page, just click on the ‘Add new page’ option at the bottom. Scroll down the list of the items to the end. On the bottom right you will see an icon called ‘user SDK app’. This will be used for the Tomplayer. Drag it to wherever you want your Tomplayer icon to appear. You will be asked to ‘Enter the SDK application number’. At the moment the ‘SdkRgistry’ folder only contains the Tomplayer application, so the number will be 1.


(Later on you may want to install other applications. That’s when the application number will become relevant. I will give a link for other TomTom applications at the end of this post.)


Once you have finished customising your TomTom menu, click the ‘Create menu file’ button at the bottom. This will create a ‘TomTom.mnu’ file on your computer. You will most likely find it by opening ‘My computer’ and double clicking the ‘Preload C’ hard drive. Cut this file and paste it INSIDE the ‘SdkRegistry’ folder on your TomTom (‘root’ folder).

Close the TomTom ‘root’ folder and disconnect your TomTom (open ‘My computer’, right-click the TomTom icon and choose ‘Eject’). You will see a thin yellow bar filling up at the bottom of your TomTom. After this, your TomTom will show the splash screen. You can now pull the USB cable out. The TomTom should now be ready.


That's it ! Reboot and launch Tomplayer from the menu...


Note :

You can find the whole tutorial for TomTom ONE/XL with navcore V8x here.

Old entries about installation can also be found in the here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 23:18