61. Running without Flight Simulator Installation

You can use Little Navmap on all computers no matter if SimConnect or a flight simulator are installed or not.

Follow these steps if want to install Little Navmap on a computer not containing a flight simulator installation. This is useful for a networked setup, for example. No functionality is affected except direct connect capability which is not needed in this case.

This scenario is typically used when connecting to a flight simulator to watch the progress of a flight remotely from another computer across a local network.

Flight plans can be created, loaded and saved on the client computer. You only have to make sure that these are transferred to the flight simulator computer using Windows shares or by other means.

These instructions apply to Windows, macOS and Linux computers equally.

  1. Install Little Navmap on both your flying computer and the client computer without simulator.

  2. Start it on the flying computer and generate the scenery library databases. See Load Scenery Library above for more information.

  3. Select Tools -> Files and Directories -> Show Database Files in the main menu on the flying computer. This will open the directory containing the database files in a file manager like Windows Explorer or Apple Finder. You will find one or more database file like little_navmap_fsx.sqlite, little_navmap_p3dv3.sqlite or little_navmap_xp11.sqlite.

  4. Exit Little Navmap on the flying computer.

  5. Start Little Navmap on the client/remote computer and select Tools -> Files and Directories -> Show Database Files.

  6. Exit Little Navmap on the client computer so you can copy the database files.

  7. Copy the database files to your client computer using network shares, USB sticks or whatever you like. Use the file manager windows that were opened by the steps above.

  8. Start Little Navmap on the client computer. The Scenery Library Menu should contain an entry for each copied database. Airport icons should be visible on the map in either case. There is no need to reload the scenery library database now since you just copied a fully populated ready-to-user database file.


Share flight plan and weather directories for X-Plane across computers and adjust the loading path in Options on page Cache and Files for remote setups.

Little Navmap watches the X-Plane 11 METAR.rwx and global_winds.grib files as well as the X-Plane 12 Output/real weather directory for changes and applies updates immediately.

See Remote Connection for information about networked setups.