The GML format enables to sort files created in the Geography Markup Language. It is a formal language. It was developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium, and it is based on the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). Its main purpose is to transfer geographic data. Rules regarding data storing within a GML file are defined in the ISO 19136:2007 norm.
Files saved in the GML format enable exchange of data containing geographic information, between different platforms.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open GML files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with GML suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Problems with accessing GML may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with GML extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports GML files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install FME Desktop or one to the listed programs: TatukGIS Viewer, Merkaartor. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit FME Desktop website and download the installer.
You still cannot access GML files although FME Desktop is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that FME Desktop cannot handle files with GML may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using FME Desktop.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate GML files with latest version of FME Desktop you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the GML file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
If the GML is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the GML file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If you obtained the problematic GML file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with GML extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Geography Markup Language Format file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support GML files. Close all running programs and try opening the GML file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Geography Markup Language Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with GML files affecting older versions of given software.
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