SHP File Extension

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Shapes Format
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What is SHP file?

SHP file format (short for shape) is used for storing vector graphics and data related to geospatial information used by geographic information system (GIS) software. SHP file can hold geographical and spatial data that describes such entities as landmarks, rivers, streets, or postal zones.

SHP format was created by ESRI, a company that supplies various GIS software products, and is still actively developed. SHP format is an open standard.

Idea behind SHP format

SHP file represents a 2D/3D image created using points, lines, and polygons. Each element of the project can have attributes (stored in separate file saved in DBF format) that describe related elements.

SHP and additional files

SHP are usually accompanied by additional files, some of which are required, and some optional. Required files: SHP, DBF, and SHX. Optional files: XML, SBX, and PRJ. Required files must be located in the same folder as the main file.

Conversion of a SHP file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the SHP extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of SHP file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from SHP extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to SHP file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the SHP file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the SHP file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the SHP file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the SHP file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the SHP file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the SHP file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

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