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.KMZ File Extension

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File TypeGoogle Earth Placemark File

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CategoryGIS Files


This file is saved in a zipped format. You can view the contents by unzipping it with a file decompression program.


Stores map locations viewable in Google Earth, a global mapping program; provides a bird's eye view of locations throughout the U.S. and other areas of the world; placemarks may include a custom name and the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of the location.

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KMZ files may also include limited 3D model data exported from Google Sketchup (as an .SKP file) or from ArchiCAD. The model can be placed on the map at a specific location to provide an idea of what the building will look like in that area.

KMZ files are zipped .KML files, which make them easier to distribute and share with multiple users.

NOTE: You can open a KMZ file in Google Maps by saving the KMZ file to an online location and then typing the URL in the Google Maps search box. For example, if your file is hosted at http://mywebsite.com/myfile.kmz, type the URL in the search box and it will be displayed in Google Maps.

Alternatively, to display your KMZ file in Google Maps, you can construct the URL yourself by prefixing it with http://maps.google.com/maps?q=. Therefore, using the same URL from above, you would type the following URL in your Web browser:


Program(s) that open .KMZ files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Google Earth
Trimble SketchUp
Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Mac OS X LogoMac
Google Earth
Trimble SketchUp
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Linux LogoLinux
Google Earth
Blender with Google Earth Importer plug-in
Web LogoWeb
Google Maps
Updated 1/12/2015