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.SHP File Extension

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File Type 1Shapes File

DeveloperN/A
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Category3D Image Files
FormatN/A

Unknown

File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

Definition

Object created and/or used by various 3D design programs; typically a three-dimensional image represented using polygons that are defined by vertices and lines; may also be a 2D drawing.

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SHP files are also referenced by various video games.

Program(s) that open .SHP files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Autodesk AutoCAD 2016
Autodesk 3ds Max 2016
CorelCAD 2015
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
CorelCAD 2015
Updated 8/9/2011

File Type 2ESRI Shapefile

DeveloperESRI
Popularity
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CategoryGIS Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

Data set used by ESRI ArcView, a geographic analysis application; stores a collection of geographic features, such as streets, points of interest, and zip code boundaries; can be used to store point, line, or area features.

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Each object within a SHP file contains an individual geographic feature and its attributes.

NOTE: ArcView is part of the ArcGIS software suite.

Program(s) that open .SHP files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
ACD Systems Canvas 15
Pitney Bowes MapInfo
Safe Software FME Desktop
ERDAS IMAGINE
Golden Software Voxler
TatukGIS Viewer
Merkaartor
Quantum GIS
gvSIG
uDig
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Merkaartor
Quantum GIS
uDig
Linux LogoLinux
Merkaartor
Quantum GIS
gvSIG
uDig
Android LogoAndroid
Quantum GIS
Updated 1/28/2013