.SHP File Extension

2 file types use the .shp file extension.
File Type 1

Shapes File

Developer N/A
3.5  |  47 Votes
Category 3D Image Files
Format N/A

What is an SHP file?

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.

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Updated August 9, 2011
File Type 2

ESRI Shapefile

Developer ESRI
3.0  |  20 Votes
Category GIS Files
Format Binary

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.

Programs that open or reference SHP files

Updated April 3, 2018

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