What is a .KML File And How To Open It – Google (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .kml extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .kml file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .KML file?

The .KML file extension is from Keyhole Markup Language File. This file extension was developed by Google. This file belongs to the xml format and it is a GIS software file.

What to know

There are currently 5 software that can open the .kml file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .KML file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .KML file on various operating systems.

How to open a .KML file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .kml file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Google Earth Pro and Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .KML file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Google Earth Pro software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .KML file on Mac

The .kml file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Google Earth Pro software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .KML file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Google Earth Pro software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .KML file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .kml file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Google Earth Pro software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .KML file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Google Earth Pro software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .KML file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .kml file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .KML file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the BMAC Infotech KML Converter and Viewer software and install it. You could also download the Google Earth, Geo Measure Area Calculator and BMAC Infotech KML Converter and Viewer software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .KML file on iOS

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .kml file on iOS in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Geo Measure Area Calculator software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

How to open a .KML file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Earth. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .KML file?

If you are still unable to open the .KML file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .KML file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .kmm – K-Meleon, .kmp – Korg, .kmp – Nintendo, .kmr – KnowledgeMill, .kms – Correlate. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .KML file with the Google Earth Pro, Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper programs on Windows, Google Earth Pro program on Mac, Google Earth Pro software on Linux, BMAC Infotech KML Converter and Viewer, Google Earth, Geo Measure Area Calculator software on Android, Geo Measure Area Calculator software on iOS and Google Earth program in the Browser.