What is a .KMZ File And How To Open It – Google (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .kmz extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .kmz file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .KMZ file?

The .KMZ file extension is from Google Earth Placemark File. It was developed by Google. The format of this file is zip, and it is a GIS software file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .kmz file on 5 platforms.

How to open a .KMZ file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Google Earth Pro, Trimble SketchUp 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 .KMZ file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Google Earth Pro software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .KMZ file on Mac

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .KMZ file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 .KMZ file on Linux

To open the .kmz file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .KMZ 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .KMZ file on Android

To open the .kmz file on Android, please follow these easy steps.

Step 1

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

First of all you need to locate 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: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Earth software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the Google Earth software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .KMZ 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 .KMZ file?

If you are still unable to open the .KMZ file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .KMZ file.kno – EvREsearch, .knt – KeyNote, .ko – Linux Kernel Module File, .kodak – Kodak Photo CD File, .kode – 1SQ Technologies. 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 .KMZ file with the Google Earth Pro, Trimble SketchUp, Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper programs on Windows, Google Earth Pro, Trimble SketchUp programs on Mac, Google Earth Pro software on Linux, Google Earth software on Android and Google Earth program in the Browser.