What is a .SHP File And How To Open It – ESRI (Guide)

Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .shp extension, but you are not sure what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .shp file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .SHP file?

The file extension .SHP is ESRI Shapefile. It was developed by ESRI. The format of this GIS software file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 9 software that can open the .shp file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .SHP file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .SHP file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Nevron Software MyDraw software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Pitney Bowes MapInfo, Safe Software FME Desktop, ERDAS IMAGINE, Golden Software Voxler, TatukGIS Viewer, Quantum GIS, gvSIG, uDig and Nevron Software MyDraw.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SHP 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: 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 Nevron Software MyDraw software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .SHP file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .shp file on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Nevron Software MyDraw software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Quantum GIS, uDig and Nevron Software MyDraw.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .SHP 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Nevron Software MyDraw software 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 .SHP file on Linux

The .shp file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the uDig software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Quantum GIS, gvSIG and uDig.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .SHP file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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, 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 uDig software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .SHP file on Android

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

Step 1

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

First of all you need to locate 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

To open the file, you will need to download the Quantum GIS software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. The other software that opens the .shp file on Android is Quantum GIS. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .SHP file?

If you cannot open the .SHP file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .SHP file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .shp – Shapes File. 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 .SHP file with the Nevron Software MyDraw, Pitney Bowes MapInfo, Safe Software FME Desktop, ERDAS IMAGINE, Golden Software Voxler, TatukGIS Viewer, Quantum GIS, gvSIG, uDig programs on Windows, Nevron Software MyDraw, Quantum GIS, uDig programs on Mac, uDig, Quantum GIS, gvSIG software on Linux and Quantum GIS software on Android.