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

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .shp extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .shp file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .SHP file?

The file extension .SHP is Shapes File. The file is a 3D images related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .shp file on 1 platform.

How to open a .SHP file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .SHP file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SHP 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 right click on your file and choose “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 Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

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. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .SHP file.shp – ESRI. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .SHP file with the Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 program on Windows.