What is a .SHX File And How To Open It – Autodesk (Easy Steps)


Have you downloaded a file with .shx extension, but you have never seen this extension 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 .shx file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .SHX file?

The file extension .SHX stands for AutoCAD Compiled Shape File. The development of this file was done by Autodesk. This CAD software file is in binary format.

What to know

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

How to open a .SHX file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SHX 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 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. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .SHX file?

If you are still unable to open the .SHX file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .SHX file.shx – Motorola, .shx – 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 .SHX file with the Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 program on Windows.