Open shp file
Did your computer fail to open shp file? We explain what shp files are and recommend software that we know can open your shp files.
What is shp file?
Files with shp file extension are generally geospatial vector data files used in ESRI GIS software. Later adopted by other vendors. Should not be confused with AutoCAD shape files, different format just sharing same extension.
shp file description
The shp file extension is used for ESRI Shape format, a popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information systems software. It is developed and regulated by ESRI as a (mostly) open specification for data interoperability among ESRI and other software products.
A shapefile stores non-topological geometry and attribute information for the spatial features in a data set. A shapefile consists of a set of 3 mandatory files, along with several optional files.
Each file in the set shares the shapefile name with a different extension. The main file .shp stores the geometry and must always have an index file shx. A dBASE file dbf stores all the attributes of the shapes in the main file. Additionally, a projection file prj stores the projection information.
There is also shp shape file used by AutoDesk programs. But that is different format just sharing the same file extension.
Software that will open shp file
Other shp file extensions
shp - AutoCAD shape file or source file for text fonts
Files with shp extension are also used by Autodesk programs like AutoCAD. These shape files contain geometric shapes for fonts. Should not be confused with ESRI shape files used in GIS software. Same extension, different format.
shp - Blazing Paddles shape table
An shp file extension is associated with the Blazing Paddles shape table format.
shp - CARE-S InfoWorks pipe cross-section data
An shp file extension is related to the CARE-S modeling software and used for its pipe cross-section data files.
shp - Clarion for Windows ship list
An shp file extension is related to the Clarion for Windows and used for its ship list files.
shp - Command & Conquer game data
An shp file extension is related to the Command & Conquer video game. An shp file contains game data.
shp - Movie Maker shape
Files with shp file extension are associated with Movie Maker shape format.
shp - PrintMaster icon library
An shp file extension is related to the PrintMaster designing suite and used for its icon libraries.