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SHP file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .shp file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .shp file?
  • What program do I need to open a .shp file?
  • How can the .shp file be opened, edited or printed?
  • How can I convert .shp files to another format?
  • Where can I find the specifications for .shp?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .shp extension?

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1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) found in database

.shp file extension details

ArcView Shape File

ArcView Shape File .shp file icon
SHP file is an ArcView Shape File. ArcView is full-featured GIS software for visualizing, analyzing, creating, and managing data with a geographic component. ESRI shapefiles store geographic features and their attribute data in a simple, non-topological vector format.
Category: GIS files
Application: ESRI ArcGIS Desktop
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
SHP aliases:
SHP related links:
SHP related extensions:
ArcView Project

ESRI ArcGIS Ascii Grid

ArcView Geocoding Standardization

ArcView Legend Template

ArcView Extension

ArcView Shape Index

ArcView Ungenerate File

Topocad Road Profile

Topocad Roadlines

Topocad Traverse Document

Other types of files may also use the .shp file extension.

.shp file extension error

The .shp file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

sup, zhp, chp, syp, stp, sp, smp, shl, sgp, qhp, ehp, xhp, sph, snp, sho

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

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OpenSBP CNC Program
Simplexety Parameter File
Sealed JPEG Image
open .shp file

Can't open a .shp file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .shp file association, check the FAQ.

.shp file extension

Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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.shp file extension

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