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Technical Article   HowTo:  Import a MapInfo interchange format (.MIF) in ArcGIS 9.x

Article ID: 26823
Software:  ArcGIS - ArcEditor 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1 ArcGIS - ArcInfo 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1 ArcGIS - ArcView 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1
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Instructions provided outline steps for importing an MapInfo interchange file (.MIF) using ArcGIS 9.x.


  1. Start ArcCatalog.
  2. Click View > Toolbars > ArcView 8x Tools.
  3. Click the Conversion Tools dropdown list and select MIF to Shapefile.

    [O-Image] Conversion Tools drop down
  4. Browse to an input MIF file and specify the feature type to import. Also specify an output shapefile name.

    [O-Image] MIF to Shapefile dialog
  5. Click OK.

     Folder names in the path to the input and output datasets are limited to 8 characters. If input or output data are located in a path with folder names longer than 8 characters, the tool fails with the message:

    Unable to finish conversion."

    The same error message will be returned if more than 32763 nodes per REGION or LINE and 3000 polygons per REGION exist in the input data.

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Created: 5/24/2004
Last Modified: 10/26/2011

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By Anonymous - 01/14/2005 12:34 PM

Not working...maybe a problem with Mac Line endings??? does this 1000 times, broke in 9.0... any ideas

By Anonymous - 10/11/2004 5:36 AM

But the name of input and output folder shouldn´t be too long.