How To: Convert shapefiles to KML


KML is an XML-based format for storing geographic data and associated content. KML files have either a .kml extension, or a .kmz extension for compressed KML files. Refer to the following web help document, What is KML?, for more information about KML.


Instructions provided describe how to convert shapefiles to a KML file.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. Click the Geoprocessing tab, and click ArcToolbox to open the ArcToolbox window.
  3. Expand Conversion Tools.
  4. Expand To KML.
  5. To open the conversion tool window, double-click Layer To KML for an individual shapefile, or double-click Map To KML for compressed KML files.
  6. Under the Layer drop-down box, select the desired shapefile, or drag and drop the desired shapefile into the box.
  7. Specify the location to store the KML file.
  8. Click OK.

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