How To: Convert shapefiles to KML in ArcGIS Pro
Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is an XML-based format for storing geographic data, and is a common format for sharing data with non-GIS users. It can be composed of point, line, polygon features, and raster imagery with either a .kml or .kmz file extension. This article provides the steps to convert single or multiple shapefiles to a KML file in ArcGIS Pro.
- Add the shapefile(s) to the map. Refer to Add a shapefile to the map for steps to do this.
- To convert multiple shapefiles to a KML file, group all the shapefiles in the Content pane. Skip this step if converting only one shapefile.
- Press Ctrl and click to select the desired shapefiles.
- Right-click a selected shapefile, and click Group. The selected shapefiles are grouped into New Group Layer.
- In the Geoprocessing pane, click Toolboxes, and navigate to Conversion Tools > KML > Layer To KML.
- In the Layer drop-down list, select the shapefile or the layer group containing the shapefiles.
- Set a name and location for Output File.
- Set other parameters as desired, and click Run.
The converted KML file is located in the specified output location with a .kmz extension (compressed or zipped KML files). The image below shows the KMZ file opened in ArcGIS Earth.
Note: To extract the KML files from the KMZ file, use a file extractor such as WinZip or WinRAR.
- How To: Convert shapefiles to KML
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