.shp

File Type 1 Shapes File IconShapes File
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually; may be referenced by an application
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Description

Object created and/or used by various 3D design programs; typically a three-dimensional image represented using polygons that are defined by vertices and lines; may also be a 2D drawing.

SHP files are also referenced by various video games.

Open With
Windows

IconAutodesk AutoCAD

IconAutodesk 3ds Max

IconCorelCAD

macOS

IconCorelCAD

Updated August 6, 2007
File Type 2 Generic IconESRI Shapefile
File Format Proprietary (ESRI)
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Description

Data set used by ESRI ArcView geographic analysis software; represents a set of geographic features such as streets, notable locations, ZIP Code boundaries, etc; can represent point, line, or area features; each object in a shapefile represents a single geographic feature and its attributes.

Open With
Windows

IconESRI ArcGIS for Desktop

IconACD Systems Canvas

IconPitney Bowes MapInfo

macOS

IconMerkaartor

IconQuantum GIS

IconuDig

Unix

IconMerkaartor

IconQuantum GIS

IcongvSIG

Updated 2007
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