What are KML files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a KML file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a KML file?
KML files have multiple uses, and Google Earth Placemark is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Google Earth Placemark File
KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language. Keyhole Inc. initially developed the KML file format for the Keyhole mapping application. Google acquired the Keyhole company and its software in 2004. The KML file format is now used primarily by the Google Earth application, although other mapping programs have been known to use this file format as well.
KML files use an XML format to store geographic modeling information. These files contain lines, points, images, and polygons. They are used to label locations and create overlay textures and camera angles for the maps created by the mapping applications.
How to open KML files
We have identified two KML openers that are compatible with this specific type of KML file.
Programs that open Google Earth Placemark files
Last updated: March 10, 2023
All known file formats using extension .KML
While Google Earth Placemark File is a popular type of KML-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .KML file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Emu48 Keyboard Configuration
We know that one KML format is Emu48 Keyboard Configuration. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different KML openers which you will find listed below.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of KML files. Remember, different programs may use KML files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|Google Earth Pro||User submitted|
|hiebook Reader||User submitted|
|ITN Converter||User submitted|
|Global Mapper||User submitted|
|Earth Browser||User submitted|
|Microsoft Application Virtualization||User submitted|
|Start Google Earth in OpenGL mode||User submitted|
|Adobe Acrobat||User submitted|
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