Opening KMZ files

Did your computer fail to open a KMZ file? We explain what KMZ files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your KMZ files.

What is a KMZ file?

KMZ files are KML files that have been compressed or "zipped" for easier download and distribution. Files with the .kmz extension store the locations of the maps that are used by the Google Earth mapping application.

Sometimes a KMZ file will include 3-D model data that has been exported from an SKP file. When this happens, the model is placed on the map to give users an idea of what the building will look like in that specific area.

The Google Earth application is a mapping application that offers users a bird's-eye view of recorded locations across the globe.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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